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Exodus passengers at Port-de-Bouc in southern France

Film | Accession Number: 2014.525 | RG Number: RG-60.1511 | Film ID: 4100

Newsreel film of Exodus passengers at Port-de-Bouc near Marseilles. After Exodus passengers were forcibly disembarked at Haifa, they were loaded onto three British ships and returned to Europe. On arrival in France, they refused to disembark and spent three weeks during a heat wave at Port-de-Bouc in August 1947. Amid worldwide publicity, British foreign secretary Ernest Bevin then decided to return the passengers to Hamburg, where they were re-incarcerated in refugee camps.

The three British ships outside harbor entrance at Port-de-Bouc. Runnymede Park ship and probably Ocean Vigour and Empire Rival ships. Back on shore, an Army truck and crowd. Stacks of boxes and supplies with men loading them into landing craft. Police oversee the activity. CUs of a man inspecting handwritten notes in small container of cheese. French soldiers or police on dock. Small boat with flag with important men in suits, departs dock.

01:09 Motorboat leaves dock for Runnymede Park. CU of man in pith helmet. EXT of Runnymede Park and landing craft with supplies approaching it. Small boats circling. Refugee women on ship's deck by rail. Men in pith helmets boarding from gangway. INTs of ship. Men with packs crowd into ship. Emaciated, ill man carried on stretcher, followed by other sick passengers.

CU bow of ship with name "Runnymede Park." CU several people waving, man in pith helmet, woman shielding eyes. CUs, people on small boat. Man takes photographs. Sick man lying on boat floor. Crowds on shore watching. Group of men and women walk ashore with possesions; CUs of others watching. Woman helped. Young man has papers checked by soldier and is turned away (staged sequence?).

At night, people board ambulance. Hull of Runnymede Park. Loading a side of beef onto the small boat.

Event:  August-September 1947
Port-de-Bouc, France
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2020-08-04 09:20:10
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