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Jewish Brigade soldiers in Kenya line up for a roll call.

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    Jewish Brigade soldiers in Kenya line up for a roll call.
    Jewish Brigade soldiers in Kenya line up for a roll call.

Among those pictured are Hersh and Israel Makowski, Werner Szerevski and Eric Gross.

    Overview

    Caption
    Jewish Brigade soldiers in Kenya line up for a roll call.

    Among those pictured are Hersh and Israel Makowski, Werner Szerevski and Eric Gross.
    Date
    1945
    Locale
    Mombasa, Kenya
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Hersh Makowski

    Rights & Restrictions

    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Hersh Makowski

    Keywords & Subjects

    Photo Designation
    JEWISH BRIGADE -- Kenya

    Administrative Notes

    Biography
    Hersh (Harry) Makowski is the son of Eliezer (Lejser) Makowski (b. Czechanow, 1878) and Frejda nee Rozensztejn Makowski (b. Zuromin, 1887). Hersh was born on February 23, 1922. He had eight older siblings: Molly, Fela, Abraham, Cheil (b. 1907), Rose, Israel, Genia (Golda) and Oved (Albert, b. 1917). Eliezer first worked as a businessman delivering goods to other stores in Zielun, and then moved to Danzig where he became a religious teacher. Rose moved to Great Britain before the war. She married a U.S. army serviceman in 1946 and emigrated to the U.S. with their daughter in 1947. In 1939 Cheil escaped Poland soon after the start of the war and attempted to immigrate to Palestine and joined a group of young Zionists that had gathered in Bratislava. They got to Kladovo, Yugoslavia but couldn't go further. Cheil was imprisoned and murdered by the Nazis in October 1941. Israel, Fela, Genia and Hersh left Danzig for Palestine in August 1940. They traveled via Bratislava, Slovakia to Romania, where they boarded an illegal immigrant ship, the Atlantic. Upon their arrival in Palestine the British detained all of the passengers of the ship for a few weeks in Athlit, and in December, they deported the refugees to Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean and kept them there for the duration of the war. In 1945 Hersh and Israel Makowski enlisted in the British Army and later joined the Jewish Brigade. After undergoing training in Egypt, they were sent to Western Europe. Their sisters were released from Mauritius and returned to Palestine in 1945. After the British disbanded the Jewish Brigade, Hersh was allowed to immigrate to Palestine, where he joined the Haganah and worked in ceramic tiling. In 1948 he participated in the War of Independence, under the Alexandroni Brigade and later the Golani Brigade. He moved to the United Stated in 1956 after a lingering amoebic disease he picked up in Mauritius which forced him to move to a cooler climate.
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