The Mauritian Shekel

R 180.00  

Subtitle: The Story of the Jewish Detainees in Mauritius, 1940-1945
Author: Genevieve Pitot
Publisher: Vizavi Editions (1998)
ISBN-10: 9990337128
ISBN-13: 9789990337129
Condition: Very Good. Former owner's name and address written on the ffep. Cover corners slightly bumped, with light scruffing to cover edges. Small closed tear to the top of the spine. A small area of print has been removed with a price sticker on the rear cover. Internally clean and well bound.
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 259
Dimensions: 21.5 x 15 x 1.3 cm

Weight: 0.5 kg

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In 1940 thousands of Jews were trying to flee Nazi persecution in Europe. This is the little-known story of a group of 1,600 Jewish refugees who, having escaped from Nazi-occupied Europe, were refused entry into Palestine by the British in 1940 because they were considered illegal immigrants.
Their deportation after landing in the Promised Land, Eretz Israel, was unique. As a deterrent to others, they were deported to Mauritius, a remote island in the Indian Ocean. They were detained in a Mauritian prison until the end of the war and were deprived of all basic human rights. This story sheds light on the British government's lack of understanding of the critical problem of Jewish refugees at that time.

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