Bergman, Elihu Eliyahu 'Eli'

Birth Name Bergman, Elihu Eliyahu 'Eli' [1a]
Call Name 'Eli'
Gender male
Age at Death 78 years, 3 months, 5 days


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth August 18, 1927 Seattle, Washington, United States of America  


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Elihu Bergman attended Horace Mann Elementary School.

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In 1944, Eliyahu Bergman graduated from Garfield High School.
He accelerated high school to provide for a year in college before he was draft-eligible.

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Elihu Bergman entered Reed College, in Portland.
The war ended at the end of his first year in college, and he was not drafted until after my second year.

Military Service   United States Army, Department of Defence DoD  

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In 1947, Eliyahu Bergman's Army service was cut short by the rapid reduction of the United States Army, and discharge of all draftees.

Military Service   מח"ל מתנדבי חוץ לארץ ‎Machal Volunteers from Abroad Elihu Bergman and boyhood friends, Sydney Abrams and Bailey Nieder, joined Aliyah Bet

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The Seattle Three, Elihu Bergman, Bailey Nieder and Syd Abrams, enlisted together in Aliyah Bet, and served on Paducah Geulah.

Boat   גאולה SS Paducah Geula Elihu Bergman served as Seaman

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Elihu Bergman signed on as a Able Seaman, with no previous naval experience.

Camp   Καράολος Gazimagusa Karakol Karaolos Internment Camps 55-62, Mağusa bölgesi, Κύπρος Kıbrıs The crew of SS Paducah Geulah גאולה were interned on Cyprus

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Elihu Bergman was interned in the British detention camp on Cyprus for 2 months, before he was released to rejoin the Haganah.

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Walter 'Heavy' Greaves was interned in the British detention camp on Cyprus, until a strip-search revealed the large American flag tattooed across his chest.
After his release, he made his way to France, where he spent the next year refurbishing other refugee ships, smuggling guns to Palestine,

Boat April 3, 1948 טירת צבי MV Rina Vivara Tirat Zvi  

Graduation 1950   Elihu Bergman earned his BA from Reed College

Graduation 1951 University of Chicago, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States of America Elihu Bergman earned his MA , in Political Science

Graduation 1970 University of North Carolina UNC, Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina, United States of America Elihu Bergmann earned a PhD

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Elihu Bergmann conducted research on the American role in clandestine immigration.

Occupation     Elihu Bergmann was an energy policy analyst

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Elihu Bergman worked for the United States Agency for International Development, for Robert Nathan Associates in Iran, for Vista in Alaska, and for the Ford Foundation in Mexico.

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Elihu Bergman served as Executive Director at Americans for Energy Independence.

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In 2002, Elihu Bergman served as President of American Veterans for Israel.

Death November 23, 2005   Elihu Bergman died at age 78 years, at the Kline Galland Home, from complications of a stroke

Burial November 27, 2005   Elihu Bergman was buried at Bikur Cholim Cemetery



Father Bergman, Fred
Mother , Minnie
  1. Bergman, Abraham 'Abe'


Source References

  1. Adversaries and facilitators: The unconventional diplomacy of illegal immigration to Palestine, 1945–48
    1. Page: 1-46, Volume 8, Issue 3


  1. Bergman, Fred
    1. , Minnie
      1. Bergman, Elihu Eliyahu 'Eli'
      2. Bergman, Abraham 'Abe'