Zionism in the Nazi regime (Introduction)

One of the basic issues to concern us is the nature of the relationship that the German Zionist movement established with the Nazi regime mostly during the 1930s. Immediately, one detects an emerging cooperative nature in this relationship that included various meetings and agreements. The best known and typical example of this cooperation is the notorious Transfer Agreement.

The content of the agreement will be a major focus of this paper. In order to better understand the reasons for the collaboration with the persecutors of the Jews, it is necessary to have a short overview of the history of the Zionist movement, and the way its basic ideology was shaped by the rise of the Nazi regime. Such examination will help us understand that several factors aided the cooperative nature between the Zionist movement with the Nazi regime.

These factors were linked both with the historical past of the movement and the circumstances which appeared after the rise of the Nazis and had ideological and political dimensions. Exploration of these ideological and political elements in the activity of the Zionist movement further underline their influence in the deployment of its activity in the Nazi regime.

About the Author
Ariel Lekaditis was born in Athens. He has graduated from University of Haifa on Holocaust Studies and he is volunteer on Yad Vashem. He focuses on antisemitism topics particularly in Greece.He is online activist against antisemitism and antizionism.
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