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Israeli security guard murdered in terrorist attack in Copehagen voted ‘Dane of the Year’

Dan Uzan was protecting a bat mitzvah celebration at a synagogue and prevented the terrorist from entering; Denmark daily newspaper’s readers chose him by overwhelming majority.

Itamar Eichner

Dan Uzan, the Jewish-Israeli murdered last February when a terrorist tried to enter a central Copenhagen synagogue that he was guarding, was voted Dane of the year on Tuesday by an overwhelming majority of Danish daily newspaper Berlingske’s readers.

The award was given to Dan’s father, Sergio Mordechai Uzan, by the newspaper’s editor. Dan’s mother and sister also attended the ceremony and received emotional rounds of applause.


The Danish Jewish community numbers about 7,000 people, 5,000 of whom live in Copenhagen. Uzan, whose father is Israeli and whose mother is Danish, was 37 years old. He served as a security guard for the city’s Jewish community and was stationed at the entrance to the synagogue to guard Hannah Bentov’s bat mitzvah party. An armed radical Islamic terrorist attempted to break into the synagogue and shot Uzan, who is thought to have prevented a massacre


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