Friday, January 9, 2015

30 French Jews saved by hiding in the freezer of store on erev shabbos

Thirty Jewish shoppers avoided being taken hostage at kosher deli by shutting themselves in cold storage, huddling together to stay warm Terrified shoppers hid in a freezing cold storage room for five hours after Islamic terrorists stormed a Paris supermarket. Lassana Bathily, a Muslim employee at Paris Kosher grocery store Hyper Cacher, saved several people by hiding them in a walk-in freezer when a gunman laid siege to his workplace on Friday. Bathily, identified by French media as a "Malian Muslim," helped several customers to safety as the chaos unfolded. "I went down to the freezer, I opened the door, there were several people who went in with me. I turned off the light and the freezer," Bathily, 24, told French network BFMTV. "I brought them inside and I told them to stay calm here, I'm going to go out. When they got out, they thanked me."

Hearing the sound of gunfire above them about thirty Jewish people buying kosher food for the Sabbath cowered in minus three temperatures praying they would not be found.
One of the shoppers, 36-year-old father-of-four Johan Dorre was able to call a friend on his mobile phone to tell him they were trapped two floors below the ground floor, where six hostages were held at gunpoint.
Then as the siege unfolded he called his uncle, who offered words of comfort as he waited behind Police barriers with hundreds of anxious residents of the quarter who had been evacuated from their homes by Police.
'Johan and the others were terrified that they would be discovered by the terrorists and were forced to huddle together like frightened animals to avoid hypothermia', another uncle Jacob Katorza told the Daily Mail, just minutes after hearing that his nephew had been freed unharmed.  'He was shopping for the kosher cakes and meat delicacies which we Jewish people enjoy on the holy day when he heard shots being fired above on the ground floor and immediately took cover with other shoppers in the basement.
'Johan was to speak to my brother Haim by phone for only two or three minutes and told him to stay quiet and wait until help arrived.

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