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The capture of the Northland and Paducah...

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October 3, 1947

THE SPRINGFIELD UNION, Massachusetts, October 3, 1947

* The smuggling of Jewish refugees to Palestine
* Helped set the stage for Jewish Statehood

The front page of this issue speaks of the 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." The one column heading reads: "REFUGEE SHIPS CARRYING 3500 JEWS SEIZED" with subhead. (see)
Complete issue with all 40 pages, light toning and minor wear at the margins, good condition.

Category: The 20th Century

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