The Detention Camp for Illegal Immigrants at Atlit
is an Israeli national site whose vision and focus is to serve as a gateway to the culture and heritage of Jewish Illegal Immigration.
The camp interned illegal Jewish immigrants (Ma’apilim) between the years 1940-1948 who were captured by the British after engaging in a struggle with them while attempting to immigrate to Palestine by sea, land, and air. Imprisoned at the camp were also Jewish activists, Irgun and Lehi fighters of the Yishuv, who fought against British rule and Jewish officials arrested by the British in the incident known as the “Black Sabbath” in June 1946.
A guided tour takes you through the camp to original and reconstructed buildings, between the barbed wire fences and watchtowers and entrance into the disinfection building and the barracks.
Included in the tour, is the viewing of a short film depicting the Palmach break in to the camp and rescue of its detainees that took place in October 1945, and the “The Route of Haapala” barrack, where you can see and use the on-line database containing the names of over 110,000 illegal immigrants, volunteers and most of the 140 ships on which they sailed. The data base includes comprehensive information, personal stories, newsreels and more relating to the period of illegal immigration during the British Mandate period in Palestine.
Visitors will have a chance to board the ship “Galina”, an exciting experience, which provides a visual image of the voyage at sea made by Jewish immigrants and holocaust survivors as they made their difficult journey, through the hardships of a sea voyage, grasping tight to the hope of immigration to Eretz Israel.
The Camp has tours for all ages, however most tours are suggested for visitors over the age of 9. So tell us who will be attending in your group so we can best prepare for your tour.
The Camp Tour – 1 ¾ hour, Tickets: Adult 30 NIS, child or pensioner 25 NIS
This tour takes you through all the buildings and exhibitions noted above with a personal camp guide provided by the camp, included in the ticket. It is recommended to reserve your tour in advance to guarantee a personal guide
There is more than one way to visit the Atlit Detention Camp.
Specialized prearranged Tours and programs, combine the Camp Tour with a detailed experience, tailored to your groups focus, area of interest and age.
The Palmach break-in to the camp – 2.5 hours, Tickets: 45 NIS
This tour is an in-depth focus on the break-in raid by the Palmach into the camp to rescue and release the detainees. The tour combines a workshop and review of the plans that lead up to the raid, it’s timing and the escape routes of the immigrants based on the data gathered at the time by “Shai” (Haganah Intelligence Service). Following the workshop and presentation, the group will hear about the events of this heroic operation.
The “Bricha” Movement – 2 hours, Tickets: 30 NIS
The “Bricha” movement operated in Europe from the end of World War II until the establishment of the State of Israel. It was responsible for the smuggling of some three hundred thousand Holocaust survivors from Eastern Europe to the southwest ports of the Mediterranean in order to reach the Land of Israel and establish their home. This organized, mass migration of survivors is a fascinating episode that emphasizes the significance of mutual responsibility and enhances the importance of the existence of the State of Israel. The tour includes a visit in the train cars displayed in the camp which house an exhibition of the Bricha movement.
Illegal Immigrants on the Ridge – 3 hours, Tickets:45 NIS
A tour that includes a short hike on the sandstone ridge outside the camp. After the tour of the camp, we will hike the sandstone ridge between the camp and the sea and we will recall the story of the illegal immigration campaign, look out upon the ancient Crusader fortress of Atlit, and learn about the village of Atlit, its citizens and the role they played in the welfare of the detainees in the camp.
Mount Carmel Hike – 5 hours, Tickets: 60 NIS
The tour starts at the Atlit Detention Camp. After a guided tour of the camp with an emphasis on the Palmach break-in, we will embark on an enjoyable nature hike on Mount Carmel which leaves from the artist community of Ein Hod and continues on the marked trail, part of the Israel Nature Trail, through the Carmel Mt Range. We will pass through impressive observation points toward the coastal plain that overlooks the Illegal Immigrants Camp. We will have the opportunity to share the same landscape and viewpoint of the Palmachniks that were given the task of freeing the immigrants from the camp in 1945. We will continue north toward the Nahal Oren (Ezba) Cave, enter the cave and see how it was created. The hike ends in the Nahal Oren parking lot.
Required equipment – comfortable walking shoes, hat, water and flashlight.
The “Tehran Children” 2.5 hours, Tickets: 30 NIS
Explore the emotional story of the “Tehran children”, a heroic operation that brought to Israel more than 800 children who fled from Poland to the Soviet Union at the outbreak of WWII. Making their way to Teheran through grave hardships, such as illness, starvation, and cold. Many of the children lost their parents along the way. The operation included two transports in February and August of 1943 bringing the children, by boat, train and by foot to Eretz Israel where they spent their first night in the detention camp in Atlit.
The tour includes a 20 minute film produced by the Tehran Children’s Association, the Shtetl Association and the Ma’apilim Camp.
The Camp by moonlight and lanterns – 2.5 hours, Tickets: 50 NIS (minimum 25 persons)
Experience the camp by moonlight as the guided tour begins with a sunset view at the beach and the Crusader fortress of Atlit where we will sit and sing the songs of Natan Alterman and Yehoram Taharlev. After which we will hike into the camp by moonlight with lanterns. On the way we will come upon the illegal immigrant ship “Galina” which simulates the voyage at sea made by the Maapilim as they journeyed to Eretz Yisrael . The tour continues to the Palmach station where a light snack of tea and biscuits is served while listening to the tale of the planning of the Palmach break-in to the camp. When we find our way to the barracks we will hear stories of day-to-day life in the camp and end our visit with the audiovisual film of the Palmach break-in.
The Camp and the film – The Righteous will Flourish like a Palm tree”, 2 ¼ hour
Tickets: Adult 33 NIS, child or pensioner 28 NIS,
Film only Tickets: Adult 20 NIS child or pensioner 15 NIS
Discover the tragic story of the Lazarovitz Family, one Jewish family in Eretz Israel before the establishment of the state of Israel. This 30 minute film casts a unique light on the story, one of inspiration and bravery in life choices.
Past, Present and Future an Outdoor Training activity
2 hours , Tickets: 70 NIS (minimum 25 persons)
A dynamic, interactive ODT workshop for groups in the Atlit Camp.
Become part of the story as participants attempt to rescue the Palmach commander from within the Camp. The workshop is structured as a gradual sequence of individual and group tasks, during which the group members experience diverse challenges in the natural environment of the Atlit camp with the goal of the participants to identify and rescue a Palmach Commander.
A variety of night time activities and games can be reserved at the Camp and operated by outside sources. Details of outside sourcing contacts are available at the camp.
Exciting “Add-Ons” that can enhance any visit to the camp
Musicians playing at the displays.
“Meet the Maapilim” as Costumed Actors interpret their stories
Hiking kits – includes a branded cloth backpack, water, snacks and a bandana.
Ice pop snacks at the end of the visit
Refreshments – Coffee and pastries to welcome the group upon arrival
Host your next event at the Camp. Combine a meaningful experience to any social or family event inside the camp and all its facilities.
Ask us about this and more!
Guidance center phone no. : 04-9841980
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday – 09:00-17:00, Friday: 09:00-13:00