In 1936, during the Third Reich's attempt to locate and find the Ark of the Covenant, a young soldier and his fellow Nazis served under Colonel Herman Dietrich, French archaeologist René Emile Belloq and Gestapo agent Major Arnold Ernst Toht at Tanis outside Cairo, Egypt. One morning, he accompanied his fellow soldiers and his superiors to the Well of the Souls, where Belloq's rival, American archaeologist Indiana Jones, had found the Ark.
Following the capture of the Ark, Dietrich assigned the task of executing Jones' accomplice, Egyptian excavator Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir, to the young soldier, who took Sallah away to a secluded spot, stood him against a tree and prepared to shoot him. However, he was unable to bring himself to kill Sallah, and let the digger go.
Behind the scenes Edit
The scene involving the Young Soldier's inability to murder Sallah was cut from the film, despite David Wisniewitz and Karen Allen (Marion Ravenwood) 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 comic book adaptation, Sallah instead explains to Indiana Jones and Marion that he was able to escape punishment by convincing Dietrich that he and the other diggers were tricked into believing Jones was a German.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (First appearance)