John Stanley Grauel papers
John Stanley Grauel (1917-1986) was born in Worcester, MA, and graduated from a theological seminary in Maine in 1941 as a Methodist Minister. He joined the Christian Council of Palestine (later the American Christian Palestine Committee) in 1942, and in 1944 he joined the Haganah’s efforts to smuggled European Jews into Palestine. He was included in the mission of the Exodus 1947, a former naval vessel, the President Warfield, which was acquired by the Haganah, renamed, and sent on an ill-fated mission to transport Holocaust survivors to Palestine illegally. Grauel was arrested by the British Navy when the ship was intercepted by British destroyers, and he gave testimony before the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine that Golda Meir credited with changing the sympathies of the UN in favor of a Jewish state. The State of Israel awarded Grauel the Humanity Medal, the Fighter for Israel Medal and the Medal of Jerusalem.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received this collection from Dr. Saliba Sarsar in July 1999.
Accession number: 1999.A.0218
Scope and Content
The John Stanley Grauel papers consist of correspondence, photographs, printed materials, and subject files documenting Grauel's experiences as a crew member on the Exodus 1947, his support for the creation of the State of Israel, and his lifelong career speaking about the Exodus and fighting anti-Semitism.
System of Arrangement
The John Stanley Grauel papers are arranged as four series: I. Correspondence, 1947-1984, II. Photographs, approximately 1947-1965, III. Printed materials, 1917-1986, IV. Subject files, 1947-1976
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Record type: Document
John Stanley Grauel