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Exodus: A Ship That Launched a Nation

The story of how an overcrowded passenger ship harassed by the British Navy became a beacon of Israel’s restoration

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It was 72 years ago that the illegal immigrant ship “Exodus” was apprehended by a British destroyer along the coast of Israel. This is the story of how a group of American Jews save a ship that helped birth a nation. After World War II, 250,000 Jews remained in Europe, housed in Displaced Persons camps in Germany and Austria, mostly under strict containment. As a result, Jewish organizations in Europe and the United States decided to establish an underground movement called “Escape” by which thousands of Jews were transferred from refugee camps to Mediterranean ports where they were boarded onto…

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