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Haifa and the Northern Coast Sights

Atlit Detention Camp

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Updated 01/06/2015

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Atlit is a peninsula with the jagged remains of an important Crusader castle. Of more recent history, to the west (about 1,500 feet from the highway) is the Atlit detention camp used by the British to house refugees smuggled in during and after World War II. The reconstructed barracks, fences, and watchtowers stand as reminders of how Jewish immigration was outlawed under the British Mandate after the publication of the infamous White Paper in 1939. More than a third of the 120,000 illegal immigrants to Palestine passed through the camp from 1934 to 1948. In 1945, Yizthak Rabin, then a young officer in the Palmach, planned a raid that freed 200 detainees. The authenticity of the exhibit is striking: it was re-created from accounts of actual detainees and their contemporaries; you see the living quarters, complete with laundry hanging from the rafters. The camp is 15 km (9 miles) south of Haifa.

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Rte. 2, Nahsholim-Dor, 30350, Israel



Sight Details:

  • NIS 32
  • Sun.–Thurs. 9–5, Fri. and holiday eves 9–1, Sat. by prior arrangement

Updated 01/06/2015


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