Tens of thousands of European Jews fled to Palestine

Holocaust survivors’ celebration honors family, helpful friends


The couple eloped to France in February 1947, when Selien was 19. They were married in a villa in Marseille, with several younger war orphans presiding over the ceremony. They stayed for two months, taking care of the children, before boarding a ship to the Palestinian territory. The vessel, the Hagana Ship Theodor Herzl, with room enough for 700, carried 2,700 passengers to the harbor of Haifa. It preceded the well-known Exodus, a ship turned away by the British, who then administered the Palestinian territory.

The Noachs were among the tens of thousands of European Jews who fled to the Palestinian territory. Once there, they stayed in a barbed-wire enclosed camp in Atlit for six months.


When they were freed on Nov. 15, 1947, the Noachs headed to Jerusalem, where Max worked as a land surveyor. Six months later, the state of Israel was formed, and a war between the Arabs and the Jews broke out immediately.



(Original Publication: July 20, 2007)

Webmaster note: The traditional Holocaust extermination myth is that European Jews were virtually wiped out. Yet time and again, we find that many of these supposedly murdered Jews made their way to the USSR, Israel, or elsewhere.