According to the PhD thesis of Francis R. J. Nicosia, for the McGill University department of history, GERMANY AND THE PALESTINE QUESTION,
There is one final, interesting episode involving the Hagana and Germany
during the 1930's which emerges from the documents on the Polkes visit to
Berlin in the winter of 1937. During his conversations with Eichmann, Polkes
referred to Mauser pistols that Hagana had received from Germany earlier: [cites to footnote 2 of page 131]
Im Verlauf der weiteren Unterredung machte er die Bemerkung, daß die
von Deutschland bekommenen Mauser-pistolen anlaßlich der Unruhen in
Palastina ausserst wertvolle Dienste geleistet hatten.
Mr. E. Dekel, a former Hagana officer, reveals in his study of Hagana intelligence activities that between 1933 and 1935, some 300 barrels of cement
were shipped from a fictitious exporter in Belgium ta a fictitious importer
in Jaffa, in reality the Hagana. [cites to footnote 3 of page 131] According ta Dekel, about half of the barrels contained, in addition to the cement, 100 lb. containers filled with Mauser pistols and ammunition. Dekel does not indicate the exact source of
these arms, but it seems certain that they originated in Germany, as indicated
in the Polkes-Eichmann conversations in Berlin in early 1937. The source within
Germany remains a mystery. Although most of their records were destroyed
during the war, the Mauser-Jagdwaffen GmbH [name underline in original text] has informed this author that the firm did provide the Ministry of the interior with large quantities of model C96, which appeared in 1932.[cites to footnote 1 of page 132]. It is known from Dekel's study that Hagana agents were actively seeking arms and ammunition all over Europe during the-1930's,
and from the SS records on Polkes that Hagana agents were active in Germany
at that time.[cites to footnote 2 of page 132] While it cannot be determined at this point who exactly, provided the pistols ta the Hagana, it is certain that someone in Germany did, and that the police authorities were aware of it.
2 NA: T-175/R588. Bericht betr. Feivel Polkes, 000437-438, 7.V.37
3 E. Dekel. SHAI: THE EXPLOITS OF HAGANA INTELLIGENCE (N.Y.: Thomas
Yoseloff, 1959), 50-53.
1 Letter from the Mauser-Jagdwaffen GmbH [name underlined in original text] to, the author, 22nd December, 1975.
2 During his meeting with Polkes in Cairo in Detober, 1937, Eichmann revealed
that a Hagana weapons-smuggling ring had been uncovered in Hamburg, and that
a Hagana agent named Schalomi had been taken into custody. According to
Eichmann, Schalomi was held only in order to pressure Polkes into providing
information on the Gustoff assassination. See: IfZG: Eichmannprozeß-