The Boat Kadima-A Secret History

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The Boat Kadima-A Secret History

If you walk around Pellestrina, near the little church of “Madonna della Carità” and not so far from the shipyard of ACTV, don’t forget to take a look at this commemorative plaque. Rquested in 2017 by the Jewish Community and the municipality of Lido and Pellestrina, this plaque reminds of an event, which was almost forgotten by the islanders.

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From this place, in November 1947, the boat Kadima with 794 people (women, men, illegal immigrants) set sail clandestinely towards the future State of Israel.

Kadima was a cargo ship, then used to bring passengers. Its original name was “Raffaeulluccia”.

Some British airplanes intercepted the ship and a battleship obliged it to go towards Haifa. After being kept in a concentration camp for some days, the passengers were loaded into another ship and brought to the English internment camp in Capri. From this island they could finally/eventually reach their destination.

Between 1945 and 1948, more than 25000 immigrants, who had survived the Shoah, passed through the Italian territory looking for a new life. You can learn more about this and the story above by reading the following article sent by Marco Zanetti.

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