Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nazis in Cairo?

We have all seen Indiana Jones fighting the Nazis in Egypt, but I wasn't aware that Rommel broke through the defensive lines at El Alemein and took Cairo and Alexandria. So I was a little perplexed by this statement in the Mail (and repeated elsewhere but offline in the Telegraph),
Miss Williams, whose parents fled to Britain from Egypt to escape the Nazis,
If her family did come from Egypt during the war, and I am sure they did, then what were they running away from? The journey must have been fraught with danger, and I cannot believe that they were given passge on a troop ship through the death alley that was the Medditereanean.

I mean nothing by this, I am just perplexed as to how such a trip could be made.


Curmudgeon said...

Round the Cape of Good Hope, presumably - in the opposite direction to how Monty's troops and tanks got to Egypt.

Toxic said...

Yup round the Cape like the Laconia

Gawain Towler said...

Interesting overview of the Jewish population in Egypt. It suggests that a fair number of the local Jewry were very worried about the German advance until 1942, but the linkage between local islam, and the Muslim botherhood and Nazis compounded the issue.