Nazis and the Zionists
Re "L.A. library
reveals it has Nazi laws' first
manuscript," June 26:
reprinted from the Los Angeles
Times, mistakenly implies that the
document that ordered the Holocaust,
signed by Adolph Hitler, has been
The original Times article included
excerpts from the Nuremberg laws,
including Section 4:
- (1) Jews are forbidden to raise the
Reich and National Flag and they cannot
show the National colors.
- (2) However they are allowed to
display the Jewish colors. The exercise
of this disposition is under the
"Jewish colors" refers to the Zionist
flag, which is now the flag of Israel. The
statutory right of German Jews to fly
their own national flag was protected even
before they had a country.
The Bee version of the article
said "[Skirball Cultural Center
President ] Herscher lost 18 members
of his family in the war."
But the original [Los Angeles]
Times article noted that "his
parents emigrated from Germany to
Palestine in 1935, just after the
Nuremberg laws were enacted."
British-controlled Palestine had strict
quotas for Jewish immigrants. The Nazis
supported the Zionists and helped Jews
enter illegally, devising an elaborate
scheme to transfer money and even setting
up farms in Germany to train the
halutzim (pioneers) who immigrated
to Palestine. The last Jews to enter
Palestine with the help of the Nazis were
1,000 Hungarian Jews in 1944.