sort of related: (interesting documentary)
As a side note it is interesting that the Nazi's interest in north Africa had a lot to do with the gold france (from Rothschild banks) had been shipped south into N. Africa and so the Nazi's were not so interested in Palestine so much https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X45W1-XFn_gHaDira - The Flat (2011 film German) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z94u_5qLxXUFrom SS Official to Coke Executive - Leopold Von Mildenstein (on right)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2071620/reviewsThe Flat
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Arnon Goldfinger's most recent documentary The Flat (best documentary awards at the Jerusalem and Haifa film festivals) starts as a typical family story. A few weeks after the director's grandmother dies the family starts looking into the things accumulated in her Tel Aviv flat. The apartment is full of objects gathered through a full life, and as it gradually empties and light starts penetrating the shady corners, details from a hidden past start to emerge. As many other immigrants coming from Europe Gerda and Kurt Tuchler
had gathered not only things from a past time and an old country, but also photos and documents of a life that brought them from the Berlin between the two wars to Palestine which was to become the State of Israel.
Soon we learn that the Tuchlers seemed to be the kind of immigrants who kept not only memories and nostalgia, but a strong attraction and relationship with the old country. An intriguing story completely unknown to the third generation starts to uncover from the drawers and boxes left in the flat – photos, letters, newspapers from Nazi Germany and one of the strangest coins that ever existed, with a Magen David on one side and a swastika on the other. The Tuchlers were friends with a family of high Nazi dignitaries named von Mildenstein
, they traveled with them to Palestine after the Nazis came to power and before settling here definitively, and the trip was described in details by Leopold von Mildenstein
in the German press of the time under the title 'A Nazi travels to Palestine'. Despite the fact that the story was researched and mentioned in the German and Israeli press after the war, the family knows close to nothing about it.
The film describes the process of gradual discovery which is not void of surprises, as they soon learn that the Tuchlers and the Mildensteins continued their friendly relations after the war, despite the fact that von Mildenstein seemed to have been quite an important figure in the Nazi regime
, and related to the fate of the Jews (he was the one who recruited Eichman and preceded him in the position of responsible of the Jewish affairs). How much the Tuchlers knew about the activities of their German friend during the war and what these really were remains in part a mysteryhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_von_Mildenstein
Leopold Itz, Edler von Mildenstein (30 November 1902 – November 1968) was an SS officer of the 1930s and 1940s who is remembered as a leader of the Nazi Party's support during the 1930s for the aims of Zionism.
...Like the Haavara Agreement, Mildenstein's 1933 visit to Palestine and the medal to commemorate it were later sometimes used by anti-Israel authors to argue that there was a relationship between Nazism and Zionism
Goldfinger discovers that Mildenstein joined Goebbels Ministry of Propaganda in 1938. Mildenstein apparently worked as press officer for Coca Cola in West Germany until the public Eichmann hearings, in which Eichmann mentions him as "the specialist for the Jewish affairs