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to be forbidden to speak in public. It was formulated in the following manner: "It is true that he is a Zionist. It has, however, been established that he prefers the leftist movements of Judaism." (39a) This care to maintain Zionist feeling among the Jews xas [sic] also shown by certain details. For example, a note of April 4, 1936, from Heydrich to all of the Gestapos (CDXXXVII-3) announced that the use of Hebrew was forbidden in public assemblies, but that it was authorized in meetings the intention of which was the practice of that language to facilitate emigration to Palestine.

Given this tendency, it is evident that the work of Eichmann, responsible for Jewish affairs, was the most important in the anti-Jewish section of the SD. With this in mind, he made in company of Hagen a study trip to Palestine in 1937. He read Yiddish fluently, which allowed him to study the Zionist press. He thus learned that a para-military organization ("The Hagana") had been formed to prepare the creation of the Jewish state. It was consequently necessary to make contact with this organization to learn in what spirit and what manner the Jews were acting to obtain the majority in Palestine by intensifying immigration. Eichmann succeeded in establishing contact with one of the leaders of the "Hagana" who came to Berlin, entered into connivence [sic] with him and invited him to come visit the Jewish colonies in Palestine.

Hagen on June 17, 1937 (CDXXXVII-1), drew up a report signed by Six and intended for Heydrich. Let us note that at that time the II 112 still had Wisliceny for chief. But apparently the nonchalance of the person excluded him from dynamic actions. The report edited by Hagen stated that Eichmann was the obvious man to follow up the invitation, but that for greater security it was better that he be accompanied. Hagen commented:
"The Jewish work of colonization must be studied thoroughly. It is important to know these works in particular because after the proclamation of a Jewish state or a Palestine administered by the Jews, Germany would have a new adversary in foreign policy which could decisively influence the political line in the Near East. In addition to that, the establishment of a State will accentuate the question of a statute for the Jews, as a minority residing in Germany." (40)
This argumentation, common among the Nazi doctrinarians, opposed them to Zionism. But this was not the case for Hagen. In fact, in this same report he proposed to offer the following compensation to Polkes (representative of the Hagana):
"to put pressure on the committee representing Jews in Germany so that it would oblige Jewish emigrants to go to Palestine exclusively and to no other country. Such a measure is clearly in the German interest and has already been prepared by measures of the Gestapo. The plans of Polkes to obtain the Jewish majority in Palestine will thus at the same time be favourized." (41)
     
   

 
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