26. Aghia Zoni P.
Departed Fiume 16 Mar 1939, arrived 22 Apr 1939
ex- Taranto, built 1899, 1227 gross tons, passenger steamer.
Organized by Betar
150 Germans came from Switzerland 21 Feb 1939. They & others housed in hotel in Abbazia then told they would be returned. But through intervention by the local police chief, bishop and rabbi they were permitted to stay in a wine warehouse. Italians wanted to deport foreign Jews in Italy illegally. Departure was further delayed while the ship was made seaworthy. Passengers were landed on beach near Isdud. 218 people including women & children were found wandering the dunes all night and taken to Sarafand camp. 383 others were landed earlier, 44 escaped, and 173 were captured.