“Short, crisp, and carefully documented. Mr Brenner is able to cite numerous cases where Zionists collaborated with anti-Semitic regimes, including Hitler’s.”
– Edward Mortimer, The Times (London)
Zionism In the Age of the Dictators, by Lenni Brenner
In 1933 the German Zionist Federation sought Hitler’s patronage: “Zionism hopes to be able to win the collaboration even of a government fundamentally hostile to Jews. . . . Boycott propaganda . . . currently being carried on against Germany . . . is in essence un-Zionist.” Zionism became the only other legal political movement in the Nazi Reich. That same year, the World Zionist Organization (WZO) made the Ha’avara (Transfer) Agreement, undermining the boycott against Nazi Germany. German Jewish emigrants to Palestine had to buy Nazi goods that the WZO sold in the Middle East.
In 1937 the Haganah (later the Israeli army) sent an agent to Berlin. They would provide spy intelligence if the Nazis further eased the monetary regulations for emigrants to Palestine. The Zionist-Revisionist movement (today the ruling Likud Party) set up a detachment at Mussolini’s naval academy. He personally reviewed them in 1936. They wanted him to replace Britain as Zionism’s patron.
In 1941, the Fighters for the Freedom of Israel (later Likudniks) told the Nazis that they wanted a “Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis, bound by a treaty with the German Reich,” and offered “to actively take part in the war on Germany’s side.”
Lenni Brenner is a Jewish-American historian and a Palestine solidarity activist who has been involved in anti-war and anti-racist activism since the early 1950s. He is the author of four books and over one hundred articles, for many publications, including New York’s Amsterdam News, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, The Nation, and The Journal of Palestine Studies. Originally published in 1983, his famous book, Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, documents collusion between the Zionist movement and Fascism in WWII-era Europe and clarifies that Zionist colonialism has no legitimate historical claim to anti-racism or anti-fascism. The 2014 edition features a new afterword by the author.
More praise for Lenni Brenner...
“Brenner reviews the efforts of the Jewish establishment of the war years to play down, even to conceal, reports of the camps in Europe for fear of inciting anti-semitism at home.”
– David Lan, London Review of Books
“Brenner thoroughly documents collusion between the established Zionist organizations and fascists of all stripes . . . . The ‘scientific’ racism of the 19th century with its ‘white man’s burden’ and Jew-hating, the ‘master race’ anti-communism of the fascists, the Biblical mythologization of a people chosen to colonize—all of this has been cut from the same cloth, the products of imperialism.”
– Hilton Obenzinger, Journal of Palestine Studies.
“Lenni Brenner cannot be accused of mixing themes or mincing words. A self-styled Trotskyist at odds with practically everything and everybody, his style is as racy as it is pithy and iconoclastic.”
– Nissim Rejwan, Jerusalem Post.
A note about the cover image:
When Hitler came to power, the German Zionist Federation (ZVfD) believed that its doctrine—that Germany wasn’t the homeland of its Jews—would lead to Nazi support for Zionism. The ZVfD organized a six-month visit to Palestine for SS officer Leopold von Mildenstein. Der Angriff (The Assault), the leading Nazi propaganda organ, ran von Mildenstein’s pro-Zionist report in 1934. To commemorate the Baron’s expedition, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels had a medal struck: on one side the the Zionist star, on the other the Nazi swastika. Front of medal inscription translation: “EIN NAZI FÄHRT NACH PALÄSTINA” (“A Nazi Travels to Palestine”). Back of medal inscription translation: “UND ERZÄHLT DAVON IM Angriff” (“And tells about it in Angriff“).