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In an old thread, Michael Mills said this:
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As I have pointed out a number of times already, an attempt was made to get the Soviet Union to accept the Jews of German-occupied Poland under the population transfer agreement that was part of the Borders and Friendship Treaty of 28 September 1939.
The Soviet Government refused on the grounds that the transfer agreement only applied to Russians, Belorussians and Ukrainians living in German-occupied Poland, not to Jews.
The transfer of two million Jews from Germany, Austria, Czechia and German-occupied Poland to other neutral countries was not feasible due to the reluctance of those countries to accept them.
After the conquest of France, any movement of Jews out of the German-controlled area was dependent on the acquiescence of Britain, which controlled the seas around Europe. Internal British Government documents indicate conclusively that it was opposed to any German attempt to "extrude" the Jews under its control across the lines into Allied-controlled territory.
Does anyone here know anything about this alleged Nazi German offer?
Also, as a side note, the last paragraph in the post above is also very interesting. I mean, one would think that Britain would have realized the value of Jews as soldiers in its military (and perhaps laborers in its factories as well) and thus been receptive to any Nazi proposals to ship Jews into British-controlled territories. Does anyone here know anything about the information in the last paragraph above as well?
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The Nazis never attempted to dump "their" Jews over frontlines or to other countries.
A Jewish citizen of an allied country (for example Poland) who was able to reach the Allies was welcome, a Jewish citizen of a hostile country (for example Romania) was interned in Cyprus (sometimes in Mauritius.)
The Borders and Friendship Treaty of 28 September 1939 wasn't about Jews, the Germans wanted their Germans, the Soviets wanted "their" (i.e. born in their occupation zone) Belarusians and Ukrainians.
The Government of the U.S.S.R. shall place no obstacles in the way of Reich nationals and other persons of German descent residing in the territories under its jurisdiction, if they desire to migrate to Germany or to the territories under German jurisdiction. It agrees that such removals shall be carried out by agents of the Government of the Reich in cooperation with the competent local authorities and that the property rights of the emigrants shall be protected.
A corresponding obligation is assumed by the Government of the German Reich in respect to the persons of Ukrainian or White Russian descent residing in the territories under its jurisdiction.
If today Turkey offered the US a million Kurds the US (and any other country) wouldn't want them for obvious reason. For the same reasons, Britain and the USSR didn't want millions of foreigners then.