Thursday, May 10, 2012


In spite of the basic hostilities between the Hitler regime and international Jewry, for several years Jewish Zionist and German National Socialists interests coincided. In collaboration with the Zionists for a mutually and human solution to a complex problem, The Third Reich was willing to make foreign exchange sacrifices, impair relations with Britain and anger the Arabs. Indeed, during the 1930's, no nation did more to substantiate further Jewish-Zionist goals than Hitler Germany.

Under the "Haavara" (Hebrew for Transfer) Agreement, money was transferred from Nazi Germany to Palestine for the Zionist project. This had a major impact on Palestine. The influx of Haavara goods and capital produced an economic explosion in Jewish Palestine and was an indispensable factor in the creation of the State of Israel.

In early January 1941 a small but important organisation submitted a formal proposal to German diplomats for a military-political alliance with wartime Germany. The offer was made by the radical underground"Fighters for the Freedom of Palestine", better known as the Lehi or Stern Gang. Its leader, Avraham Stern, had recently broken with the radical nationalist "National Military Organisation" (Irgun Zvai Leum) over the groups attitude towards Britain, which had effectively banned further Jewish settlement of Palestine. Stern regarded Britain as the main enemy.

An important Lehi member at the time the group made the offer was Yitzak Shamir, who later served as Israel's foreign Minister and then during much of the 1980's and until 1982, as Prime Minister. As Lehi operations chief following Stern's death in 1942, Shamir organized acts of terror, including the November assassination of British Middle East Minister Lord Moyne and the September 1948 slaying of the Swedish UN mediator Count Bernadotte. Years later, when Shamir was asked about the 1941 offer, he confirmed that he was aware of his organization's proposed alliance with war time Germany.

(Terrorist splinter groups such as the Stern Gang and Irgun in 1948 amalgamated with The Haganah to form the Israeli Defence Force IDF.)

See also Post 99) and Google: Zionism and the Third Reich, Institute for Historical Reviews. Also: Klaus Polken: "The Secret Contacts" Zionism and Nazi Germany 1933-194