Escaping the Holocaust: Illegal Immigration to the Land of Israel, 1939-1944

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byDalia Ofer

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Illegal Jewish immigration to Palestine prior to the founding of the State of Israel forms one of the most fascinating chapters in the history of Zionism and modern Jewish history. Bringing Jews from Europe to Palestine by land and by sea in defiance of restrictive British immigrationpolicies was partly an undertaking of national rescue and partly a calculated strategy of political brinksmanship. In this compelling analysis, Ofer examines various illegal immigration and rescue efforts organized by the Palestinian Jewish community in both the beginning and latter phases of thewar. Making exhaustive use of archival sources, Ofer provides invaluable insight into the struggles of the immigrants, the activists and supporters of the movement, the logistical obstacles, and the political forces working to halt or exploit the flow of refugees.

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Illegal Jewish immigration to Palestine prior to the founding of the State of Israel forms one of the most fascinating chapters in the history of Zionism and modern Jewish history. Bringing Jews from Europe to Palestine by land and by sea in defiance of restrictive British immigrationpolicies was partly an undertaking of national resc...

Dalia Ofer is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.57 × 6.46 × 1.26 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195063406

ISBN - 13:9780195063400

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"An extensive bibliography, photographs, notes, and index add to this work's merit, which is an important topic not very well known to most students of the Holocaust."--History: Reviews of New Books