De var i butikken for å handle kosher-mat til sabbaten da de hørte skuddsalver fra etasjen over. Skrekkslagne gjemte de seg i fryserommet i kjelleren i minus tre grader i fem timer.
En av dem fikk ringt en onkel som befant seg bak politisperringene sammen med hundrevis av engstelige beboere som hadde blitt evakuert fra hjemmene sine i nærheten.
‘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.
‘We know these people are monsters and would not hesitate to kill Jewish people. They targeted the supermarket because it was run by Jews.
‘In the past year 7,000 Jews have already left France and after this there will be many thousands more. We are not safe in France any more. There is no future for Jews here in France . We are finished in France.’