የታሪክ ምሑራን አንድ በሉን - ኢየሩሳሌም ፖስት የተሰኘው ዕድሜ ጠገብ የእስራኤል ጋዜጣ በዘመነ ሂትለር አይሁዶች በአውሮፓ እንዳይጨፈጨፉ በኢትዮጵያ የሚኖሩ አይሁዶች በጠየቁት መሰረት ነበር የግሪክ ተወላጆች ወደ ኢትዮጵያ እንዲመጡ የተደረገው (ቀዳማዊ አፄ ኃይለስላሴ በውጭ ጉዳይ ፖሊሲ አጥንተው የወሰኑት ጉዳይ) ፈላሻዎች በጠየቁት መሰረት እንደሆነ የሚያትት ፅሁፍ በእዚህ ሳምንት ወጥቷል።ይህ ጉዳይ ተዛብቶ የቀረበ ይመስለኛል። ቀዳማዊ አፄ ኃይለስላሴ እና መንግስታቸው በውጭ ፖሊሲው አውጥቶ አውርዶ የወሰነውን አይሁዶች ንጉሡን ጠየቁ የሚለው ጉዳይ ትክክል ነው?
SETH J. FRANTZMAN
The Jerusalem post
JANUARY 27, 2019
Ethiopian Jews suffered under the Italian occupation but by 1943 they were able to reach out to the emperor to suggest hosting Jews fleeing Europe.
Three months after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and two months after all four of the Auschwitz crematoria were functioning, the Palestine Post, ancestor of today’s Jerusalem Post, published an article detailing Jewish immigration to Ethiopia. “Possibilities of Jewish immigration into Abyssinia were discussed by the Ethiopian Minister in London with Mr. Harry Goodman and Dr. Springer of Agudath Israel,” the August 8, 1943 article says. “A leading member of the Falasha (black Jewish) community expressed the desire to assist European Jewry and to welcome them in Falasha towns.” Falasha was the term used to describe Jews in Ethiopia at the time.
Ethiopian Jews suffered under the Italian occupation but by 1943 they were able to reach out to the emperor to suggest hosting Jews fleeing Europe. By that time it was too late for many of the Jews of Europe ensnared in the Nazi noose. The full story of the 1943 effort to convince Ethiopia to re-settle Jews fleeing Europe has not been researched and details about it remain unknown. For instance Harry Goodman, who is mentioned in the article, was a well known member of the Orthodox Agudath Israel World Organization. He published articles in the Jewish Weekly and broadcast messages to Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe.
There is an M.R Springer mentioned in some records connected to the Czech Jewish community in the UK at the time. Italian dictator Benito Mussolini even briefly considered resettling Jews in Ethiopia in the 1930s during the Italian occupation. At the time there were estimated to be more than 50,000 Jews in Ethiopia, many of them living in villages near Gondar.
Source; - The Jerusalem Post