Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Nazis in the Holy Land," by Heidemarie Wawrzyn

Wawrzyn, Heidemarie

Nazis in the Holy Land 1933-1948

Co-published by The Hebrew University Magnes Press and De Gruyter for the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism.
Young Germans marched through Haifa shouting "Heil Hitler!" and Swastika flags were hoisted at the German consulates in Mandatory Palestine. It was in November 1931 when a non-Jewish German made the initial contact with Nazi officials in Germany that led to the establishment of a miniature Third Reich with local NS groups, Hitler Youth program, and associations for women, teachers, and others in Palestine. Approximately 33% of all Palestine-Germans (Palästina-Deutsche) participated in the NS movement. Until today no extensive research written in English has been done on this bizarre "footnote" in history. 
While previous publications in German mainly concentrated on the members of the Temple Society, this work includes Protestant and Catholic Germans as well. It focuses on the relationship of Palästina-Deutsche with local Arabs and Jews. It covers the period of 1933 to 1948 as well as the years between the establishing of the State of Israel and the departure of the last group of Germans in 1950. At the end of the book, the reader will find a list with more than seven hundred names of those who joined the NS groups.


  1. Israel is a racist apartheid state.

  2. I find it interesting that you decided to attack Israel as a racist state in an old post about Nazis in Palestine during the period of the mandate, when Jews in fact were threatened by the Nazis. And if the German army had not been stopped at El Alamein, the Jews of Palestine faced annihilation at the hands of the Nazis. Are the Nazis, who wanted to murder all the Jews, the ones you wish to emulate by giving no legitimacy to the Jewish state?

  3. I just established that my parents must have known & been friendly with Waldemar Fast who is mentioned in the book on page 109/110. That was in Germany 1946-1947.It spooks me!