Gutmann Gutman, David 'Dave' Irving

Birth Name Gutmann Gutman, David 'Dave' Irving

    Guttmann גוטמן is a Jewish-German family name, which means Good Man איש טוב.

Call Name 'Dave'
Gender male


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth   New York, New York, United States of America  

Boat 1947 בן הכט SS Abril INS Maoz (K-24) Argosy USS Cytherea Citra SS Ben Hecht David Irving Gutmann, age 21 years, served as served as Engine Room Oiler 3 on the first mission, from ort-du-Bouc to Palestine

Event Note

Page 176 shows David Gutmann's name as David Leo Gutman.

Camp   כלא עכו Akko Prison, עכו, הצפון, ישראל David Gutmann interned by the British

Event Note

Despite the Palestine Blockade, the British wouldn’t fire on civilian vessels, though occasionally they’d ram one.
David Irving Gutmann cites “Once the Royal Marines got aboard, some of them could be pretty rough, We were always caught by the British. What can you do against radars, long-range spotting planes and fast destroyers? It was civil disobedience.”
When the British captured Ben Hecht Abril, David Gutmann and his fellow crew members declared themselves American seamen, and were interned into Akko Prison כלא עכו. When the news spread around the world that American sailors were rescuing European Jews, the British, not wanting the negative publicity, quickly repatriated the Yanks. David Irving Gutmann cites: “They made us sign statements that we’d never do this again, On the basis of that, I immediately broke my parole.”

Boat   גאולה SS Paducah Geula David Irving Gutmann served as Messman and Second/Third Engineer

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Military Service     During World War II, David Irving Gutmann served as a merchant seaman

Event Note

David Gutmann travelled throughout Europe and the Middle East as a merchant seaman,
After the war, David Gutmann cites: he wasn’t ready to attend college. He “was kicking around, looking for the next thing to do,” when he got word in a union hall that the Haganah, was looking for sailors to smuggle Holocaust survivors out of war-torn Europe and into British-controlled Palestine.
David Gutmann didn’t have much knowledge of Zionist politics, although he came from a strong Zionist background.
In 1905, his grandfather, as part of the Second Aliyah, emigrated to Palestine between 1904 and 1914.



Date Street City County State/ Province Country Postal Code Phone Sources
  Sedgwick Avenue Bronx,Bronx County   New York United States of America      
    Wallingford, Rutland County   Vermont United States of America      


Source References

  1. The Jews' Secret Fleet: The Untold Story of North American Volunteers Who Smashed the British Blockade
    1. Page: 176
  2. Running the Palestine Blockade: The Last Voyage of the Paducah


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