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