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  1. Operation Solomon: The Daring Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews
    Operation Solomon: The Daring Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews
    Operation Solomon: The Daring Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews
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  2. Operation Solomon: The Daring Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews

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"Operation Solomon" was one of the most remarkable rescue efforts in modern history, in which more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel in little more than a day. In this riveting volume, Stephen Spector offers the definitive account of this incredible story, based on over 200 interviews and exclusive access to confidential documents.
Written with the pace and immediacy of a novel, here is the dramatic story of the rescue of the dark-skinned Jews of Ethiopia. Spector recounts how 20,000 Jews were willingly lured from their ancestral villages to Addis Ababa, expecting to be taken quickly from there to the Holy Land. Instead, they became pawns in a struggle between the Israeli government and Ethiopia's repressive dictator, who tried to coerce Israel into selling him weapons he needed in a losing war against rebel armies. In the resulting stalemate, the Jewish community was forced to live for nearly a year in squalid hovels, vulnerable to the dangers of the city, including crime and HIV. Worse yet, the imminent collapse of Addis Ababa, with the rebels closing in on the capital, raised the threat of bloody street fighting or even a genocidal attack on the Jews, a small minority in a nation that is primarily Christian and Muslim. Spector describes the tense negotiations among Israelis, Ethiopians, and Americans, which became increasingly urgent as time ran low and the danger mounted. And he highlights the secret deals and sudden setbacks that nearly aborted the mission at the eleventh hour, even as Israeli jets sat on the runway in Ethiopia, waiting to take the Jews to the land for which they had yearned for generations.
Recounting the full story for the first time, Operation Solomon is a stirring account of a heroic rescue achieved in the face of daunting odds.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Stephen Spector
Binding
Hardcover
EAN
9780195177824
Edition
1
ISBN
0195177827
Label
Oxford University Press
Manufacturer
Oxford University Press
MPN
25 halftones
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
320
PartNumber
25 halftones
PublicationDate
2005-03-15
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Studio
Oxford University Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Over 14,000 black Ethiopian Jews were airlifted from Addis Ababa to Israel within a day and a half in 1991. It is an outstanding event in Jewish history, an outstanding achievement for Israel and its helpers among the Jews of the world.

This book tells the story in exciting detail. The author, a professor of English at SUNY Stonybrook, guides us through the labyrinthian detail of infighting, political machination, financial hanky-panky, but eventual triumph. His tone throughout is admirably objective. He tells us about the arguments for and against the project. He leaves it to the reader to provide a final judgement, but there will be few who can withhold admiration for the achievements of those most closely associated with this airlift.

Among these latter, notably, is a group of American Jews who stood outside the Jewish establishment and, often acting fanatically, seem to have made all the difference. One of these, Susan Pollack, deserves more than a... Read more
This was a very good book considering I know almost nothing about Ethiopian Jewry. It still wasn't clear how we know these people are Jewish but maybe we just won't ever really know. I do think it was a little too detailed. We really don't need word for word conversations between the players. Story is fascinating however.
Great book recommendations to all Ethiopians who grow up during Mengistu!!!!
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