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Exclusive: Holocaust Survivor Suffers Brazen Attack In Montgomery County

ABINGTON, Pa. (CBS) — Authorities are searching for two teenagers in a brazen attack on a woman in Abington.

Seventy-seven-year-old Ruth Salzman told Eyewitness News, she believes she was targeted possibly because of her age and may have been perceived to be frail but she was never frightened.

“How dare they do this? I’m a survivor of Holocaust. They can’t do this,” Salzman said.

Salzman was born in 1934 in Czechoslovakia to army parents. They survived the Holocaust and immigrated to the United States when she was 12.

Salzman added, “I wasn’t scared. I was just mad. How dare they come into my house?”

It’s a first, she says, while resting at home coming face to face with two intruders in her bedroom.

“Two young men with bandanas over their faces and a hatchet in one hand, ‘We came to get your money!’ I thought it was a joke, it was surreal. Every time I said something, they maced me some more, about four times,” Salzman explained.

She was then ordered to lay face down on her bed.

According to police, the suspects ransacked several bedrooms. They eventually got away with 3 handguns, some jewelry and $100 in cash. It happened last week during dinner time. Police say they got into the house by cutting and removing a screen from a kitchen window left open for air. Salzman says, lesson learned but again she refuses to live in fear.

“Next time, they come in, I’ll kill them. I’m not opposed to shooting them. They come back, I’ll kill them,” Salzman said.

The victim is also planning on investing in a guard dog.

The suspects are described as white teenaged males, slender in build, average height with blond hair. The description is vague, so police are asking anyone with information to call Abington Police Detective Division at 267-536-1100.

Reported by Elizabeth Hur, CBS 3

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    Was she treated at the hospital for being maced? how terrible what a bunch of cowards. Ruth, you shoot them if they come back you’ve taken enough in this life time dealing with criminals. ps. a dog and a good alarm system that notifies police on would be wise.

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