Sabrine, 52, worked as a stall holder on the Breitscheidplatz for more than 10 years. And every night since the truck careered through the Christmas market, she has nightmares.
“In my head I have the explosive pop can still hear, as the truck crashed into the market and the creaking noise as it scratched at the stalls,” she said. “Our leaders have advised us to speak our thoughts to ourselves, but for me it is better about it.”
In spite of the horrors they experienced that night, Sabrine said she was grateful for the return to work when the market opened again on Thursday for the first time since the attack.
“First, it shows the terrorists that they will not stop us; it is like giving the middle finger,” she said. “And, second to sit at home and watch everything on the media just eat me.”
Although the market had opened, it was far from an ordinary day. Exhibitors had been invited to hold bright lights and music turned off, and there are no customers in their tin can alley stall. “We don’t expect, that throw balls at tin cans today,” said Sabrine, prefers to give her last name. “We will not make money today, but that does not mean that we want to be here.”
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Passers-by inventory of other exhibitors, or the cops who patrolled pistols on the market in lines of three or four, hands ready on the triggers of their machine.
The visitors go through the re-opened Christmas market on the Breitscheidplatz in Berlin. Photo: Michael Kappeler/AP
“It feels important to speak up and to be here,” said Hilde, held between the serving of mulled wine on your Stand, their hands on the stove to warm them in the midst of sub-zero temperatures. Before the 11 a.m. opening, she had visited the worship service, come for the exhibitors and market visitors in the Kaiser-Wilhelm-memorial-Church, at the foot of which the truck was at a standstill. “It was a good thing you had all along, even though it is little comfort, of words now,” she said.
Martin Germer of the Church, the pastor has been who died acting as a consultant for the exhibitors and some of the relatives of the 12 people and injuring dozens others in the attack, told the congregation: “It feels right, opened the market again as a sign of our determination to keep going.”
At the door of his Church, he had a sign which read,: “Shocked and sad, we remember the people who died on Monday, 19. December, directly next to our Church. You were torn out of our lives so suddenly. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured [the] body and soul-and with the families of all the victims.”
Inside the Church, the members of the public in the queue to sign condolence books, immersed in the soothing marine light its glass window. At numerous points within and outside the market, thousands of candles, flowers and hand-written notes was left behind, the residents and tourists. Some wiped away tears as she read the messages, while the others linked arms or hugged.
Authorities stepped up security at the reopened market. Photo: Michael Kappeler/EPA
Stuffed animals and prayer books were among the memories and pieces of jewelry, left in the scene. The flags of Israel and Italy, to honor, were the two victims from these countries, Dalia Elyakim and Fabrizio di Lorenzo. Someone had placed a vinyl single of a song made famous by the legendary Berlin-based singer and actress Hildegard Knef: “The happiness known only to minutes” (happiness is fleeting).
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Mohamad, 25, visited with his mother, Elham, 49, said he has been confronted by the massacre, on his way home from work in a nearby sports Shoe-stall. “It was a half an hour later, around 8.30 PM,” he said. “At first I thought it was an accident, it must – then the reality sank in.”
Born in Berlin of Palestinian parents living as refugees in Lebanon, who arrived in Germany in the early 1990s, Mohamad said: “These attackers are a ruin in the name of Islam. We have come here to prove that it is also the other side of our religion.”
A stall holder in his 40s, the sale of cocoa and chocolate dusted on the side of the market, next to the Kurfürstendamm shopping street, the city, the largest shopping promenade, said he had suffered from insomnia since the attack. On hearing the crash, he remembered, he had run over to help rescue the wounded – and had stumbled on corpses.
“I’ll never forget what I saw, and I can’t begin to put it into words,” he said. But he said he found a little consolation from the belief that the consequences of the attack could have been much worse. “It was a gas canister from a sausage Stand, I think, which was called punctured, leaking, or as a result of the impact of the owner that it could explode,” he said, giving the decline, his last name.
“While someone is trying to said switch on the supply, I ran it around and tell it to run the exhibitors and to realize that the chain reaction that may occur if it doesn’t explode, what bear thinking about”,.
Friedrich Hilke, a 60-year-old businessman on an annual visit with his wife to Berlin Christmas markets from Uslar in lower Saxony, said he would continue to do his Christmas shopping at the market as planned. “We’re still shaking inside,” he said. “But after two days locked in our hotel watching the news footage of this, we are glad to be able to come and show our solidarity.”
The victims of the Berlin Christmas market attack
He was angry, Hilke said, to those who had tried to lay the blame for the attack on Angela Merkel for her open-door policy towards refugees and migrants.
“On the contrary, you to popular belief, is not controlled against a large part of the country, in Europe, the refugees, many people wanted to end up on the wayside in the mud from Hungary, where to leave them. We should be grateful we have a leader with such warm-heartedness, and be wary of the cheap radical right-wing slogans we hear these days,” he added.
The scope of the market, a team of workers that had built the fire brigade and police, 60 large concrete barriers in front of the opening. Each was four meters long, 60cm wide and a Meter high; they were needed to make people feel safe, said Michael Roden, head of the Berlin stall holders and fun fair club.
“We need to get back to a state of normalcy as quickly as possible and at the same time to reassure people that what has happened can not be repeated,” he said. “We have passed for years about the possibility of something like that – I’ve worked here for 30 years – but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined something like this.”
At the point where the Scania truck from the road, cutting huts through the stands and careering down the alley of the wood, the obstacles that were placed two or three deep.
A black-and-white projection screen-image of the square rests on an easel at the now empty space marked where the wooden huts destroyed had been of influence. Some of the debris from the crash was still visible behind the red plastic film, with broken beer bottles and Christmas decor, a crack in the backdrop of the Alps and a broken wooden porch swing.