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VII. Epilogue (cont.)

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The small fishing boat, Pietro 2 on which I sailed along with 171 other illegal immigrants whose backgrounds were similar to mine, left the southern Italian port of Taranto on 17 October 1945. We arrived at the coast of Shefayim, which is in central Eretz Yisrael on the night between the 22nd and 23rd of October 1945, without being caught by the British police that lay in ambush for illegal immigrants without entry papers.

First day in Kibbutz Beit Zera

 

With my friends from Mildos 7 at our first swim in Lake Kinneret

 

Along with a fair number of my friends from Ghetto Kovno, I settled at Kibbutz Beit Zera in the Jordan Valley. The veterans of this Kibbutz settled in Eretz Yisrael before World War II. We were greeting with warmth and love as we symbolized to them their young relatives who had perished during the Holocaust.

My first visit to the first Jewish city,
Tel-Aviv (December 1945)

 

Like the rest of the survivors of Ghetto Kovno who were of draft age in 1947, our group participated in the War of Independence.

The author doing military service during
the War of Independence 1948-1949

 

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