The Ship to Nowhere

The Ship to Nowhere

On Board the Exodus

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"Rachel Fletcher is eleven years old when she, her mother and sister are crammed on board the Exodus, a dilapidated vessel smuggling 4500 Jewish refugees risking their lives to reach Palestine, their biblical homeland. Despite all they had suffered during the Holocaust, Jewish refugees are still not wanted in many countries. Even a Canadian immigration officer famously said at the time (3z(BNone is too many(3y (Bwhen asked how many refugees Canada would take in. Nonetheless, Rachel and the other refugees refuse to give up hope when war ships surround them. Their fight, and the worldwide attention it brought, influenced the UN to vote for the creation of the state of Israel. Made famous by the Paul Newman film (3z(BExodus(3y(B, this is the first book for young people about the ship that helped make history."--
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. :, Second Story Press,, 2016
ISBN: 9781772600186
Branch Call Number: j ARA NVD
Characteristics: 169 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: On board the Exodus


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Dec 17, 2016

My Library has this slim book (169 pages) filed under the "J" section as Junior collection. But the topic is far from junior.
It is the story of post-WW II refugees from Europe, survivors from the holocaust --- death camp survivors; Warsaw ghetto refugees; nazi fighters who lived in the woods harassing the enemy --- who attempt to find a new home in Palestine. Overcrowded unto a leaky ship they attempt to flee Europe to Palestine only to be thwarted by the British navy. Forced to voyage back to France where they refuse an offer of French citizenship, they are taken back to Hamburg in Germany, the author of all their suffering.
Because the intended reader is a junior one, this book presents few reading difficulties. The book is written in a straight forward narrative style. It is the children of this vessel who care the story line.
There is a resonance in this time of the flight of Syrian refugees to Euroope.

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