Lutheran Church Burnt Down in Hannover

Country: Germany
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Private
Tags: Hate Crime

July 29, 2013: In the night from July 29 to 30, the Lutheran church and parish house Willehadikirche in Hannover was set on fire and burned down completely despite the efforts of 150 firemen. The police concluded the following day that it was a case of deliberate arson. Neighbours reported that they saw a group of youth trying to set the church on fire but thought that they had not succeeded.

One neighbor said: „If they set a church on fire, the will set family homes on fire next.“

Sources and further information:

Read more in German: www.haz.de/Hannover/Aus-der-Region/Garbsen/Nachrichten/Brandstiftung-in-evangelischer-Kirche-in-Garbsen

View telecast (1:17) in German: youtu.be/thvTPE-tf5w

View over 200 photos: www.haz.de/Hannover/Aus-der-Region/Garbsen/Fotostrecken/Brand-der-Willehadikirche-in-Garbsen