The cover of the book Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad's Fake Diving Resort by Raffi Berg

Irwin Shaw Event: Raffi Berg, Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort

Presented in Partnership with the 2020 Ann Arbor Jewish Book Festival


Raffi Berg discusses his book, Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort, with Mossad commander and subject of the book, Dani Limor, and biographer and historian, Dr. Helen Fry.

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In the early 1980s on a remote part of the Sudanese coast, a new luxury holiday resort opened for business. Catering to divers, it attracted guests from around the world. Little did the visitors know that the staff were undercover spies, working for the Mossad – the Israeli secret service. Providing a front for covert night-time activities, the resort allowed the agents to carry out the secret evacuation of Ethiopian Jews who had been languishing in refugee camps and spiriting them to Israel. This true story inspired the Netflix film The Red Sea Diving Resort.

Day Sponsor: Carol & Ronald Fogel
Co-sponsor: Lois & Avern Cohn
Supporter: Congregation Bnai’ Moshe Sisterhood

This event is presented in honor of the Founder of the Detroit Jewish Book Fair, Irwin Shaw (z”l). He founded many bedrock events and institutions of our community and, with this book, we honor his love for Israel.


A portrait of the author Raffi Berg

About the Author:
Raffi Berg is the Middle East Editor of the BBC News website. A journalist for nearly 30 years, he has a particular interest in events in Israel, from where he has reported extensively in times of war and peace. He graduated in Modern and Medieval History from the London School of Economics, and was a student of Jewish and Israel studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Raffi is based in London, where he lives with his family.

About the Guest:
Dani Limor served 25 years in the Mossad, with activities including leading the secret operation which evacuated Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel at the command of Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Before joining the Mossad, he was an officer in the Israeli paratroopers and has fought in four of Israel’s wars. He is a founder of the Nachshon School for Social Leadership and is currently mapping emerging Jewish communities around the world for the Ministry of the Diaspora. 

About the Moderator:
Dr. Helen Fry has written numerous books on the Second World War with particular reference to the 10,000 Germans and Austrians who fought for Britain. She consults for documentary companies and location filming of WWII scenes for several TV channels including BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She is also an ambassador for the Museum of Military Intelligence.



Dec 08 2020


2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

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  • Timezone: Asia/Shanghai
  • Date: Dec 09 2020
  • Time: 3:45 am - 4:45 am
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Irwin Shaw Event: Raffi Berg, Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort