The banner to its side is daubed with blood-red paint and reads: “Six Million Lies” – a reference to the six million Jews of Europe and Russia murdered by the Nazis.
Prosecutors in the town of Gotha have promised a “full and swift inquiry” to bring the perpetrators to justice.
But anti-Semitism is on the rise all across Germany with the government reporting the desecration of a Jewish cemetery, vandalism at Jewish schools and kindergartens, cultural centres or synagogues every week of the year.
Michael Friedman, a German TV commentator who formerly headed the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said; “This was no cavalier act but he actions of immoral anti-Semites who horrify us all.”
There were 17,176 summons’ issued against neo-Nazis in Germany last year but there seems to be no stopping the tide of hate.
A fortnight ago in the capital Berlin a rabbi and eight rabbinical students driving in a van were harassed and abused by two people in a passing car. “Die, yids!” and “The gas is waiting!” were two of the insults hurled at them.
More than 790 anti-Semitic criminal offences were registered in Germany between January and September this year – a post-war record. The phenomenon both confounds and depresses lawmakers who have gone to enormous lengths since Hitler’s Reich passed into history to try to expunge the stain of Nazi thinking.
The Jewish community in Germany is the fastest-growing in the world, according to the World Jewish Congress, mostly because of immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Germany’s Central Council of Jews says the Jewish community has some 110,000 registered members.
But the politicians have their work cut-out for them in efforts to turn around grassroots perceptions of Jews and Jewish life, particularly among the young.
Frankfurt-based Holocaust scholar Gottfried Cosler said recently that German youth have begun to use the word “Jew” as a common curse-word.
The prominent police presence in Berlin and other major cities outside synagogues, Jewish learning and cultural centres testifies to their fragile presence in modern-day society.
“Germany has done much to atone for the Holocaust,” wrote on Jewish scholar recently. “But it can’t seem to rid itself of the past which now infects the future.”