Arrows in the Dark: David Ben-Gurion, the Yishuv Leadership, by Tuvia Friling

By Tuvia Friling

Arrows at nighttime recounts and analyzes the various efforts of reduction and rescue made via the Jewish neighborhood of Palestine—the Yishuv—to offer tips to ecu Jews dealing with annihilation by way of the Nazis. Tuvia Friling presents a close account of the actions conducted on the behest of David Ben-Gurion and the Yishuv management, from bold makes an attempt to extract Jews from Nazi-occupied territory, to proposals for direct negotiations with the Nazis. via its wealthy array of aspect and first documentation, this publication indicates the broad scope and complexity of Yishuv task at the moment, refuting the concept Ben-Gurion and the Yishuv missed the plight of eu Jews in the course of the Holocaust.

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23 The Sudetenland crisis and Britain’s slackness before the Munich convention made it possible for the Yishuv’s intelligence services to learn that German agents from the Moslem states had taken part in a conference in Nuremberg on 12 September 1938. The Jewish Agency’s Political Department had also accumulated information on the personal involvement in these preparations of Jerusalem’s mufti. Signs of ties between him and the German Nazi party and the Italian Fascist party were unequivocal. Reuven Zaslani (later Shiloah), one of the Yishuv’s intelligence heads, reported on the mufti’s fund-raising efforts in Germany, and other information pointed to extensive cooperation between the mufti and the Nazis in preparation for a time when war would break out in Europe and the Middle East.

Reuven Zaslani (later Shiloah), one of the Yishuv’s intelligence heads, reported on the mufti’s fund-raising efforts in Germany, and other information pointed to extensive cooperation between the mufti and the Nazis in preparation for a time when war would break out in Europe and the Middle East. In July 1938 a consignment of German weapons intended for the mufti’s men in Palestine was discovered and confiscated at Constanza in Romania. ” In time the ties between the mufti and his German benefactors deepened to such an extent that some of the ransom plans included a clear-cut condition: Jews would be released only if they were not brought to Palestine.

A review of the quantity and quality of information to reach Ben-Gurion reveals that most of the people who worked with him used a “to be on the safe side” method. In other words, if in doubt, they just passed along all information to Ben-Gurion’s office. The Yishuv’s “government” was beginning to solidify at about this time, although matters of hierarchy, task definition, and delegation of authority were still unclear between the Jewish Agency’s various departments and the different organizations and authorities within the Zionist movement and the Yishuv.

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