The Third Reich and the Palestine Question
By Francis R. Nicosia
University of Texas Press, 1986, 319 pp.
A careful study, based on extensive archival sources in Germany, Israel and elsewhere, of German policies toward Palestine. In the early years the Nazi regime encouraged Jewish emigration by favorable financial concessions arranged between Zionists and German government authorities. Nicosia emphasizes that until 1941 the Nazis wished to promote Jewish emigration, including the plan to settle large numbers in Madagascar, thus implying that many more Jews could have been saved at a time when the holocaust was hardly imaginable. The book also suggests that the Nazis were anxious not to violate British interests in the Middle East or to support Arab wishes for independence. A book that perhaps slights the various shifts, dualities and criminalities of the Nazi regime.