Following the capture of the Ark of the Covenant, Colonel Herman Dietrich assigned the task of executing Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir to a young soldier who took Sallah away to a secluded spot and prepared to shoot him. However, he was unable to bring himself to kill Sallah, and let him go.
Behind the scenesEditThe Young Soldier was played by Martin Kreidt in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Kreidt was a German youth vacationing in Tunisia at the time of Raiders of the Lost Ark's filming.
The scene involving the Young Soldier's inability to murder Sallah was cut from the film, despite David Wisniewitz and Karen Allen calling it the greatest moment since the film began. However, Kreidt still can be seen amongst the soldiers standing around the entrance to the Well of the Souls.
In the Raiders novelization and comic book adaptation, Sallah says he escaped punishment by convincing Dietrich that Indy had tricked him and the other diggers into thinking he was a German officer, and the Soung Soldier is neither seen nor mentioned. In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures and its sequel, the Young Soldier is also absent. After Sallah is taken away from the Well of the Souls and captured by the Nazis, he manage to escape from them offscreen.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (First appearance)