False­hoods

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY PAUL BOGDANOR

DE­FEND­ING HIM­SELF dur­ing the Labour Party in­quiry into his past state­ments about an­ti­semitism, Ken Liv­ing­stone un­leashed a se­ries of un­founded charges of “col­lab­o­ra­tion” be­tween Jews and Nazis.

Ac­cord­ing to him, not only was there a deal with the Third Re­ich (the Trans­fer Agree­ment or Ha’avara), but the SS also es­tab­lished train­ing camps for Ger­man Jews; Hitler passed a law per­mit­ting the fly­ing of the Zion­ist flag; and the Nazis sup­plied weapons (Mauser pis­tols) to the Jewish un­der­ground.

All these claims are dis­tor­tions or in­ven­tions.

The Trans­fer Agree­ment, for ex­am­ple, al­lowed the sal­vaging of some Ger­man-Jewish as­sets from con­fis­ca­tion by Hitler’s regime while fa­cil­i­tat­ing the res­cue of many thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als. In his writ­ten sub­mis­sion to the Labour in­quiry, Mr Liv­ing­stone cited two sources on the agree­ment: one pa­per by Yfaat Weiss and an­other by Francis Ni­cosia, who is also the author of two books ex­am­in­ing the is­sue.

Nei­ther the pa­pers nor Ni­cosia’s

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