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January 27, 2000
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The man believed to be the last surviving American captain of the ships that illegally brought Jewish immigrants to Palestine after World War II died at the age of 88. Rudolf Patzert, who commanded the SS Paducah — also known as the Haganah Ship Geula — brought 1,385 Holocaust survivors to Haifa on Oct. 2, 1947. He and his crew later accompanied them to Cyprus, where the prisoners were interned for a month before being allowed to go to Palestine.

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