By Yoram Kaniuk, Seymour Simckes

Hailed by means of the hot York instances as "one of the main creative, remarkable novelists within the Western world," the world over popular Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk turns his hand to nonfiction to carry us his most crucial paintings but. Commander of the Exodus animates the tale of Yossi Harel, a modern day Moses who defied the blockade of the British Mandate to convey greater than 24,000 displaced Holocaust survivors to Palestine whereas the remainder of the realm closed its doorways. Of the 4 expeditions commanded through Harel among 1946 and 1948, the voyage of the Exodus left the private impact on public realization, quick turning into a beacon for Zionism and an emblem to all that neither weapons, cannons, nor warships may stand within the manner of the human want for a house. With grace and sensitivity, Kaniuk indicates the human face of background. He can pay homage to the younger Israeli who used to be inspired no longer by way of politics or own glory, yet through the pleading eyes of the orphaned youngsters languishing at the shorelines of Europe. Commander of the Exodus is either an unforgettable tribute to the heroism of the dispossessed and a wealthy evocation of the imaginative and prescient and bold of a guy who took it upon himself to opposite the process heritage. "[Yossi Harel's] outstanding achievements were engraved in background by way of the expertise of Yoram Kaniuk." -- Ehud Barak, best minister of Israel

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First published in the Hebrew language by Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House and Daniela Di-Nur. Published by arrangement with the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature. “A Sermon in Response to an Italian Captain after a Night of Disembarking” by Nathan Alterman. Copyright to the original work is held by the author and ACUM. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Kaniuk, Yoram. [Eksodus. English] Commander of the Exodus/by Yoram Kaniuk; translated by Seymour Simckes.

Chapter Four Wingate had been correct. In 1939 the White Paper was indeed issued—on the anniversary of Kristallnacht and four years after the promulgation of the Nuremberg Laws. The earth burned under the feet of the Jews. The United States piled up more and more obstacles for Jewish refugees streaming to its shores and, like other countries, gave asylum almost exclusively to Jewish scientists. The British insisted on locking the gates of Palestine, so the Arabs got what they wanted and ceased their revolt.

The publication of this book in Israel coincided with Yossi’s eightieth birthday, and his family threw a gala affair in celebration. It was a momentous and moving event, and President Ezer Weizmann came and told wonderful stories about this man of iron and soul, a man impelled by equal measures of toughness and hidden softness. The guests talked, sang, ate, and had their copies of the book signed by the man who changed the course of their nation’s history. He knew he was giving himself away, but he also knew that he was doing it with grace.

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