Wednesday, March 28 at 4 p.m. – Javits Room, Melville Library (second floor)
“Operation Solomon” was one of the most remarkable rescue efforts in modern history, in which more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel in little more than a day. Now, in this riveting volume, Stephen Spector offers the definitive account of this incredible story, based on over 200 interviews and exclusive access to confidential documents. Spector recounts how 20,000 Jews were willingly lured from their ancestral villages to Addis Ababa, expecting to be taken quickly from there to the Holy Land. Instead, they became pawns in a struggle between the Israeli government and Ethiopia’s repressive dictator, who tried to coerce Israel into selling him weapons he needed in a losing war against rebel armies. Recounting the full story for the first time, Operation Solomon is a stirring account of a heroic rescue achieved in the face of daunting odds.
Stephen Spector is Professor and Chairperson of English at
Stony Brook University.