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Auction archive: Lot number 108

A Flag Removed from the Mast of the “Exodus” Illegal Immigration Ship Prior to its Deportation to Europe

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Auction archive: Lot number 108

A Flag Removed from the Mast of the “Exodus” Illegal Immigration Ship Prior to its Deportation to Europe

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US$100,000 - US$120,000
Price realised:
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Beschreibung:

A flag of Israel, which was removed from the mast of the illegal immigration ship “Yetziat Europa 1947” (“Exodus”). The flag offered here was removed from the mast of “Exodus” which anchored in Haifa on July 18, 1947, by Mike (Michael) Weiss, an American “Machal” volunteer who served as a boatswain-carpenter on the ship. Weiss was a member of a volunteers’ group enlisted to serve as the ship’s crew immediately after it was purchased in the United States, when it was still “SS President Warfield”. The crew, drafted in the United States, consisted mainly of Jewish-American volunteers. After disembarking the ship in Haifa, Weiss was deported, with some other crew members, to Atlit Detention Camp; when he was released from the camp he returned to the United States (Weiss’s name appears on the lists of “Exodus” crew members as well as in the lists of prisoners in Atlit Detention Camp). Weiss lived in Philadelphia and having no children, he gave the flag in 1977 to his friend in Jerusalem, Rabbi Hillel Kolidetsky. Weiss added some inscriptions on the margins of the flag, indicating its history: “C/B. Mike Weiss”, “S.S. Exodus 4-10-46” [it seems that this date marks the date of Weiss’s enlistment to Mahal], “Form[er]ly S.S. Pres- Warfield”, and “13 Camp Atlit”. In a “British Pathé” newsreel documenting the “Exodus” in the port of Haifa, Weiss is seen climbing the ship’s mast and removing the flag ( see link , min. 02:30). 150X85 cm. Overall good condition. Stains, folding marks and creases. Enclosed is a certificate from Rabbi Hillel Kolidetsky. The illegal immigration ship “Exodus” sailed to Eretz Israel from the port of Sète, near Marseille, on July 11, 1947 at 05:00 am, with some 4500 holocaust survivors and 70 crew members on board. On July 18, 1947, at dawn, just 24 hours before the scheduled arrival at the coastline of Eretz Israel, a British destroyers rammed the “Exodus”. At the time, the ship was some 20 miles from the Gaza Shore. Fifty British soldiers boarded the ship firing smoke bombs and tear-gas grenades. The soldiers were attacked with “ammunition” prepared ahead of time which led the British soldiers to respond with live fire. After a struggle, which caused the death of three passengers and the first officer Bill Bernstein, and tens of casualties, Yossi Harel, the ship’s commander, surrendered. The ship sailed to Haifa where the passengers were forced to disembark. Chairman of the UNSCOP committee and a committee member from Yugoslavia, who were at the time in the country, responded to Moshe Sharett’s call (Sharett was head of the Jewish Agency Political Department) to witness the event. This left a strong impression on both. The immigrants were transferred to three deportation ships which sailed to their port of departure. On July 29 the ships anchored in Port-de-Bouc in the south of France. The British tried to force the passengers to disembark but they refused. When the French Government refused to force the immigrants to disembark, the three deportation ships remained in port for three weeks. During this period, cultural and social activities were held on the ships (including printing a newspaper), assisted by “Haganah” representatives in France and emissaries from Eretz Israel who infiltrated the ships. The events in France received extensive media coverage, and led to protests in the Jewish world. The immigrants organized protests including a one day hunger strike. On August 22nd the deportation ships sailed to Hamburg. When they reached the port, the immigrants were forced to disembark, with some 200 journalists from all over the world witnessing the events. The illegal immigrants were then sent to two camps in the north of Germany, in the British zone. In two of the deportation ships, “Ocean Vigor” and “Runnymede Park”, the immigrants resisted disembarkation, but “Empire Rival” passengers disembarked quickly with no resistance. This aroused suspicions on the part of the British who then discovered a charge o

Auction archive: Lot number 108
Auction:
Datum:
2 Dec 2015
Auction house:
Kedem Auction House Ltd.
King George st. 58
9242209 Jerusalem
Israel
[email protected]
+972 (0)77 5140223
+972 (0)2 9932048
Beschreibung:

A flag of Israel, which was removed from the mast of the illegal immigration ship “Yetziat Europa 1947” (“Exodus”). The flag offered here was removed from the mast of “Exodus” which anchored in Haifa on July 18, 1947, by Mike (Michael) Weiss, an American “Machal” volunteer who served as a boatswain-carpenter on the ship. Weiss was a member of a volunteers’ group enlisted to serve as the ship’s crew immediately after it was purchased in the United States, when it was still “SS President Warfield”. The crew, drafted in the United States, consisted mainly of Jewish-American volunteers. After disembarking the ship in Haifa, Weiss was deported, with some other crew members, to Atlit Detention Camp; when he was released from the camp he returned to the United States (Weiss’s name appears on the lists of “Exodus” crew members as well as in the lists of prisoners in Atlit Detention Camp). Weiss lived in Philadelphia and having no children, he gave the flag in 1977 to his friend in Jerusalem, Rabbi Hillel Kolidetsky. Weiss added some inscriptions on the margins of the flag, indicating its history: “C/B. Mike Weiss”, “S.S. Exodus 4-10-46” [it seems that this date marks the date of Weiss’s enlistment to Mahal], “Form[er]ly S.S. Pres- Warfield”, and “13 Camp Atlit”. In a “British Pathé” newsreel documenting the “Exodus” in the port of Haifa, Weiss is seen climbing the ship’s mast and removing the flag ( see link , min. 02:30). 150X85 cm. Overall good condition. Stains, folding marks and creases. Enclosed is a certificate from Rabbi Hillel Kolidetsky. The illegal immigration ship “Exodus” sailed to Eretz Israel from the port of Sète, near Marseille, on July 11, 1947 at 05:00 am, with some 4500 holocaust survivors and 70 crew members on board. On July 18, 1947, at dawn, just 24 hours before the scheduled arrival at the coastline of Eretz Israel, a British destroyers rammed the “Exodus”. At the time, the ship was some 20 miles from the Gaza Shore. Fifty British soldiers boarded the ship firing smoke bombs and tear-gas grenades. The soldiers were attacked with “ammunition” prepared ahead of time which led the British soldiers to respond with live fire. After a struggle, which caused the death of three passengers and the first officer Bill Bernstein, and tens of casualties, Yossi Harel, the ship’s commander, surrendered. The ship sailed to Haifa where the passengers were forced to disembark. Chairman of the UNSCOP committee and a committee member from Yugoslavia, who were at the time in the country, responded to Moshe Sharett’s call (Sharett was head of the Jewish Agency Political Department) to witness the event. This left a strong impression on both. The immigrants were transferred to three deportation ships which sailed to their port of departure. On July 29 the ships anchored in Port-de-Bouc in the south of France. The British tried to force the passengers to disembark but they refused. When the French Government refused to force the immigrants to disembark, the three deportation ships remained in port for three weeks. During this period, cultural and social activities were held on the ships (including printing a newspaper), assisted by “Haganah” representatives in France and emissaries from Eretz Israel who infiltrated the ships. The events in France received extensive media coverage, and led to protests in the Jewish world. The immigrants organized protests including a one day hunger strike. On August 22nd the deportation ships sailed to Hamburg. When they reached the port, the immigrants were forced to disembark, with some 200 journalists from all over the world witnessing the events. The illegal immigrants were then sent to two camps in the north of Germany, in the British zone. In two of the deportation ships, “Ocean Vigor” and “Runnymede Park”, the immigrants resisted disembarkation, but “Empire Rival” passengers disembarked quickly with no resistance. This aroused suspicions on the part of the British who then discovered a charge o

Auction archive: Lot number 108
Auction:
Datum:
2 Dec 2015
Auction house:
Kedem Auction House Ltd.
King George st. 58
9242209 Jerusalem
Israel
[email protected]
+972 (0)77 5140223
+972 (0)2 9932048
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