Cased Nazi Goes To Palestine Medal


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Cased 1934 EIN NAZI FÄHRT NACH PALÄSTINA (A Nazi Travels to Palestine) UND ERZÄHLT DAVON IM Angriff (And tells about it in Angriff) Medal by Lauer of Nuremberg. In the spring of 1933 SS member Baron Leopold Von Mildenstein, (he would a few years later become head of the Jewish section of the SD) together with his wife and Kurt Tuchler, also with his wife, of The Zionist Federation of Germany, spent six months travelling Palestine. The Zionists proposed that the status of German Jews be regulated on a group basis, and asked for government help towards emigration. Von Mildenstein was approached to write something favorable about Zionism and its project in Palestine, and agreed on the condition that he could make a visit and he did accompanied by Tuchler. He was favorably impressed, and saw advantages for Germany, as well as for the SS as proposers of a policy. A series of articles entitled “Ein Nazi faehrt nach Palestina” began in September 1934 in Der Angriff , Goebbels’ newspaper. It ran for twelve parts. Von Mildenstein saw in the Jewish settlement on the land a form of rebirth fitting Nazi notions about blood and soil, as well as a way of ridding Germany of Jews. But life was difficult in Palestine, and problems were looming, in Palestinian Arab resistance to Zionist colonization and British rule. The newspaper Der Angriff had this medal struck to commemorate his voyage to Palestine and to promote the series of articles. This is a rare original and I have recently seen reproductions with incorrect details appearing on internet auctions but they have lettering and details that are wrong. It is interesting to note that Von Mildenstein brought Eichmann into the Jewish Department. (os)

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