Previously unknown high quality photographs of the aftermath of the 1929 Arab pogrom of Jews on Hevron have been discovered in the Library of Congress archives.
Lenny Ben David, former diplomat and lobbyist in Washington, published the photographs on his blog and noted that he had shown them to Hevron Jewish community leaders who said they had never been published before.
The massacre was one of the tragedies that befell the Jewish people during the month of Av, Ben David noted.
In an orgy of sadistic violence on August 24, 1929, 67 of Hevron's Jews were murdered by neighbors they had lived with in peace and harmony for many years. Hevron is the city where the Jewish Patriarchs and Matriarchs are buried and where King David ruled for seven years before going to Jerusalem, so that it is one of the four holy cities in Israel for Jews.
There was no reason for the massacre other than the encouragement of the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin El-Husseini, who later joined Hitler. The Arabs murdered children in front of their parents, severed limbs, raped and burned people alive.
The British High Commissioner in the Land of Israel, Sir John Chancellor, published a statement following the massacre, saying,
I have learned with horror of the atrocious acts committed by bodies of ruthless and bloodthirsty evil-doers, of savage murders perpetrated upon defenseless members of the Jewish population regardless of age or sex, accompanied as at Hebron, by acts of unspeakable savagery, of the burning of farms and houses in town and country and of the looting and destruction of property.
These crimes have brought upon their authors the execration of all civilized peoples throughout the world.
An Arab woman who remembers the massacre recently gloated over it in an interview
. Needless to say, the massacre preceded any Jewish military acts as it took place in 1929 when Jews had no army and were attempting to return to Israel and rebuild it. The remaining Jews of Hevron fled the ancient city a short time after the massacre and the community was not renewed until after 1967.
Click on the pictures to see them as an album.