Sam Schulman, last surviving US crew member on legendary ‘Exodus,’ dies at 91

Sam Schulman in front a photo of himself at an exhibition of the ‘Exodus’ at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in 2003 in Richmond, Virginia (Courtesy Schulman family)

Samuel Schulman, the last surviving American crew member of the celebrated ship “Exodus 1947,” which attempted to bring thousands of Holocaust survivors from Europe to pre-state Israel, passed away Friday in Richmond, Virginia. He was 91.

From the end of World War II until the establishment of the State of Israel, “illegal” immigration — known by its code name the Aliya Bet — was the main way of getting around the United Kingdom’s strictly enforced policy at the time of allowing only several hundred Jewish refugees a month into British-controlled Palestine.

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