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Sunday, April 20, 2014
The Relationship Between Adolf Hitler and Zionism
original “Final Solution” to the so-called “Jewish Problem”
or “Jewish Question” was to evacuate all Jewish Germans to a
Jewish settlement which had been built in Madagascar. Alternatives to
Jewish settlement in the land of Palestine included, at different
times, a part of Kenya which was formerly Ugandan territory; as well as Argentina, Siberia, Japan, China, and the Sinai Peninsula.
Hitler and Eichmann favored the forcible deportation of four million
European Jews to Madagascar over the course of four years as
favorable over deportation to Poland. During World War II, the
logistics of the plan crumbled. Ostensibly, Jewish communities
arising in Madagascar were to be autonomous, but in truth, the S.S.
was to oversee their administration in order to ensure failure
resulting in mass death.
and his staff supported Zionism and Jewish emigration to Palestine as
early as the first year Hitler was in power, and as late as well into
World War II. The Nazis just wanted the Jews out, they didn't really
care where, or whether they survived. They were certainly willing to
negotiate with Zionists, as was Josef Stalin. However, Hitler only
favored Zionism insofar as its original intention, a Jewish homeland
in Palestine under British control. It wasn't until after Hitler's
death that the State of Israel's founding members won a vote on
whether to declare independence.
I think this shows that Hitler qualifies as a Zionist,
specifically (eventually, although not initially Palestinian) a
Christian Palestinian-Zionist. Also, there were people high up in the
Nazi power structure who were allegedly Jewish; for example, Adolf Hitler himself, and Alfred Rosenberg. Adolf Eichmann (due to his appearance) and Dietrich Eckhart, have also been suspected, at various times, of having Jewish heritage; but these claims are more dubious than those regarding Rosenberg and Hitler. Additionally, the Nazis maintained the Jewish Ghetto Police, a force of Jewish police officers whose job it was to make sure that ghetto-dwelling Jews followed the Nazis' orders.