Originally published by Chabad.org
An Israeli citizen found dead in Berlin over the weekend had approached Chabad of Berlin for food and a place to sleep late last week and had made plans to attend the Passover seder there.
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“A man in his early 20s came to us during the day last Friday and didn’t have a place to sleep and didn’t have anything to eat, ” Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, community rabbi of Berlin and director of Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Education Center told the Associated Press.
Teichtal said a fellow rabbi arranged a place for the man to sleep at a community center near Alexanderplatz—the large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin—less than a mile from where the victim was found Sunday morning.
“We arranged everything for him, but then he didn’t show up again, ” reported Teichtal.
The Israeli embassy said it had received confirmation of the man’s identity, but it declined to release the victim’s name or age. A police spokesperson in Berlin confirmed that investigators had found the passport of a 22-year-old Israeli man in the back pocket of the victim’s sweatpants. The man was found by passers-by early Sunday morning with “massive injuries to his head.”
Berlin has a vibrant Jewish community, which, like those of many cities in Europe, has been grappling with growing anti-Semitism. In recent years, a reported 20, 000 to 30, 000 Israelis have moved to Berlin.