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[Jewish refugees from Germany leaving France for Palestine on board the S.S. Providence, Marseille Harbor]

Object Name
DateApril 1947 (printed 2012)
Label Text

The passenger ship S.S. Providence brought Holocaust survivors from various ports in Europe to Haifa, Palestine, in 1947–48. Although the majority of ships attempting to bring Jewish refugees to Palestine were technically illegal and in defiance of strict British immigration quotas (the ship, Exodus, 1947, is the most famous example), the British did allow a very limited number of people to legally immigrate, including the passengers of the Providence. Having arrived at Marseille Harbor from the British sector of occupied Germany, many of the passengers were survivors from the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons camp and the nearby Blankenese children’s home.

Inkjet print
Image: 12 x 11 in. (30.5 x 27.9 cm)
place taken Marseille, France
Credit Line
Roman Vishniac Archive
Accession Number2012.80.5
© Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography

For all uses of photographs by Roman Vishniac contact ICP at: vishniac_archive@icp.org.