Protestant Chapel Set on Fire

Country: Germany

Date of incident: November 16, 2009

Chapel set on fire in the night from November 15th to 16th in Over (Hamburg). Damage caused is estimated over 100,000 Euros.

In Over close to Hamburg, a Protestant-Lutheran chapel was set on fire for the third time. The police have not yet found the culprit. Pastor Bernd Abesser says that the damage widely exceeds the amount of 100.000 Euros. The chapel was already set on fire in 2003 and again on September 27, 2009. Pews, organ and holy vestment were rescued by firemen. The pastor plans to rebuild the chapel. While the transgressor has not yet been captured and could not yet have been asked about his motives, public voices speak of “christophobia”. Sources: