Response of the Jewish daily press in Palestine to the accession of Hitler, 1933

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The Jewish press in Palestine reacted to the rise of political antisemitism in Germany even before 1933. It followed the Nazi accession to power in 1933 with anxiety and succeeded in conveying this sense to the reader. However, most papers ("The Palestine Post" was the only exception) focused, in their coverage and analysis of events in Germany, on their impact on Zionism and Palestine and viewed the developments through the prism of Zionist or pan-Jewish interests. The anti-Nazi boycott and the Transfer Agreement with Germany were the two burning issues in the Jewish world in 1933. While Revisionist Zionists supported the boycott, the General Zionists and the Left opposed it as harmful for the interests of the Yishuv and European Jewry. Similarly, the press considered rescuing German Jews mainly in terms of their usefulness for the Yishuv. The publications also reflect the inability of the Yishuv to offer substantive aid to German Jews.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-407
Number of pages45
JournalYad Vashem Studies
StatePublished - 1999


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