Copenhagen Synagogue terror victim acclaimed as a hero

Dan Uzan HY”D, murdered at the Copenhagen Synagogue

In yesterday’s post, cba commented that Dan Uzan, the Jewish security guard killed at the Copenhagen Synagogue, had prevented a far greater loss of life. Now more details have emerged of his heroism:

Dan Uzan, a volunteer, who was on duty as some 8o people celebrated at a bat-mitzva party inside the community center, “prevented a massacre from occurring” the head of Copenhagen’s Jewish community, Dan Rosenberg Asmussen told Danish media outlets.“He and his family paid a very high price.” Authorities said that Uzan was talking to police outside the house of worship when he was shot from close range by the assailant.

In both physical appearance, and in personality, those that knew Uzan, who stood over 6.5 feet tall, described him as a giant. A former elite basketball player, Uzan held a degree in economics and was said to be a hard worker.

On social media, Uzan was honored for his dedication to the Jewish community, with some even comparing him to the legendary Jewish hero of the Warsaw Ghetto, Mordechai Anielewicz.

“Dan served the community as a guard for twenty years! Since he was 17 years old… Rain or shine, whether it was freezing or blazing hot, Dan would be there and he stood there like a rock,” Daniel, who asked The Algemeiner not to publish his last name, said of his friend. “As a friend, you could always call him, no matter what the time of day. He would always show up. Always.”

An elderly Jewish couple, fragile and visibly shaken by Uzan’s death, were interviewed by Danish television outside the synagogue, where people had gathered to lay flowers and offer prayers. “We are shocked,” they said, barely able to talk, “he was such a fine human being. Always happy, always smiling and always ready to help. Nothing was too heavy for Dan Uzan, nothing too difficult.”

“He also helped organise several parties for the young kids of the club, where he made sure that they were safe,” Dam added. Uzan played for the basketball club for several years, and served a stint as the team captain. The club has scheduled a memorial tribute for him at their next game on Monday night.

What a huge loss to his family, the Danish Jewish community and to the Jewish people as a whole. May Hashem avenge the blood of Dan Uzan and may his family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

יהי זכרו ברוך.

Unsurprisingly the terrorist turns out to have been a home-grown Danish Muslim, Omar el-Hussein, and he was assisted by two others who have now been arrested.

And once again, foreign leaders have condemned both attacks which have a surprising similarity to each other: first the attack on free speech and then the attack on Jews, followed by a shootout with the police. At least Obama didn’t call the attacks “random” this time. Maybe he has learned a lesson.

When will Europe wake up to the danger of the extremist Muslims in their midst?

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9 Responses to Copenhagen Synagogue terror victim acclaimed as a hero

  1. Debby says:

    Anne, I didn’t see any statement by Obama in the news at all? The national security council spokesperson sent general condolences to the victims’ families and Danish community on a whole, but so far I’m not seeing any response but silence from the president. I will continue to look.

    • anneinpt says:

      Maybe in this case silence is the better option. As the old saying goes (I paraphrase) “better to keep silent and let us think you’re a fool, rather than opening your mouth and proving it”.

      I’d rather Obama kept quiet rather than bleat on in absurd inanities about random killings or “hijacked Islam” or whatever is the excuse du jour.

  2. Earl says:

    It will certainly take Daniel Pipes’ prescription of “eduction by murder” to get the Western public out of their complacency. Fortunately, my (unscientific, anecdotal) conclusion in Canada is that, after the Ottawa and Quebec Mohammedan atrocities, the public now “gets it”.

    RIP, W.O. Vincent and Cpl. Cirillo. Your murders were not without meaning.

    • anneinpt says:

      I’m not so sure the West is going to be educated by murder. How many more atrocities do the Muslims have to carry out before it sinks in? Wasn’t 9/11, 7/7, Beslan, Madrid, Bombay etc. not enough? Not to mention Brussels, Toulouse, Paris and now Copenhagen. And yet still their heads remain thick.

  3. Debby Potter says:

    We just had two police officers in Brooklyn, New York murdered through jihad, but I don’t think New York, much less America as a whole, yet “get it.” Sadly, the deaths of police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were meaningless acts of violence. We were not educated by these murders.

  4. Earl says:

    And here is the level of unlettered, dhimmified rubbish spewed out by Western leaders, in this case Danish PM Thorning-Schmidt: “We’re not witnessing a battle between Islam and the West. This is a fight for freedom against a dark ideology.” Truly, it’s as though Madrid, Beslan, 7/7, 9/11, Bali, Drummer Rigby, etc., etc. never occurred.

    But if even Cohen in the NYT today “gets it”- and calls it for what it is- I reckon progress is being made:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/17/opinion/roger-cohen-islam-and-the-west-at-war.html?_r=1

    • anneinpt says:

      Maybe there is a small glimmer of hope. Very small, too little and I fear too late.

      Re the Danish PM, what is that “dark ideology” BUT Islam? I think they all know well enough. They’re just scared to say the words for fear of yet more violence by the Muslims. i.e. it’s emotional blackmail, even if self-imposed.

  5. Reality says:

    May his memory be a blessing & his family be comforted amonst the mourners of Zion.
    This is how Islam is winning. The entire west is so bent on being politically correct that they fear calling Islamic terror what it is. Possibly they also fear unleashed (un) holy rages if they DO pronounce that Islam is a radical terrorist religion. The only one’s prepared to talk like this is (sometimes Israel) or the few& far between secular Muslims. So I won’t hold my breathe in the hope that someone will actually do something to stop things happening. The west will wake up when they are wearing burkas & living shaaria law.
    May th L-d have pity on them as I won’t!

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