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Patricia Sullivan

I temporarily suspended The Daily Goodbye this week due to a shortage of time but if I was doing it, I would certainly include this obit on Yitzhak Aharonovitch, who was captain of the Holocaust survivors' ship, the Exodus.

In 1947 the Exodus left France for Palestine with 4,515 survivors of the Holocaust on board, but as it neared the port of Haifa, British naval forces surrounded it and opened fire, killing three people. Despite Capt. Aharonvitch's opposition, the ship surrendered and the passengers were relocated, interned first in Cyprus and then a former Nazi camp. A year later, the state of Israel was established.

The ship was later immortalised in Leon Uris's book Exodus and Otto Preminger's film of the same name.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 29, 2009; 4:11 PM ET
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