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?