With the rise of Adolf Hitler to power in the spring of 1933 the Jews of the world were faced with a dilemma. They could raise a cry of protest, a cry few would head, or they could make a deal with Hitler. A deal that would bring a step closer their dream of an independent Jewish state.
The conscious of Nazi Germany made itself felt 5 days later. Across the Reich Hitler’s troops shut down Jewish owned businesses for 24 hours. Within days American Jews marched calling for the boycott of all German exports. Jews throughout Europe echoed that call. So did Jews everywhere. But a group of Zionists, at the same time, was quietly negotiating an agreement with the Nazis. To allow the emigration of German Jews and the transfer of their assets to Palestine. That deal, reported in August 1933, was the Transfer Agreement. Palestine, partially settled by Jews at the time, was radically changed as a result.