Jewish internees on the island of Rhodes in 1940 and persons transferred from Rhodes to the Ferramonti Internment Camp 12-Jan-1942 (ID: 45400)
During the 1930's, several ships full of European (Ashkenazi) Jews heading to Palestine stopped off at Rhodes for refueling and supplies. One of these ships was known to have been shipwrecked off the coast on the island of Samos in May 1939 or May 1940 (reports differ). This ship is believed to have been the "Pentcho", whose point of origin was Bratislava, Slovakia. The damaged ship managed to return to port in Rhodes, but the refugees on board had lost almost all their luggage and had to live in the Rhodes athletic stadium for several months. The local Rhodes Jews, known as Rhodeslis, brought them food, blankets, and supplies.
Eventually, a new transport ship was obtained and most of the European refugees continued on to Palestine. The Rhodes community also arranged for 300 of the refugees to be transported to Tangiers. Luckily, most of the shipwrecked and deported people survived the Holocaust and were freed in 1944.
This collection includes the "Shipwrecked Passengers" list and The "Transferred to Ferramonti" list.
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Only a very small part of Arolsen Archives’ collection is imported in the USHMM’s Holocaust Survivors and Victims database.