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The Anguish of Liberation and the Return to Life

Return to Life
Yad Vashem Photo Archives, 1486/1280
A demonstration by the Beitar movement, calling for unrestricted immigration to Eretz Israel – Leipheim, Germany, Postwar

After the Holocaust, the British Mandate continued to deny the She’erit Hapleita (lit.: the remnant that survived) access to Eretz Israel. In light of the refugees’ ardent desire to immigrate, volunteers from the Yishuv organized groups all over Europe, and together with local youth movements, they arranged the illegal immigration to Eretz Israel of approximately 60,000 people, who made their way on board ships.