The story of an American resident visiting Germany is being shared across America, as she was just a few steps away from being a victim instead of a survivor.
57-year-old Susan Schwartz of Pennsylvania and her sister Marcia barely escaped with their lives.
Schwartz told the Pittsburg Post-Gazette that “My sister said ‘Something’s wrong, we need to get out of here’ ” moments before the truck ran into the crowd causing the death of twelve and leaving many injured.
“My sister grabbed me by the arm, and we started walking through a narrow passage [along the church],” a reference to nearby Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
“Then more people started coming our way in more of a hurry, knocking tables over and breaking glasses. We saw a man fall down and people stacking up on top of him. We got to the other side of the church and we started praying.”
The woman explained that, “The place where the truck came to rest was directly across from where we were standing.” And “I keep thinking that if I had decided to try on a coat I was looking at or if I’d stopped to eat the sandwich I bought, we’d have been right there. If we had done just one thing differently, we would have been there. There’s no explanation why. It was awful.
“All you can think is that ‘by the grace of God.’ You don’t understand why we were spared and other people weren’t.”
The sisters returned on Wednesday night to attend a memorial service where prayers for the city were being offered.
According to a recent story published by Faithwire, the terrorist at the christmas market in Berlin has been identified as a 24-Year-Old Tunisian man by the name of Anis Amri.
Amri has gone under six different aliases in the past and is considered a soldier of the extremist movement.
At this time there is a $100,000 reward to help locate the man who had been under surveillance in Germany earlier in the year and was facing deportation.
At this time the man is still at large and most likely armed.