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April 18, 2014 / 18 Nisan, 5774
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Letter Offered Hitler Money to Let Jews Move to Gush Etzion

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A recently-discovered letter sent to Hitler in 1939 offered him 100,000 Palestine lira in exchange for allowing Jews to buy land in Gush Etzion and move to Israel.

The proposal, which was sent in a letter dated April 9, 1939, but was not carried out.

Researchers at the Kfar Etzion Museum found a copy of the letter that is in the Yad VaShem Holocaust memorial Center and previously had been published only in an academic journal.

A man by the name of “S. Glazer,” whose first name is not known, sent the letter to Hitler, acting as representative of the El HaHar organization that bought land from Arabs and encouraged Jews to live in the area.

Glazer suggested that he meet Hitler in Berlin in May, 1939.

“I ask your permission to allow selling land to German Jews and let them leave Germany … In exchange, I have been  requested and authorized by the company [El HaHar] to deposit in a German bank 100,000 Palestine lira for purchasing” land.

Many of the pioneers in Gush Etzion move from Germany before it was too late and helped settled Kfar Etzion and nearby areas before the Arab League overran the area in the War for Independence in 1948. The area was restored to Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967.

Soviet Tank Found Buried in Holon

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

A World War II-era Soviet tank was unearthed during the excavation of a site in Holon.

The rusting tank was found Monday buried underground in the large industrial area of the city, adjacent to Tel Aviv. Ironically, the excavation was taking place on Merkava Street. Merkava is the mane of Israel’s domestically produced tank.

It is believed that the T-34  tank, which was manufactured in 1939, was captured during one of Israel’s wars, probably the War for Independence in 1948. It is unknown if it was buried on purpose or if it was accidentally covered during drainage work.

Following the discovery of the tank, the area was closed off out of fear that explosives remained on or near the military vehicle. Israel Police posted photos of the tank on its Facebook page.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/soviet-tank-found-buried-in-holon/2013/07/03/

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