Austria - Mobile Jewish prayer house sculpture damaged

- Last Tuesday, the “Mobile Prayer House” was built on the square in front of the State Theater in Innsbruck, to commemorate the pogrom nights at the beginning of November 1938. Just two days later, on Thursday night, it was damaged by strangers. The interior was demolished.

The mobile prayer house is a walk-in sculpture with the floor plan of a Star of David. The art project conceived by the artists Oskar Stocker and Luis Rivera is also a visible sign of Jewish life in Innsbruck.

Part of the work of art then had to be dismantled for safety reasons.

According to the police, there are currently no indications of an antisemitic act, but the incident is reported to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. The work of art is to be repaired, including a reference to video surveillance.