Aliyah

0 Ada Sereni

The search for her famous husband, Enzio Sereni,  ended when evidence emerged that he been murdered in the Dachau concentration camp in November 1944. In the meantime, Sereni fit in well at the Mossad office in Italy. She spoke the language and was acquainted with the local manners and customs.

0 Breaching the Blockade

The idea of smuggling Jews into Palestine was already around already in the early 1930s, mainly attempts by small groups to cross the northern border from Syria and Lebanon. In July 1934, Haganah tried to smuggle Jews into the land by sea. To do so, they bought an old ship…

0 Fighting Hunger

My grandmother Lotte had an impressive family tree. It was drawn like a real tree, with generations and generations of the offspring of Rabbi Zeligman, who was born in Prague in 1572, hanging as leaves from the branches. It actually was a large oil painting, which used to hang in…

0 Ben Yehuda Strasse

Signs of recovery in the Jewish community combined with internal struggles within the Arab sparked an outbreak of anti-Jewish and anti-British violence in 1929. The riot of 1929 claimed the lives of 133 Jews and left 339 wounded. British efforts to appease the Arab population included a drastic reduction in…

0 Red Vienna to Jerusalem

In 1919, while the dust of war still was settling, the people of Vienna elected the world’s first socialist regime to rule them. Intellectuals and artists filled not only cafes and theaters, but also the corridors of municipal power in a bid to forge a new, utopian world order. More…

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