(reply to a journalist’s comment, that the refugees arriving looked scruffy) “Ah, yes, but they will make fine ancestors.” Francis Forro


Operation Exodus : from the Nazi death camps to the promised land : a perilous journey that shaped Israel’s fate  Gordon Thomas  New York : Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Press, 2010  Hardcover. 1st published in Great Britain by JR Books. 1st US ed. and printing. xviii, 382 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 366-375) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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In 1947, 4515 Jewish refugees, including 655 children, from post-holocaust Europe, boarded a ship in Marseilles bound for a new life in Palestine. As it left French waters, British warships followed the ship, finally ramming it near the coast of Palestine. Two were killed and 30 were wounded and this became the start of a long journey that would include internment, a return to France, captivity back in Germany where they’d just escaped from, a hunger strike, death for some of the refugees, and injury for others.

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This is the story of the defiance and remarkable will of a group of people who had seen survived the Holocaust. Every living survivor has been interviewed for this book, and extensive research on survivor stories and official documentation of the time has been carried out by the author, in association with film producer Jill Samuels who provided the author with many first hand testimonies from a film in the making.

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