The Resource Running the Palestine blockade : the last voyage of the Paducah, Rudolph W. Patzert

Running the Palestine blockade : the last voyage of the Paducah, Rudolph W. Patzert

Label
Running the Palestine blockade : the last voyage of the Paducah
Title
Running the Palestine blockade
Title remainder
the last voyage of the Paducah
Statement of responsibility
Rudolph W. Patzert
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This haunting narrative recounts the clandestine transport of Holocaust survivors to Palestine by the Jewish underground and volunteer American seamen. The story is told by the American captain of one of the rescue ships, the Paducah, an aging U.S. gunship sold as surplus after World War II. He begins in May 1947, at the start of the Paducah's six-month voyage, as he and his largely inexperienced crew make their way from New York to Bulgaria, where they retrieve 1,388 refugees. Captain Patzert's poignant memoir of this epochal migration in the face of strong British opposition reads like a novel, but with the uncompromising reality of history in the making. A dramatic true story of political intrigue and sea adventure, Running the Palestine Blockade tells of constant surveillance by the Royal Navy and Air Force, uncharted mines in the Black Sea, and informants bent on sabotaging the mission. Surrounded by British ships for its final run into Palestine, the Paducah didn't have a chance, and everyone aboard was captured and taken to internment camps on Cyprus. There, the brutal conditions Patzert and his men share with the already weakened exiles forge an enduring bond between passengers and crew. The author's transformation from impartial protector of a cast-off population to active supporter of their cause provides an uncommon viewpoint of a momentous journey. In an ironic twist at the end of his tale, Patzert gets to see the Promised Land when he and some of his men are transferred to Palestine, where they then escape to America. Reminiscent of the classic story Exodus, Running the Palestine Blockade captures the bravery, compassion, and indomitable spirit of Europe's war-wracked refugees as they navigate the turbulent postwar waters. Captain Patzert's vivid depictions of the unforgettable individuals who embark with him on the Paducah's final voyage complement a moving account that will appeal to a wide range of readers
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
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1911-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Patzert, Rudolph W.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DS126.4
LC item number
.P355 1994
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Haganah (Organization)
  • Patzert, Rudolph W
  • Patzert, Rudolph W
  • Haganah (Organization)
  • Palestine
  • Palestine
  • Cyprus
  • Middle East
  • Juden
  • Israel
  • Zypern
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Politics and government
  • Einwanderung
  • Überlebender
  • Judenvernichtung
  • Geschichte 1947
  • Paducah (Schiff)
Label
Running the Palestine blockade : the last voyage of the Paducah, Rudolph W. Patzert
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Publication
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Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 223 pages
Isbn
9781557506795
Lccn
93028122
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28424236
  • (OCoLC)ocm28424236
Label
Running the Palestine blockade : the last voyage of the Paducah, Rudolph W. Patzert
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 223 pages
Isbn
9781557506795
Lccn
93028122
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28424236
  • (OCoLC)ocm28424236

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