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By Air, Land, and Sea: Aliyah under the British Mandate

Dramatic stories of Jews from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Iraq who overcame great obstacles to reach the Land of Israel.

Toldot Yisarel presents the dramatic stories of Jews from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Iraq who overcame great obstacles in their efforts to reach the Land of Israel. For 2,000 years, Jews around the world dreamed about returning to the Land of Israel. But the rise of anti-Semitism in the 1930s and 40s made the need to return to Israel far more urgent. Jews fled their homes in Europe and Arab Lands seeking refuge in Palestine but found the British Mandate had all but closed the doors to aliyah, forcing them to find dangerous and illegal methods to immigrate - by air, land, and sea.

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Visitor Comments: 4

(2) Iris Graf, May 7, 2015 3:35 AM

Fascinating video

It was so interesting and moving to see how these people struggled to get to the land of Israel, how many hardships they had to face and how grateful they were to finally arrive in a place where they could live as proud, free Jews. Today many American Jews never even bother to visit unfortunately.

(1) Sue Boehm, April 23, 2015 3:35 PM

is there any history of the refugees who ended up in Cyprus?My mother was a survivor of Auschwitz and my father survived labor camp, only to end up in Cyprus on the way to Israel.

hanoch bernath, July 14, 2015 7:26 PM

my mother was also interned

my mother;s ship was also intercepted by the British and she was interned on Cyprus. she was D'vora Eva (Waller)

Anonymous, February 15, 2017 2:16 AM

My mother's cousin, Tova Rudik, with her infant son, also ended up in Cyprus. She eventually made it to Israel where she was reunited with her husband, Abba Rudik, after several years. (He was a member of the "Aushwitz Orchestra."

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