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Bialik is Buried in Tel Aviv As Jewry Mourns

Chaim Nachman Bialik, Hebrew poet laureate who died suddenly in Vienna, on July 4, was buried late this afternoon in a grave in the Tel Aviv Jewish cemetery. Thousands of people lined the streets of Tel Aviv to pay their last respects to the poet who symbolized for them the aspirations of Jewish Palestine.

All national Jewish institutions in Palestine were closed out of respect to the memory of the poet. In Tel Aviv all normal activities were at a complete standstill.

All morning long thousands of Palestinian Jews filed past the bier of the poet, whose body lay in state at the Tell Aviv city hall. From four in the afternoon until six, all activities in the entire country were halted.

From every section of Palestine and from many European countries came Jewish delegations to pay a final tribute to the Hebrew poet laureate.

All traffic in Tel Aviv was completely halted as the immense funeral procession moved through the streets. Black draped Zionist flags were in evidence everywhere.

At the request of the widow ceremonies at the cemetery were confined to the Hebrew liturgy for the dead.

Early this morning the body of the poet arrived in the harbor of Tel Aviv, carried by the liner Italia, designated by the Trieste-Lloyd line as a special transport of honor. A group of Palestinian Jewish notables had accompanied the body from Trieste. The vessel flew its flag at half-mast.

The body was taken to the Tel Aviv city hall, where it lay in state surrounded by a guard of honor. From nine in the morning until late in the afternoon thousands of mourners reverently filed past the bier, which was draped in blue and white, with a black border. Bialik’s house wore crepe.

The death of the poet, who was 61, came as a great shock to the Jewish world. Operated upon twice for an intestinal disorder, physicians had declared that Bialick was on the road to recovery. He died of a heart attack while he was talking with a group of

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