The ship Aeolia
Reading Carolina Delburgo's story of her escape from Egypt by ship to Italy in 1956 brought the memories flooding back for Ermoza Bonavida, who left this moving comment on Point of No Return.
"Fifty-three years later now, we did escape the same way, after a night of black-out. At three o'clock in the morning they came to arrest us, and (it is) likely our nextdoor neighbour told them we were not at home. So immediately my father made arrangements with HIAS, and also left in the middle of the night from Cairo to Alexandria, and took the ship Aeolia to Marseille and on to Paris until we got our visas for Los Angeles, California. Thank you HIAS!
"But the memories are still here, and reading your story made me go back to 1958 and I am very emotional about it. I remembered one thing not to forget, my parents did let me take my kitty cat Michmich, and bought her a ticket and (she) came with me on the boat. My boyfriend who loved me so much surprised me and came for me on the boat..surprises happened later and I hope one day to write a great life story - very interesting, From Egypt to America - I am just waiting for encouragement.
"The COJASOR in Paris were very generous with all the refugees from Egypt, helping feed us food-wise and money-wise. We really appreciated these years, waiting almost three years to get our visa. Now I have three great children, nine grandchildren - and am single!!! I live in Beverly Hills, California, but still miss the good times we had in Egypt before the war with so many friends, a big united family celebrating all the holidays together, and now everybody went all over the world.
"But as we celebrate Passover, Jewish history has repeated itself. It's very funny that my grandchildren see me as an Egyptian, and ask me if I wandered the desert for 40 years to escape slavery!"
Happy Passover everyone!
Ermoza Bonavida (School: Mission Laique, Cairo)
A leavened Passover