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

By Tuvia Friling

Arrows at the hours of darkness recounts and analyzes the various efforts of relief and rescue made by way of the Jewish neighborhood of Palestine—the Yishuv—to supply information to eu Jews dealing with annihilation by way of the Nazis. Tuvia Friling presents an in depth account of the actions conducted 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 e-book indicates the vast scope and complexity of Yishuv job at present, refuting the concept Ben-Gurion and the Yishuv overlooked the plight of ecu Jews through the Holocaust.

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Twice the Manchester Guardian and the Christian Science Monitor had sent him on tours of Syria following the revolt there in 1925, but he used his time to work for the Political Department as well. 46 Agronsky’s part in the top secret Brand affair was that of go-between for Ben-Gurion in Jerusalem and Sharett in London. At various times before and during the war, the Palestine Post also served as a cover for other go-betweens. Nahum Vilensky, one of the heads of the Yishuv’s intelligence services, worked in Egypt as a reporter for the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung and reported to the Jewish Agency on events there.

19 Based on the Czech affair and similar crises and the way in which they were “settled,” BenGurion developed an acute sense of approaching calamity; his comments reflect this. 20 In October 1938, one month after the Munich Pact, Ben-Gurion announced unequivocally that the Jewish nation was in danger of annihilation: 19 Confronting the Information No one knows exactly what the world can expect in the next few years—what changes are possible not only in international relations but in the internal government of nations.

The Committee of Four, the offices of the World Union of Zionist Socialists, and the Kibbutz Hameuhad collected information and published semimonthly bulletins that were sent to key people in Mapai, the Jewish Agency, members of the National Council, and others. Mapai leaders Berl Katzanelson, BenGurion, and Yitzhak Tabenkin headed the distribution list. 42 27 Confronting the Information GLEANING INFORMATION The Yishuv’s “intelligence system” just prior to the Second World War consisted of a number of institutions and offices that would in time become the State of Israel’s intelligence system.

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