Genya's Exodus


Genya's Exodus: Memoirs of an Exodus 1947 passenger

Introduction for non-Israelis: Historical and cultural context of the book

After Israel's 50th anniversary in 1998, there was a growing realization that Israel's founding generation was dying off. Some of these people survived the Holocaust against all odds, some immigrated to the Land of Israel in defiance of the British empire, and some fought in Israel's War of Independece against far more numerous enemies. Many were involved in all of the above. The epic 1940s were a landmark even in the long, eventful and often painful history of the Jewish people. The loss of information on that decade due to biological reasons had to be encountered. As a result, a spontaneous, decentralized national project came to life. Many of the founding generations wrote down their memories or had them written down by their children or grandchildren. In 2007 my family joined the trend and the outcome is this book.

From the back cover:

This book describes the tales of Genya Puterman (born Krawitz) from her birth in a Jewish town in Poland in 1919 until she settled in Tel Aviv in 1952. During the turbulent 1940s Genya left Europe for Asia three times. World War II made her a refugee who lived in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Germany, the immigrant ship Exodus 1947, a British deportation ship, three refugee camps in Germany, and three refugee camps in Israel. The goal of the book is to describe a small part of a world that was viciously destroyed, and a personal view of the dramatic events of Holocaust, immigration, and Independence.

The book was prepared by two of Genya's grandsons. The editor and interviewer is Dror Goldberg, an economic historian. The book was designed by Ronen Goldberg, a graphic designer. The book is written in Hebrew. It has 194 pages, 37 pictures, and 6 original maps.
The book cover

A few dozen copies were printed and are being given to family, friends, and various historical institutions in Israel: The National Library, Yad Vashem (Holocaust national museum), The Diaspora Museum, and The Immigration Museum. The printing was partly funded by a $1000 grant from Yad Vashem.