It appears you are accessing our website from a prohibited location. Local regulations prohibit us from allowing you to log in or place bets on our website. We cannot accept any transactions from this Jurisdiction. Jewish immigration permitted by British authorities during the same period. During Ha’pala, several Jewish organizations worked together to facilitate immigration beyond the established quotas. As persecution of Jews intensified in Europe during the Nazi era, the urgency driving the immigration also became more acute. Those who participated in the immigration efforts consistently refused to term it “illegal”, instead calling it “clandestine.
42, was an effort to enable European Jews to escape Nazi persecution and genocide. Post-World War II, Ha’pala journeys typically started in the DP camps and moved through one of two collection points in the American occupation sector, Bad Reichenhall and Leipheim. American sector camps imposed no restrictions on the movements out of the camps, and American, French, and Italian officials often turned a blind eye to the movements. The British government vehemently opposed the movement, and restricted movement in and out of their camps. Over 100,000 people attempted to illegally enter Mandatory Palestine. There were 142 voyages by 120 ships. Over half were stopped by the British patrols. The Royal Navy had eight ships on station in Palestine, and additional ships were tasked with tracking suspicious vessels heading for Palestine.
The pivotal event in the Ha’apala program was the incident of the SS Exodus in 1947. The Exodus was intercepted and boarded by a British patrol. Despite significant resistance from its passengers, Exodus was forcibly returned to Europe. Its passengers were eventually sent back to Germany. This was publicized, to the great embarrassment of the British government. One account of Aliyah Bet is given by journalist I. Stone in his 1946 book Underground to Palestine, a first-person account of traveling with European displaced persons attempting to reach the Jewish homeland. In 1934, the first attempt to bring in a large number of illegal immigrants by sea happened when some 350 Jews sailed on the Vallos, a chartered ship, without the permission of Jewish Agency, who feared illegal immigration would cause the British to restrict legal immigration.
On 19 August, the Aghios Nicolaus, a Greek owned ship, transfers 840 immigrants to smaller vessels off the coast and sends them to shore. On 23 August, the Parita, carrying some 700 refugees on board, is deliberately beached at Tel-Aviv by the passengers, the captain and crew having fled in a small boat. On 16 September, the Rudnitchan transfers 364 Jewish refugees into five lifeboats outside the territorial waters of the Mandate and sends them ashore as illegal immigrants. On 24-25 November 1939, a large group of immigrants traveled by train from Vienna to Bratislava and about 10 days later sailed from there on the riverboat Uranus down the Danube. On 18 May 1940 the old Italian paddle steamer Pencho sailed from Bratislava, with 514 passengers, mostly Betar members. The Pencho sailed down the Danube to the Black Sea and into the Aegean Sea. In October 1940, 1,770 Jewish refugees sailed from Tulcea to Haifa in two ships. The Pacific arrived off Haifa on 1 November, followed a few days later by the Milos. Patria when Haganah agents planted a bomb aboard the French liner with the intention of disabling her to prevent her from sailing. However, the bomb quickly sank Patria, killing 260 people and wounding 172.
The survivors were allowed to stay in Palestine on humanitarian grounds. In October 1940, a large group of refugees were allowed to leave Vienna. The exodus was organized by Berthold Storfer, a Jewish businessman who worked under Adolf Eichmann. They took four river boats, Uranus, Schönbrunn, Helios, and Melk, down the Danube to Romania, where the Uranus passengers, about 1,000, boarded the Pacific, and sailed on 11 October 1940. In December 1940 the Salvador, a small Bulgarian schooner formerly named Tsar Krum, left Burgas with 327 refugees. On December 12 the Salvador was wrecked in a violent storm in the Sea of Marmara, near Istanbul. 223 persons, including 66 children, lost their lives. On 11 December 1941, the Struma sailed from Constanţa carrying between 760 and 790 refugees.