AMIA Official History
Mr. Fabián Schalit was one of 85 victims of the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina) bombing that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 18, 1994.
At approximately 9:05 in the morning, a van containing 275 kilograms of explosives detonated on Noreguy Street, destroying the headquarters of AMIA and damaging surrounding buildings, while also injuring 151 people. The victims included passersby and occupants of the surrounding buildings. AMIA, a mutual aid society, was one of the most visible Jewish organizations in Argentina. It was the largest bombing in the history of Argentina and the deadliest attack on Jews since the end of World War II. The bombing came on the heels of a similar attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in March of 1992, which killed 29 people.
Mr. Schalit was known for being very studious, and after receiving his bachelor’s degree in economics, he began to run his father’s factory. He was very protective, and always looked after the whole family. He was at AMIA with his brother Pablo, his cousin Luis, and their friend Elías. They were making arrangements for his grandfather’s burial.