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Atlit 'Illegal' Immigration Detention Center

The Atlit 'Illegal' Detention Camp Museum teaches the story of the more than 122,000 people, (known as ma’apilim - illegal immigrants)who between the years 1934-1948, were transported from Europe and Arab countries to Israel’s shores in spite of the British blockade. Many were survivors of the Holocaust. Once they arrived, they were detained in camps on the very land they had risked their lives to reach.

The museum houses a series of educational opportunities for visitors:

 The Barracks: A reconstruction based on the original Camp built by the British Army during the 30’s. It introduces visitors to Atlit’s historical background, the British Mandate and Jewish immigration during World War II.

The Promenade: This was the strip that divided the detention camp between women and men. It was the only meeting point between the married couples.

The Disinfection Room: This area served as the reception center for all immigrants, and was the only original structure to survive the test of time.

The Wired Classroom: This multimedia exhibit traces the journey of a Jewish immigrant boat, the “Haim Arlosoroff,” which allows visitors the opportunity to follow the voyagers’ experience while presenting the challenges of those times.

BeNetivey Ha’apala: Literally meaning “The pathways of the illegal immigration,” the museum has set a goal to find out more about the 122,000 immigrants who came to Israel during WWII. Using state-of-the-art technologies and survivors’ oral histories, JNF and SPIHS are close to completing this project. Ma’apilim (Immigrant) Memorial: This site honors the 3,000 Ma’apilim who lost their lives trying to reach the Jewish homeland over the course of approximately 140 voyages.

Get involved and Donate to Atlit 'Illegal' Immigration Detention Center. For naming opportunities call your local office at 888-JNF-0099.


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