24 Dec 2009

Death of "Exodus" skipper

2:52 pm on 24 December 2009

The death has been announced of the captain of the Jewish immigrant ship, the Exodus.

The ship was at the centre of an international outcry when it was refused entry to British-controlled Palestine in 1947.

Yitzhak Aharonovitz was 86.

The Exodus was carrying over 4000 people - mostly Holocaust survivors - when it was forced to return to Germany.

After an international outcry, the passengers were transferred to Cyprus by the British authorities, where they remained until the creation of Israel in 1948.

The incident inspired a best-selling novel by the American writer, Leon Uris, and a 1960 film starring Paul Newman.