Friday, June 15, 2007

Forgotten Heroes

Forgotten Heroes
By Hilary Leila Kreiger

For nearly three months in 1947, 4,554 desperate Holocaust survivors chose to live in a floating jail rather than return to the European graveyards they had just fled.

They had set out from France that summer on a clandestine steamship named the Exodus 1947, an apt name for a modern incarnation of the ancient passage of Jewish refugees to the Promised Land. But just miles from their destination, the British had captured the ship and barred its passengers from disembarking in Mandatory Palestine.

The refugees said they would rather die than be denied entry to their homeland, and three of them did when the British forced them off the Exodus. The rest were then divided among three British prison ships and sent back to France. When they again refused to get off, they were forcibly removed, this time in Hamburg, Germany.


Anonymous bobcat said...

What brave people; we need to always remember them.

I wonder how many people who've never heard of Exodus 1947?

11:34 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

I have and it was because of Uris's book, he was a favorite author many moons ago. I liked his digging deeply into history to explain the whys. Mila 18 was an absolutely heartwrenching book, it was the story of the Warsaw ghetto and their desperate uprising against the nazis!


4:30 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

TMW--Leave it to you to be our deep reader!

6:38 AM  

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