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When the Zionists Brought SS Men to Haifa

By Stanley Heller

Israel has announced that Günter Grass, Germany’s most acclaimed author, won't be let into the country if he ever tries to visit. It has banned other celebrities in the past, including Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein and Ivan Prado, Spain's most famous clown. In 2010 they expelled Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire. And they've barred hundreds of lesser known human rights activists. Israel's Interior Minister said that Grass was barred under a law banning entry to ex-Nazis. Grass was drafted into the Waffen SS at age 17 and put into a tank crew during the last months of the war. He subsequently earned the Nobel Prize in Literature for The Tin Drum and other impassioned anti-Nazi novels

Of course the real reason Grass was banned was because of his April 4 poem "What Must Be Said" wherein he denounced today’s Germany for selling submarines to Israel and worried that Jerusalem would use them for an atomic attack against Iran. He hoped that many will demand "that the governments of both Iran and Israel allow an international authority free and open inspection of the nuclear potential and capability of both."

The Zionists went ballistic about the poem and shrieked about Grass' teenage months in the SS. It's sheer hypocrisy. Their own relations with the German Nazis in the 1930's were scandalous. Twice they actually brought SS men to Haifa.

One was named Baron von Mildenstein who came in 1934. Two others came in 1937. One of them later became infamous for his organizational role in the Holocaust. His name was Adolph Eichmann.

A little background is in order. As Hitler's Nazis grew in power the Left fought them in the streets. The Zionists did not. Once Hitler took power in 1933, the Zionists tried to work out an accommodation with him! There was a mad logic to it. He wanted Jews to get out of Germany, the Zionists wanted them to settle in their colony in then British-ruled Palestine.

The Left everywhere organized boycotts of Nazi products, but in 1933 the World Zionist Organization made a Haavara (Transfer) Agreement with Nazi Germany. With it Jews could send their wealth to Palestine in the form of goods. Berlin put a flight tax on capital leaving Germany but the rate on goods to Palestine was lower than to anywhere else. This helped Zionism in Palestine but, as an editor of the American Yiddish daily "The Forward" wrote at the time, "Palestine thus becomes the official scab-agent against the boycott in the Near-East." In 1934 , the German Zionist Federation Executive urged Baron Leopold von Mildenstein of the SS to write a pro-Zionist piece for the Nazi press. He was eager to do so, but only after visiting Palestine. He went there for six months as the WZO’s guest.

On his return to Berlin, Von Mildenstein wrote "A Nazi Voyages to Palestine,” a collection of twelve articles in "Der Angriff,” a leading Nazi organ. To commemorate the expedition, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels had a medal created in honor of Von Mildenstein with a swastika on one side and a star of David on the other. You can see this revolting medallion by clicking here. and scrolling down his page. As the years passed anti-Jewish measures multiplied, but the Zionists didn't sour on their Nazi connection. On February 26, 1937, Feivel Polkes, an agent of the Haganah, the military arm of the WZO’s Palestine executive committee, went to Berlin and met Adolf Eichmann. A report of their conversation was found in SS files after the war. Eichmann wanted information about Jewish plots against Nazis (a Swiss Nazi had been assassinated in 1936). Polkes offered to help Germany find Middle Eastern oil in return for a lesser tax on transfers for emigrants to Palestine. On October 2, 1937, two ‘journalists,’ Eichmann and his superior, arrived in Haifa and Polkes took them on a trip to a kibbutz. Two days later the British expelled the SS men. Polkes followed them to Cairo and gave the Nazis information on underground Communist radio broadcasts to Germany and Arab leaders’ ties to Communism. Günter Grass is excoriated by Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s government because Grass was in the SS at age 17. But compare this to what Polkes and other very adult Zionists were doing in the 1930's.

Take for instance the Prime Minister's own father, Benzion Netanyahu, who is still alive at the age of 102. The elder Netanyahu was secretary to Ze'ev Jabotinsky, leader of the Revisionist Zionist movement. Jabotinsky had the bright idea of working with Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Some of Jabotinsky’s young followers trained at Mussolini's Naval School in Civitavecchia and dozens of them joined the Fascist Party’s student movement. At the same time Mussolini was using chemical weapons against Ethiopia, Jabotinsky was on a tour of the U.S. explaining how Italian Fascism was very different from Hitlerism. So when Israel opens German closets to find skeletons, let Bibi Netanyahu open his daddy's closet. He should ask papa why when most Jews and Leftists were fighting fascism, daddy Netanyahu was the top assistant to a man who collaborated at a high level with the Italian Blackshirts. Postscript: And if you think Zionists learned anything from their perfidy look up their record in Argentina in the 1970's. They happily sold weapons to the Argentine military dictatorship while its Jewish prisoners were made to kneel in front of pictures of Adolph Hitler.

(Note: The facts about Zionism’s links to Hitler and Mussolini can be found in "51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis,” edited by Lenni Brenner. To get a copy of the book, contact him at BrennerL21@aol.com. An earlier book about the period by Brenner, Zionism in the Age of the Dictators is online. Click here.)

Many of the facts (but with a very different interpretation) about Nazi-Zionist dealings and in particular the Haavara were also written about by a very Zionist writer, Edwin Black. See his article in the Jewish Virtual Library

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