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Refugee Jews wait aboard the Josiah Wedgewood after the British navy fired at ship

Photograph | Photograph Number: 37543

Refugee Jews wait aboard the Josiah Wedgewood after the British navy fired at ship

The original caption reads: "The former Canadian corvette Josiah Wedgewood, with 1,300 European Jewish refugees aboard, was captured near here June 27th by British warships after a dramatic attempt to escape authorities and land illegally in Palestine. The refugees, many of whom has spent years in German concentration camps, did not halt their ship until three warning shots were fired from the HMS Haydon, a Bristish Destroyer. Sailing under Panamanian registry, the corvette was spotted seventy-three miles out at sea by aircraft, but the British could not act until attempt was made to enter territorial waters. The Jews were detained at Athlit Clearance camp on the official charge of being a "menace to navigation.""

Photographer
Emil Reynolds
Date
June 1946
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Murray Greenfield
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Record last modified: 2016-11-09 00:00:00
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