In light of the Haj Amin Al Husseini kerfuffle, it’s interesting to look back at those times and understand who else was collaborating with Hitler. This may not be news to some, but it might surprise others to know that certain elements of the Jewish Zionist leadership were positively dealing with Hitler, or busy cutting deals with Hitler, or straight up collaborating (or trying to collaborate) with Hitler.
There was the visit by SS officer Leopold von Mildestein to Palestine hosted by the Zionist Federation that resulted in a tour of Palestine to showcase Zionist accomplishments. Von Mildestein was so happy with his visit that the German daily Der Angriff issued a special medal to commemorate the occasion in 1934: a Nazi swastika on one side and the Star of David on the other side. See here.
There was the famous transfer agreement (or Havaara) between the Nazis and the Zionists that allowed German Jews to emigrate to Palestine indirectly with their wealth by depositing the latter into a special account that would be used to buy German goods, which would then be exported to Palestine and sold there, with the sales money transferred back to the newly immigrated Jews in Palestine. Needless to say, world Jewry was totally opposed to this as it violated the world wide boycott of German goods asked for by them.
Another egregious example of collaboration was the surreal offer made by leaders of LEHI (the Stern gang or NMO) to the Nazis in 1941-42 to fight on their side of the war (keep in mind that future prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Shamir belonged to this organization):
“The NMO, which is well-acquainted with the goodwill of the German Reich government and its authorities towards Zionist activity inside Germany and towards Zionist emigration plans, is of the opinion that:
Common interests could exist between the establishment of a new order in Europe in conformity with the German concept, and the true national aspirations of the Jewish people as they are embodied by the NMO.
Cooperation between the new Germany and a renewed folkish-national Hebraium would be possible and,
The establishment of the historic Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis, bound by a treaty with the German Reich, would be in the interest of a maintained and strengthened future German position of power in the Near East.”
There are many other examples one can cite, but this is a representative sample of Zionist hypocrisy.