Arrows in the Dark: David Ben-Gurion, the Yishuv Leadership, by Tuvia Friling

By Tuvia Friling

Arrows at midnight recounts and analyzes the various efforts of reduction and rescue made via the Jewish group of Palestine—the Yishuv—to supply suggestions to ecu Jews dealing with annihilation by way of the Nazis. Tuvia Friling offers a close account of the actions performed on the behest of David Ben-Gurion and the Yishuv management, from bold makes an attempt to extract Jews from Nazi-occupied territory, to proposals for direct negotiations with the Nazis. via its wealthy array of element and first documentation, this booklet indicates the huge scope and complexity of Yishuv job at present, refuting the concept that Ben-Gurion and the Yishuv neglected the plight of ecu Jews throughout the Holocaust.

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But I suspect that this German pogrom is but the beginning. It started in Germany. Who knows what will happen tomorrow in Czechoslovakia, . . in Poland, in Romania, and other countries? Until now even Satan did not dare to carry out such a plan. Now everything is permissible. Our blood, our honor, our property. . 26 speeches and actions during this period, which are an essential background to the debate. BenGurion built a layer-upon-layer explanation for the connection between the political and military events in Europe and the Middle East, on the one hand, and the growth of anti-Semitism in the world, on the other.

If he felt an issue to be of importance, he would make inquiries and demand answers, as was the case with the present issue. 29 Confronting the Information In terms of Ben-Gurion’s personal connections, Zaslany, Epstein, Kollek, and Avriel have already been mentioned. They were joined by Shaul Meirov (Avigur) and Eliyahu Golomb, among others. A portion of the information they supplied came through the Histadrut and the Agricultural Workers’ Federation, some of whose members were involved in various undercover activities.

Germany and Italy gradually deepened their involvement in the region. By 1936 rumors were rife that Germany and Italy were already making attempts to entrench themselves in the Middle East and that the Axis forces had fired up the rebellion and helped finance it. After May 1938 there was a steady stream of information confirming this. The Jewish Agency’s Political Department and the intelligence services of the Haganah and the IZL (the Jewish nationalist military organization in Palestine) were accumulating detailed information on the activities of Nazi and Italian undercover agents in Palestine and their support of the Arab rebellion.

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