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Jews in North Yemen

Yemen, 1970

It had always been claimed that the Imam had forced all Jews to leave Yemen and that they had been airlifted to Israel. The film, however, shows that this was not the case. The Jews who had been made to leave came mainly from the cities. In the tribal areas, they had the choice of emigrating to Israel or staying on in Yemen. Most of them preferred to stay – incidentally, much to the delight of the Yemenite tribes, because the Jews are their most important partners in trade. All that talk of maltreatment and exploitation is hugely exaggerated.

a film by Gordian Troeller and Marie-Claude Deffarge
original title: Juden im Nordjemen
camera: Gordian Troeller
15 minutes

The film is lost. If anyone knows the whereabouts of a print we would be grateful if they could contact us.

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