The mayor of Surfside, an Orthodox Jew, and his family are still under police guard after receiving a Nazi-themed death threat.
On the afternoon of August 4, Mayor Shlomo Danzinger received an email from someone claiming to be a member of the Fourth Reich, making mention of the potential revival of a Nazi party, and suggesting that they visit Danzinger’s home to “teach his family a lesson.
In essence, the email suggested that the author visit Danzinger’s home and give his or her family a lesson, the author told VIN News.
Danzinger forwarded the email right away to the town attorney and police chief, who both recognized it as a credible threat while they were still at Town Hall when it arrived.
The email was forwarded to the State Attorney’s office, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
After returning to his Surfside home, Danzinger had a discussion about the situation with his wife and their three children, aged 20, 15, and 9, while trying to make sure they understood how serious the situation was without making them worry.
As a precaution, I advised them not to leave the house unless someone was with them and to assume that anyone using flashlights in the area is there to protect us, according to Danzinger.
Danzinger and his family were confined to their home for both Shabbat and Sunday. In order to keep the family safe, he declined his son’s request to return to Florida. He is currently serving in the Israeli Defense Forces at the age of 21.
Danzinger stated that there is a significant police presence near his home and that he fully expects to pursue legal action against the sender of the threat. He noted that the threat is both anti-Semitic in nature and an attack on an elected official.
The use of a Swiss server that hides the actual IP address may make it difficult to identify that person, necessitating the intervention of the U.S. The attorney’s office has so far refrained from intervening.
Danzinger received the threatening email just two days after sparking a dispute at a municipal commission when Commissioner Nelly Vasquez repeatedly stopped the mayor as he made a proposal.
Danzinger repeatedly asked Vasquez to halt the incursions; after Vasquez refused, Danzinger asked if a Spanish speaker in the room could interpret his request to the commissioner; this remark earned him a racist label and media shaming. He then claimed that his comment was made out of irritation and wasn’t meant to be disrespectful. In order to harm his reputation before the March 2024 mayoral race, Danzinger characterized the pattern of disturbances at town meetings as an intentional effort on the part of his opponents.