Nazis Planned Holocaust for Palestine

(1942)


A new study by historians Klaus-Michael Mallman and Martin Cueppers says that an Einsatzgruppe was created in 1942 to kill Jews in Palestine. “Einsatzgruppe Egypt” was standing by in Athens, and was prepared to go with General Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Corps to Palestine to kill the roughly half a million Jews that had fled Europe. The mobile killing unit was to be led by SS Obersturmbannfuehrer Walther Rauff.

The plan was for the 24 members of the death squad to enlist Palestinian collaborators so that the “mass murder would continue under German leadership without interruption.”

The group never left Greece, however, because Rommel’s force was routed at El Alamein by the British force of General Bernard Montgomery; otherwise the history of the Middle East might have been different.


Source: Thomas Krumenacker, “Nazis Planned Holocaust for Palestine : historians,” Reuters, (April 7, 2006)