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Already a bestseller in Israel, and winner of Yitzak Sadeh prize - that country's most prestigious literary award, here is the extraordinary true story of the exodus, from 1947 to 1952, of the Jews in Iraq. As a young man, author Shlomo Hillel as an agent of Mossad, the Jewish Secret Service was instrumental in helping 125,000 Iraqi Jews escape to safety. Now, forty years later, he reveals all the drama and intrigue of this, the largest air migration in history - a first-hand account never before told. Played out against the chaos of Middle East politics, and with a compelling cast of Jewish agents, Iraqi Secret Police, British diplomats, and American soldiers of fortune, Operation Babylon has all the power of an international thriller ...a breathtaking story of adventure, daring, tragedy and human triumph.
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The author, an Iraqi-born Jew (currently Speaker of the Knesset in Israel), played a major role in arranging the early '50s airlift that brought 125,000 Iraqi immigrants to Israel, at the same time ending the exile of the oldest Jewish community in the world. Hillel recounts the many tight spots and close calls he experienced as an undercover Israeli agent working to strike a deal with Iraq and open the way for the exodus, and how by luck and fancy footwork he was repeatedly able to extricate himself. (At one point, posing as a British business executive, he's invited to the house of the Iraqi prime minister and finds himself confronted by a relative he hasn't seen in years who he fears may inadvertently give him away.) The book includes little-known material about the persecution of Iraqi Jews in a country where, as Hillel puts it, "the death of a Jew was a cause for exultation." Photos.
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Book Description Fontana Press, 1989. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110006372716