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Operation Solomon: The Daring Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. September 2006

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"A meticulous, well-written account of the events leading up to and including the Israeli airlift of 14,310 Ethiopian Jews. The book has the ring of authority, and reads like a novelistic thriller. [Spector's] book is the most judicious and accurate record of Operation Solomon we are likely to get."
--American Jewish History



"A meticulous, well-written account of the events leading up to and including the Israeli airlift of 14,310 Ethiopian Jews. The book has the ring of authority, and reads like a novelistic thriller. [Spector's] book is the most judicious and accurate record of Operation Solomon we are likely to get."
--American Jewish History


"A meticulous, well-written account of the events leading up to and including the Israeli airlift of 14,310 Ethiopian Jews. The book has the ring of authority, and reads like a novelistic thriller. [Spector's] book is the most judicious and accurate record of Operation Solomon we are likely to get." --American Jewish History
"A meticulous, well-written account of the events leading up to and including the Israeli airlift of 14,310 Ethiopian Jews. The book has the ring of authority, and reads like a novelistic thriller. [Spector's] book is the most judicious and accurate record of Operation Solomon we are likely to get." --American Jewish History
"An impressive exercise in forensic documentary, with skeletons pulled out of unknown closets, X-rayed, dusted, and added to our collective knowledge.... The pace of the narrative is that of a fast-moving thriller.... After launching an eight-year, tri-continental archival odyssey, meticulously reconfirmed in 200 interviews, Spector leaves no question unasked, and almost none unanswered."--Amir Shaviv, The Forword
"Valuable...fascinating...crisply told.... Perhaps no story encapsulates both the promise and problems of Jewish migration to Israel better than the tale of the black Jews of Ethiopia."--Charles Lane, Washington Post Book World
"Stephen Spector tells the riveting story behind the story of how the United States joined with Israel in the humanitarian effort that resulted in Operation Solomon. Against the dramatic backdrop of the transition from despotism to democracy in Ethiopia, the Falashas were willing to risk everything in order to achieve their dream of living in Israel. Their story is an inspiration and atestament to the power of diplomacy, and of faith." --Brent Scowcroft, former U.S. National Security Advisor
"Finally the saga of Operation Solomon, the remarkable rescue of 14,000 Falashas, the Black Jews of Ethiopia, has been meticulously researched and accurately told. Stephen Spector tells the story in a manner so riveting that readers will find this book hard, indeed almost impossible to put down. It's a wonderful story and this book is a service to the history of the event." --Rudy Boschwitz, former U.S. Senator, Minnesota
"Spector describes the tense negotiations among Israelis, Ethiopians and Americans, which became increasingly urgent as time ran low and danger mounted. He highlights the secret deals and sudden setbacks that nearly aborted the mission at the eleventh hour."--Jerusalem Post
"In his extensively researched and engagingly written book, Stephen Spector uncovers the story of the airlift of Ethiopian Jews to Israel--a story of intrigue, hardship, and amazing courage. An invaluable contribution to the study of modern Jewish history, Israel, and the Middle East." --Michael Oren, author of Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
"Operation Solomon is the best and most insightful account of the evacuation of the Beta Israel from war-torn Ethiopia to 'the promised land.' With access to the confidential files of the organizations and personalities who made it happen, Spector guides the reader through a saga replete with intrigue, daring, and ultimate joy. The author does not resolve all the conflicting claims or assertions in this complex history, but lays out the facts with scrupulous scholarship, allowing the reader to draw hisown conclusions. Operation Solomon, obviously, was a labor of love for Spector and it resonates in his artful and sensitive prose." --Robert Houdek, Chief of Mission, American Embassy in Ethiopia, 1988-1991
"Operation Solomon describes vividly and meticulously the 1991 rescue of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews from the throes of civil war and misery in Addis Ababa. Fantastic by any standard, Operation Solomon is a shining beacon in the dramatic saga of Jewish ingathering, perhaps the most authentic realization of Zionism. The author has skillfully knitted together all aspects of this unique, complex venture. As one of the Operation's architects I can vouch for the accuracy of his description; by reviving the story Spector has indeed scored a major achievement." --Reuven Merhav, former Director General, Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs
"Spector recounts the events leading up to the operation and its aftermath with excitement and aplomb, and in exquisite detail." --Studies in Contemporary Jewry



"A meticulous, well-written account of the events leading up to and including the Israeli airlift of 14,310 Ethiopian Jews. The book has the ring of authority, and reads like a novelistic thriller. [Spector's] book is the most judicious and accurate record of Operation Solomon we are likely to get." --American Jewish History


"A meticulous, well-written account of the events leading up to and including the Israeli airlift of 14,310 Ethiopian Jews. The book has the ring of authority, and reads like a novelistic thriller. [Spector's] book is the most judicious and accurate record of Operation Solomon we are likely to get." --American Jewish History


"An impressive exercise in forensic documentary, with skeletons pulled out of unknown closets, X-rayed, dusted, and added to our collective knowledge.... The pace of the narrative is that of a fast-moving thriller.... After launching an eight-year, tri-continental archival odyssey, meticulously reconfirmed in 200 interviews, Spector leaves no question unasked, and almost none unanswered."--Amir Shaviv, The Forword


"Valuable...fascinating...crisply told.... Perhaps no story encapsulates both the promise and problems of Jewish migration to Israel better than the tale of the black Jews of Ethiopia."--Charles Lane, Washington Post Book World


"Stephen Spector tells the riveting story behind the story of how the United States joined with Israel in the humanitarian effort that resulted in Operation Solomon. Against the dramatic backdrop of the transition from despotism to democracy in Ethiopia, the Falashas were willing to risk everything in order to achieve their dream of living in Israel. Their story is an inspiration and a testament to the power of diplomacy, and of faith." --Brent Scowcroft, former U.S. National Security Advisor


"Finally the saga of Operation Solomon, the remarkable rescue of 14,000 Falashas, the Black Jews of Ethiopia, has been meticulously researched and accurately told. Stephen Spector tells the story in a manner so riveting that readers will find this book hard, indeed almost impossible to put down. It's a wonderful story and this book is a service to the history of the event." --Rudy Boschwitz, former U.S. Senator, Minnesota


"Spector describes the tense negotiations among Israelis, Ethiopians and Americans, which became increasingly urgent as time ran low and danger mounted. He highlights the secret deals and sudden setbacks that nearly aborted the mission at the eleventh hour."--Jerusalem Post


"In his extensively researched and engagingly written book, Stephen Spector uncovers the story of the airlift of Ethiopian Jews to Israel--a story of intrigue, hardship, and amazing courage. An invaluable contribution to the study of modern Jewish history, Israel, and the Middle East." --Michael Oren, author of Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East


"Operation Solomon is the best and most insightful account of the evacuation of the Beta Israel from war-torn Ethiopia to 'the promised land.' With access to the confidential files of the organizations and personalities who made it happen, Spector guides the reader through a saga replete with intrigue, daring, and ultimate joy. The author does not resolve all the conflicting claims or assertions in this complex history, but lays out the facts with scrupulous scholarship, allowing the reader to draw his own conclusions. Operation Solomon, obviously, was a labor of love for Spector and it resonates in his artful and sensitive prose." --Robert Houdek, Chief of Mission, American Embassy in Ethiopia, 1988-1991


"Operation Solomon describes vividly and meticulously the 1991 rescue of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews from the throes of civil war and misery in Addis Ababa. Fantastic by any standard, Operation Solomon is a shining beacon in the dramatic saga of Jewish ingathering, perhaps the most authentic realization of Zionism. The author has skillfully knitted together all aspects of this unique, complex venture. As one of the Operation's architects I can vouch for the accuracy of his description; by reviving the story Spector has indeed scored a major achievement." --Reuven Merhav, former Director General, Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs


"Spector recounts the events leading up to the operation and its aftermath with excitement and aplomb, and in exquisite detail." --Studies in Contemporary Jewry


Synopsis

"Operation Solomon" was one of the most remarkable rescue efforts in modern history, in which more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel in little more than a day. Now, in this riveting volume, Stephen Spector offers the definitive account of this incredible story, based on over 200 interviews and exclusive access to confidential documents. Written with the pace and immediacy of a novel, here is the dramatic story of the rescue of the dark-skinned Jews of Ethiopia. Spector recounts how 20,000 Jews were willingly lured from their ancestral villages to Addis Ababa, expecting to be taken quickly from there to the Holy Land. Instead, they became pawns in a struggle between the Israeli government and Ethiopia's repressive dictator, who tried to coerce Israel into selling him the weapons he needed in a losing war against rebel armies. In the resulting stalemate, the Jewish community was forced to live for nearly a year in squalid hovels, vulnerable to the dangers of the city, including crime and HIV.

Worse yet, the imminent collapse of Addis Ababa, with the rebels closing in on the capital, raised the threat of bloody street fighting or even a genocidal attack on the Jews, a small minority in a nation that is primarily Christian and Muslim. Spector describes the tense negotiations among Israelis, Ethiopians, and Americans, which became increasingly urgent as time ran low and the danger mounted. And he highlights the secret deals and sudden setbacks that nearly aborted the mission at the eleventh hour, even as Israeli jets sat on the runway in Ethiopia, waiting to take the Jews to the land for which they had yearned for generations. Recounting the full story for the first time, "Operation Solomon" is a stirring account of a heroic rescue achieved in the face of daunting odds.

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This remarkable book tells the history of the rescue and homecoming of the Jews of Ethiopia. In Ethiopia they were known as "Falasha" which means Landless, an Exile or a Wanderer. They called themselves Beta Israel (House of Israel) and in the 1980s the community decided to make Aliyah to Israel. The highlight of this narrative is the actual Operation Solomon, when more than 14 000 of the Beta Israel were airlifted to Israel in May 1991.
Based on about 200 interviews with people in Ethiopia, Israel, the UK and the USA plus many articles and documents, the book offers a tale of chilling suspense, great sacrifice and awesome courage and joy. The constant political intrigue leading up to the airlift made it a risky enterprise from various angles.
Ethiopia was in a state of turmoil as the liberation movements were winning the civil war against dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam. Eventually Addis Abeba was surrounded. For more than a year, the Beta Israel stayed in terrible conditions in the city as the Ethiopian tyrant tried to use them to get weapons from Israel to fight his enemies.
Spector describes how, at the height of the tension as the buses reached the airport from the Israeli embassy compound, the people calmly and patiently waited their turn. This was one of the main reasons the operation succeeded. From Friday 24th May to Saturday 25th May, 34 hours and 4 minutes after the first plane left Ben Gurion Airport, the mission was accomplished: 14 310 Beta Israel were safe in their true homeland. Forty-one military and El Al aircraft took part.
One of the organizers is quoted as saying that it was a very disorganized miracle. But a miracle it was, as once again Israel plucked Jews out of danger.
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Detailed account of operation. Makes for an interesting read as this operation did not really make international headlines.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A great book about a great event in Jewish history 28. September 2005
Von Werner Cohn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Over 14,000 black Ethiopian Jews were airlifted from Addis Ababa to Israel within a day and a half in 1991. It is an outstanding event in Jewish history, an outstanding achievement for Israel and its helpers among the Jews of the world.

This book tells the story in exciting detail. The author, a professor of English at SUNY Stonybrook, guides us through the labyrinthian detail of infighting, political machination, financial hanky-panky, but eventual triumph. His tone throughout is admirably objective. He tells us about the arguments for and against the project. He leaves it to the reader to provide a final judgement, but there will be few who can withhold admiration for the achievements of those most closely associated with this airlift.

Among these latter, notably, is a group of American Jews who stood outside the Jewish establishment and, often acting fanatically, seem to have made all the difference. One of these, Susan Pollack, deserves more than a footnote when the history of modern Judaism is written.

The author has interviewed hundreds, both in Israel and the United States, and he seems to have read everything that has any bearing on the subject. One of the best features of the book is the exhaustive bibliography and suggestions for further reading, which are sprinkled throughout the book.

But since the author is not an expert on either Ethiopia or Ethiopian Jews, there are some notable weaknesses in the book. To understand more about the whole project of Ethiopian immigration to Israel, we need to know more about the culture and religion of the Beta Israel, the Ethiopian Jews. This author is not much help. He does tell us, for example, that a religious leader among the Beta Israel is called a "ques," a "Jewish priest." But how many are there of these ? How does one become a ques ? What education is involved ? Are there any rivalries among the "quessotch" ?

The author also tells us that the language of the Beta Israel is Amharic. But we know from other sources that this is true of only 80% of the Ethiopian Jews of Israel, the rest speaking Tigrinya, the official language of Eritrea. This fact is never mentioned in the book.

The author is also fairly innocent of knowledge about Ethiopian ethnic groups. He tells us (p. 136), on the authority of gossip by an American embassy official, that "Oromo kids" created havoc on the streets of Addis Ababa at a certain point. Anyone more sophisticated about inter-ethnic conflict in Ethiopia would be wary about making such a reckless, undocumented charge.

In the end, the book is what it is: a remarkably detailed, documented account of one of the greatest events in Jewish history. And it is also a scholarly guide to some of the literature of the historic and ethnographic context. It would be churlish to ask for more.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good but too much detail 4. April 2013
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This was a very good book considering I know almost nothing about Ethiopian Jewry. It still wasn't clear how we know these people are Jewish but maybe we just won't ever really know. I do think it was a little too detailed. We really don't need word for word conversations between the players. Story is fascinating however.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 21. Januar 2016
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Great book recommendations to all Ethiopians who grow up during Mengistu!!!!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not for the general reader 29. Februar 2008
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This is the kind of book that promises to tell about something but wraps it up in so much extra stuff that the core issue fades in the background.

The core issue is how 14,310 Ethiopian Jews got airlifted into Israel in about a day and a half in 1991; the extra stuff is geopolitics and babble.

I didn't get to page 50 because -though I am interested in the subject- I was bored to death. I don't care what happened behind doors in Washington or Moscow. Just make a summary of it and give me the facts.

Here's a sample narrative: "... Herman Cohen, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, traveled to Addis to explore brokering peace in the Ethiopian conflict. Cohen told Mengistu that improved relations with the United States would be conditioned on several principal points..."

Now, whom is this babble addressed to? If I were one of the people airlifted in the story, and I had just this book to show to my children, so they knew what it was like, I would feel cheated, 'cause the book ain't really about my experiences.

Will you please, Professors, come back to real life?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A powerful and inspirational account of some recent history 19. August 2005
Von Jill Malter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Israel has been making good on its task of being a refuge for Jews. In the decade prior to 1948, hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) of Jewish lives would have been saved had Israel existed. They would have moved to Israel much as Jews actually did in 1948 and the next few years. In those days, Jews reached Israel from Europe, Yemen and elsewhere. But not too many showed up from Ethiopia. And this book begins by explaining why.

One complication is that the Ethiopian Jews are not genetically related to the Ashkenazic (German) or Sephardic (Spanish) Jews. Does that mean that they are not really Jews? Well, that's up to Israel and some of its rabbis and other leaders to decide. They certainly look like Jews to me, but I'm a Pagan, and my opinion isn't relevant. On the other hand, they also look like Jews to some Israelis rabbis whose opinion is relevant. And it seems that there may well be a third branch of Jews, in addition to the Ashkenazim and the Sephardim.

When Golda Meir was the Prime Minister of Israel, she showed little interest in bringing the Ethiopians to Israel, in part because she feared that it would endanger Israeli relations with Ethiopia and other African nations. But Menachim Begin felt that Israel's claim to be a Zionist state would be sabotaged unless it could bring Ethiopian Jews into the country. As for the Ethiopian Jews, most of them not only wanted to immigrate to Israel but were willing to risk their lives to do so.

Unfortunately, after the Yom Kippur War, most African nations, including Ethiopia, broke diplomatic relations with Israel.

That's where this book starts, and it continues by describing the rescue of Ethiopian Jews, over 94,000 of whom now live in Israel. The most exciting part is about the airlift of over 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel in May, 1991 (Operation Solomon). It happened quickly. The first plane left Addis Ababa at 1:30 PM on May 24, and the final one, less than a day later, at 11:35 AM on May 25, with the planes crossing the Red Sea, of course.

I found the book very exciting, as it described the wars and revolutions that confronted everyone in the region, as well as the various bribes that people had to pay to try to free the Ethiopian Jews. And I feel it has a moral: the oppressed can indeed be liberated, and people will show courage and strength to help liberate themselves and to liberate others.
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