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From the Mainland to the Promised Land: Aliya Bet from Italy to Israel, 1945-1948

Arriving in Lecce from the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv, where it opened in 2016, the exhibition "Dalla Terraferma alla Terra Promessa: Aliya Bet dall’Italia a Israele, 1945-1948" tells through images an important piece of Jewish history.

After the Shoa, survivors of the concentration camps spent time in transit camps set up in Italy, many of them in Puglia. On display in the rooms of the Jewish Museum are photographs depicting the moments of that difficult period, poised between horror and a return to life. Imprinted on the paper, in the folds of those faces, are the welcoming spirit of the Italian cities and the relationships established with the locals. "Aliya" (ascent) indicates the Jewish people's return movement towards the Promised Land; "Bet" is the initial of the Hebrew word "bilti-legali", meaning illegal, evoking the 34 ships that left illegally from the Italian coast to bring over 21,000 survivors to Israel.


The exhibition can be visited, with compulsory booking, from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., and on Sunday from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Informations and bookings: 0832/247016.

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Event Date 07-12-2021 10:30 am
Location Museo Ebraico di Lecce
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