Blind Jump: The Story of Shaike Dan

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Associated University Presses, 1992 - Počet stran: 389
Blind Jump is the story of the amazing exploits of Shaike Dan. During World War II, Shaike Dan volunteered to parachute behind enemy lines in Romania on behalf of British Intelligence. His jump had two objectives: to locate the prison camp where 1,400 Allied Air Force crewman, downed when bombing the Ploesti oil fields in Romania, were being held, and also to find ways to get them out of Romania so that they could go back into action and resume their contribution to the war effort. The second objective was to try to rescue Jews from Eastern Europe and get them to Palestine.
There were thirty-two volunteer parachutists from Palestine. Some of them parachuted into Yugoslavia, linked up with partisan forces, and stole across frontiers with the help of local smugglers. Many of these volunteers were caught and some of them never returned.
Shaike Dan decided on a "blind jump," so as not to have to rely on the help of smugglers. Immediately after he parachuted directly into Romania, he got to work on the mission he had undertaken. Ever since that first jump, Shaike Dan's life has been a series of "blind jumps." Through the friends he made during the war, who over the years became key figures in the security services of Eastern Europe, he had access to the highest levels of the regimes in the Communist East. Thus began his remarkable career of rescuing Jews behind the Iron Curtain, an endeavor that continued almost up to the very present. The story of Shaike Dan's life and work is filled with incredible events and deeds, owing to Shaike's dedications, his resourcefulness, and his original way of viewing matters.
Until recently, Shaike Dan's name and deeds were kept secret. With the publication of the story of his life, the curtain goes up on the astounding tale of a modern-day Pimpernel.
 

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In 1935, youthful Zionist Shaike Dan left his Romanian village for life on a Palestinian kibbutz. Almost a decade later, at British request, he parachuted behind Nazi lines to rescue prisoners and ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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Foreword Shimon Peres
9
Introduction to Parachuting
13
Far from Civilization
17
Life with Meaning
33
Between Heaven and Earth
43
Blind Drop
72
Why did you come?
96
Crossing Borders
138
The Banana Boats
207
BulgariaThe Last Transport
232
My Beloved Yugoslavia
257
Planes and Diplomacy
290
An Endless Road
320
Target for Murder
348
Back Home after Jumping
373
Biographical Notes
383

The Friend
170

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Strana 16 - Jews were rescued by us during the war. Hundreds of orphans who were about to be sent from Romania back to Russia, arrived here and they — the rescued and the rescuers — are here in Israel today.

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