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  •  whew...they did save people, though (5+ / 0-)
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    In chapter 3, "Nazi Confusion, Zionist Illusion," Nicosia traces the pragmatic cooperation between Zionists and the Nazi government leading to the Haavara Transfer Agreement of September 1933, which made it possible for German Jews to emigrate to Palestine without leaving all their assets behind, while boosting the German economy by promoting exports to Palestine.

    Approximately fifty-three thousand German Jews were able to use the Haavara system to migrate to Palestine before the termination of this program in December 1939 as a result of the disruption of all commercial and diplomatic relations with Britain after the start of the war.

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    by cfk on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 02:55:37 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, it benefited both parties (6+ / 0-)
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      German citizens wishing to emigrate would pay the German Government a huge fee, and then were allowed to convert what was left into German made industrial and agricultural equipment, which they were allowed to export to Palestine, and sell.  Hitler needed demand for German industry, the jews needed to get out.  

      Those who hear not the music-think the dancers mad

      by Eiron on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 03:24:59 AM PDT

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      •  Edwin Black's book on the Transfer Agreement, (5+ / 0-)
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        The Transfer Agreement, is highly informative.  Since Black is a Zionist who argues that making deals with the Nazis was worth it if it resulted in the creation of a Jewish state, the bad light in which his book puts the Zionist leaders is likely to be accurate.  If Black is to be believed, the Transfer Agreement helped Hitler to consolidate power.  Germany's economic situation was so shaky for the first year or two of his rule that a worldwide Jewish boycott would probably have led to his overthrow.  As it was, the Transfer Agreement basically ended the incipient boycott.

        The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

        by lysias on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 07:23:48 AM PDT

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    •  They saved several tens of thousands, maybe, but (3+ / 0-)
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      helped strengthen the Nazis when they were at their shakiest, and thus helped enable the Shoah.

      "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you can succeed." -Nancy Pelosi, 6/29/07.

      by nailbender on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 09:05:45 AM PDT

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