Independently published



$19.95 US

372 pp

Translated from the Yiddish
אומלעגאַלע ייִדן שפּאַלטן ימען

Samuel Isban


Veteran newspaperman Samuel Isban accepts an assignment from the New York newsaper Der Morgn Zhurnal to report on Aliya Bet,  the clandestine mission to smuggle Jewish refugees past the British blocade into Palestine.

What follows is an eyewitness account from abord a ramshackle vessel, manned by a crew of young volunteers and packed with a human cargo of 1,500 Jewish refugees from the concentration camps.

About the Author

Samuel Isban (1905–1995) was born in Gostynin, Poland and emmigrated to America in 1937.

A prolific journalist and author in both Yiddish and Hebrew, Isban published numerous novels and short story collections.


What people are saying:

“Completed in 1947 before the UN Partition plan and the declaration of a Jewish state . . . Isban brings a picture of Aliya Bet unaffected by the experience of the War of Independence and the shift to the view of the Arab as enemy.”

 — Samuel Z. Klausner

Illegal Jews Part the Waves