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The capture of the Northland and Paducah...



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October 1, 1947

THE MORNING CALL, Allentown, Pennsylvania, October 2 & 3, 1947

* The smuggling of Jewish refugees to Palestine
* Ships pursued and captured
* Helped set the stage for Jewish Statehood


The front page of this set of issues speaks of the pursuit and capture of the Northland and the Paducah - two ships attempting to smuggle Jewish refugees into Palestine. The international attention these events generated, along with the accounts of similar ships of refugees, are believed by many to have brought overwhelming pressure upon the United Nations to declare Statehood for Israel in 1948. Morry Lewis, the helmsman for the Northland, later stated: "The United Nations voted for a Jewish state because of the pressure we brought to bear - all of those ships crammed with people trying to get to Palestine... These ships played a big role in the vote for getting a Jewish state." Nice to have both reports: "British Destroyers Seeking Two Jewish Refugee Ships" (detailing the pursuit), and "British Seize Two Refugee Ships Carrying 3500 Jews" (describing the capture). To add to the historical appeal of the reporting is the additional article printed on the October 3rd issue which is headed: "Jewish Agency Ready To Accept Partition Plan for Hold Land."
Front leaves for each date only (pages 1 & 2), but nice for display as such.
Note: A tribute to this event was held at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in late 2010/early 2011.

Category: The 20th Century

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