Re: Palestine arrival lists (Re Returning to Homeland)
- From: nfatouros@xxxxxxxxxxxxx (NAOMI A FATOUROS)
- Date: 10 Sep 2008 14:50:55 -0700
In response to Jan Groshan's recent question,Peter Zavon wrote in part on
<<Before 1948, the place you call Israel was a British Protectorate (or League
of Nations Mandate, if you prefer) called Palestine. I've not heard that the
authorities kept arrival lists, but if they did they would be in English.>>
Some inquiries and answers sent to Jewishgen a few years ago about Palestine's
immigration records, prompted me to send away to the Central Zionist Archives in
Jerusalem to obtain the 1924 arrival record of my grandfather's first cousin, the
Zionist Zvi Hirsh Belkowsky (aka Gregor Alexander Belkowsky). From the memoir Zvi
had written, I had learned that he had managed to get himself deported to
Palestine instead of being exiled to Siberia.
In response to my inquiry the Central Zionist Archives sent me a list in Hebrew
and an English translation of that list of all the passengers who had arrived in
Palestine on the "Milano" on September 7,1924. It had sailed from "Gustah," a
place which I still have not located.
Of course, when the list arrived, I tried to find out about the ship on the
internet, finding only references to the "Citta di Milano" which, according to
that ship's history and description could not, I thought,have been Zvi's "Milano."
Only recently did I think of searching for the "Milano" through the archives
of the New York Times" from which I learned from a November 18,1918 article that
the "Milano" was a steamer which was spared from sinking by German submarines
because among its passengers it had been carrying seventy Germans who had been
expelled from Egypt. I have not since found any other information about this
steamer, but I suspect this, um, "tub (?)" might have been the one upon which in
1924 had ferrried Zvi, his wife and daughter, and other passengers to Palestine.
As I wrote in private recently to Ruth Hyman, whose 2001 Jewishgen message I had
kept because it concerned a Bundist relative of hers who had gone to Palestine
in 1926 instead of enduring a Siberian exile, I have learned of a book published
a couple of year ago, entitled 'Exiled to Palestine: The Emigration of Soviet
Zionist convicts" by Zvi Galili and Boris Morisov. From what I have been able
read in this enormously expensive book, it answers several questions I had about
Zvi's accomplishment of his and his family's aliyah. It may answer some of the
questions others may still have about British government certificates and other
I have no financial interest in this book.
Naomi Fatouros (nee FELDMAN)
BELKOWSKY,BIELKOWSKY, BILKOWSKI, Odessa,St. Petersburg,Berdichev,
Kiev;ROTHSTEIN, Kremenchug;FRASCH,Kiev;LIBERMAN,Moscow;FELDMAN, Pinsk;
SCHUTZ, RETTIG, WAHL, Shcherets;LEVY, WEIL, Mulhouse; SAS/
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