Exodus Ship Survivor Making Aliyah at Age 88

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British perfidy and British war crimes, still unpunished to this day. Via INN: Exodus ship survivor France Goldberg, 88, of Pittsburgh, will be one of 210 new immigrants to arrive in Israel on Tuesday. The Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN) flight is scheduled to arrive at approximately 7 a.m., and dignitaries and the press will welcome the olim (new immigrant) at the old Terminal One facility at Ben Gurion International Airport. Mrs. Goldberg tried to come on aliyah in 1947 after having survived the Holocaust by fleeing from Poland to Siberia. She left a displaced persons camp in the middle of the

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Robert Kennedy’s 1948 Reports from Palestine

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From On the 40th Anniversary of His Assassination: Robert Kennedy’s 1948 Reports from Palestine by Lenny Ben-David: In April 1948, one month before Israel declared independence, Robert Kennedy, then 22, traveled to Palestine to report on the conflict for the Boston Post. His four dispatches from the scene were published in June 1948. The newspaper closed in 1956, and for decades the reports were virtually forgotten. “Unfortunately for [the Jews, Jerusalem’s water] reservoir is situated in the mountains and it and the whole pipeline are controlled by the Arabs. The British would not let them cut the water off until

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Today in Jewish History – Kislev 9

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Sponsored by Aish.com: In 1940, a boatload 1,600 Jewish immigrants fleeing Hitler’s ovens was denied entry into the port of Haifa; the British deported them to the island of Mauritius. At the time, the British had acceded to Arab demands and restricted Jewish immigration into Palestine. The urgent plight of European Jewry generated an “illegal” immigration movement, but the British were vigilant in denying entry. Some ships, such as the Struma, sunk and their hundreds of passengers killed.

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Books: Zionist official was first to hear of Final Solution

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Via JPost: A senior Zionist official stationed in Switzerland during World War II was likely the first person to receive information from a German source regarding the plan for the systematic extermination of Europe’s Jews, according to a new book published by Yad Vashem. Chaim Pazner, head of the Jewish Agency’s Palestine Office in Geneva, immediately forwarded the information to senior British officials and to Jewish officials in British-ruled Palestine, and the report reached the top echelons of the British government, according to the book, Chaim Pazner – The Man Who Knew. The book – written in Hebrew by Menahem

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The Battle of the “Exodus” Against the British Army

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From OU: Sixty years ago, on the eve of Rosh Chodesh Av 5707 (1947), an immigration ship by the name of “Leaving Europe 5707” (also known as “Exodus 1947”) arrived in Eretz Yisrael. This was a fairly small ship that the Hagannah had bought from US Navy surplus, and 4,500 refugees from Europe had been packed into it. As soon as the ship left France, British warships began to follow it, with a fighter plane flying overhead at all times. Any reasonable person could see that this was not going to be a fair fight. It was clear that the

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They Went to the Gallows Singing “Hatikva”

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From They Went to the Gallows Singing “Hatikva”: The 12th day of the Hebrew month of Av, which falls this year on Friday July 27, marks the 60th anniversary of the execution by the British authorities in Palestine of three members of the Irgun underground – Avshalom Haviv, Yaakov Weiss, and Meir Nakar. This column is dedicated to their everlasting memory. As 1947 dawned, the British governing authorities, driven by an irresistible hubris of self-interest and colonial blindness, and embracing the delusion of decaying imperialists in every age that punitive brutality will cow the rebels into giving up their resistance,

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The Real Exodus

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From The Real Exodus: Ike Aronowitz, 83, is former captain of the illegal immigrant ship Exodus. He is known to the world as the blond, blue-eyed Paul Newman, who played Aronowitz in Otto Preminger’s 1960 film Exodus, based on Leon Uris’ blockbuster novel. Both film and book tell the story of the postwar illegal immigration ships bearing a human cargo of Holocaust survivors who tried to break the British blockade of Palestine in the last days of the Mandate. But it was a fairy tale. In Uris’ version, the Jewish refugees, stranded on Cyprus, are saved by a sympathetic British

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The Friendly Fires of Hell

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From The Friendly Fires of Hell: On May 3, 1945 – in the worst friendly-fire incident in history – Britain’s Royal Air Force killed more than 7,000 survivors of Nazi concentration camps who were crowded onto ships in Lubeck harbor, Germany – one day before the British accepted the surrender of all German forces in the region. In the closing weeks of World War II, thousands of prisoners from the Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg, the Mittelbau-Dora camp at Nordhausen, and the Stutthof camp near Danzig were marched to the German Baltic coast. Almost 10,000 camp survivors were crowded onto

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