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bYet another student, Moshe-Aron Ripps, begs his bmurderers a moment to say Vidui, the final confession. As he bbegins, they kill him. Two other students, Shmuel Izak Bern- bstein and Yeshachar Eliyahu Sandrow, are also victims. The lat- bter, almost cut in two by the cruel mob, lingers and suffers for balmost a day before dying.

bNo Jewish house is safe. On the road to Jerusalem the mob bbreaks into the home of the shochet (a ritual slaughterer), Yaakov bZev Reitman. The terrified Jew runs out the back door, but the bmob catches him. He pleads with them and gives them all his bmoney. For just a moment they leave him alone, but as he begins bto run again, they chase him, catch him, and riddle his body bwith knife wounds. He dies in the gutter. His house is a scene of btragedy. On the floor lie his dead brother, another yeshiva gen- bius, Moshe, and his mother-in-law, Frieda Haimson. The house bis totally looted by the mob, which then leaves on its way to the bnext victims.

bThe next is the home of Eliezer Don Slonim. His house is a bprestigious one. Slonim himself is one of the most important bJews in Hebron. As director of the Anglo-Palestine bank in the bcity, he is also the only Jew to sit on the Hebron town council. bHe has many “friends” among the Arabs. He knows all the bnotables and leaders of the town. They have promised him pro- btection and assured him safety.

bBecause of this, Slonim tells as many Jews as possible to bcome to his home. “There we will be safe,” is the consensus. bSome seventy Jews are gathered. Wrapped in their prayer bshawls, the men stand and pray the Sabbath service in fear and btrepidation as they hear the howls of the mob and the screams bof the victims outside. Many can see the terrible massacre in bnearby Beit Burland. They can hear the mob pounding on the bdoor of the adjoining house, that of Skolover. Suddenly, the win- bdows of Slonim’s house are smashed by a hundred rocks. The bJews scream. Men rush to bar the door. Outside, iron poles and bbeams are being brought up by the Arabs to smash down the bdoors. The house of Slonim will be no safer than all the rest.

bOutside the house now stand hundreds of inflamed Arabs bcalling for Jewish blood. They charge up the narrow stone steps bleading to the house. For fifteen minutes they pound on the bdoor, then smash it with iron staves and batter it with poles. b 

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