The Last Relic of the Exodus, and Its Incredible Journey to Israel

How a surprise call to then-Jewish Agency chief Isaac Herzog in 2020 led to the compass from the ship ‘that launched a nation’ finding its way home from a small village in Cornwall

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The compass from the SS Exodus 1947, the ship that played a part in the formation of the State of Israel.
The compass from the SS Exodus 1947, the ship that played a part in the formation of the State of Israel.
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz

Tucked away in a corner of the Tel Aviv museum that celebrates Israel’s founding fighters is the latest addition to a small collection of artifacts. It is not part of the standard audiovisual tour, so most visitors will likely miss it. But it is probably the closest they will ever physically get to what was once hailed as “the ship that launched a nation.”

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