‘Bring me the Jews of Ethiopia’

The fascinating story of the journey of Ethiopian Jews through Sudan is told in words and pictures.

January 27, 2011 17:23
3 minute read.
The wife of Kes Abeba Baran, Ethiopia, 1984.

Ethiopian Jew_521. (photo credit: (Beit Hatfutsot photo archive))

Edited by Yuval Arnon-Ohanna and Alec Braizblatt | Ariel University and IIHCC | 141 pages

The story of the journey of the Ethiopian Jews from their homes to Israel via Sudan is one of the great Jewish stories. Although it is widely known in certain circles, the actual story never ceases to amaze. Beginning in the late 1990s, the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center decided to collect stories from Ethiopian Jews who had been children at the time of their aliya in 1984-1985. Around 80 stories written by children were received in 1997, and 15 were selected for inclusion in this volume. The book was published in collaboration with Ariel University in Hebrew in 2005, and has now come out in English. Although a relatively short read, it contains the most heartbreaking and intimate stories about the journey from villages in Ethiopia. It is adorned with stunning and shockingly clear black-and-white photos.


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