The Israel Film Service Collection

Displaced Persons

78 Minutes, 1979
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Directed by: Igal Bursztyn
Production:Igal Efrati
Production Company:סרטי עידן, Israeli Film Service
Photographer: Zecharia Raz
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

An Israeli Film Service documentary about Aliyah Bet (illegal Jewish immigration to Mandatory Palestine).
More than 800 illegal immigrants from Europe had been aboard the “Lo Tafchidunu” when British Mandate forces had arrested the ship and deported the passengers to Cyprus. Some 30 years later, director Igal Bursztyn interviews those who had taken part in the drama: former British officers and diplomats, an Italian partisan, Haganah and Irgun members, and five passengers. Each had played his own role in the “Lo Tafchidunu” affair, but also in a much greater story: the story of the Jewish displaced persons in Europe after the Second World War and their fight to immigrate to the Land of Israel.
The film includes excerpts from British and Italian newsreels as well as footage from the voyage of the “Lo Tafchidunu”, which had first appeared in Meyer Levin’s “The Illegals”.

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