2 years after the terrorist attack at Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz Christmas market, why visitors say they won’t be kept away

Photo by Nikki Motson


By Nikki Motson

On Dec. 19, 2016, Germany was shocked when a semi-truck was driven into the crowd at the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market in what authorities say was a terrorist attack. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured. Two years later, we hear how people feel at the site of where the attack took place.

Leon Melamed was selling mulled wine and hot chocolate the night of the attack. His memories from that night are hard to shake, and he shares one that still haunts his dreams. But Melamed also recalls the good he saw in the wake of the tragedy – police officers and firemen working tirelessly, a city coming together.

A service to honor the victims takes place at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. The market is open daily through Jan. 6.