In 1929, the Jewish Agency for Palestine was officially created by the 16th Zionist Congress, held in Zurich, Switzerland. The agency included a number of Jewish non-Zionist individuals and organisations, who were interested in Jewish settlement in Palestine. They were philanthropic rather than political and many opposed talk of a Jewish State.

The document as show is a significant one as it reflects the work of the Jewish Agency for Palestine in Berlin during the Nazi regime and the Holocaust. The house in Berlin where the office was located was purchased in 1925 by the “Jewish Review”. She was the central organ of the Zionist Federation of Germany and until their ban in 1938 the most important communication organ of the Jews living in Germany. The office of the Jewish Agency for Palestine in Berlin was closed in 1941 but was able till then to support immigration for around 50.000 people to Palestine. Which means saving Jewish lifes on the certain death due to the Holocaust.

The document confirms to Mr. Gustav Liebling, German Jew, that a travel credit letter which allows him to immigrate to Palestine until January 1937 was granted. The letter itself was issued on December 1936. Since April 1933 just a few month after the Nazis came into power several “Jewish” restrictions were already in force. Mr. Liebling I guess has foreseen that the life for Jews in Germany will become impossible and took early actions for a emigration.

Just a few month later from July 1937 the Nazis issued only under very tight circumstances passports for Jews. From October 1938 passports of Jews were marked with the infamous big red “J” and after beginning of WWII it was almost impossible for Jews to leave Nazi-Germany.

As said earlier the documents of the Jewish Agency For Palestine In Berlin are most rare to find and I am glad to share this important document with you.

Palestine office 1936-r88

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