The Soul Market Stall
The new world which will be built by the generation of the Great Führer is a world which has to lay down the lasting foundation for the future civilization.
General Ion Antonescu April 26, 1941
The Romanian leaders now realized that they needed the Jews, and they needed them alive. Clearly, the Jews in the Old Kingdom of Southern Transylvania and Banat still constituted a potential for bringing in money from abroad.
Radu Lecca informed von Killinger that Marshal Antonescu intended to allow 75,000 to 80,000 Jews to emigrate to Palestine. For each of them the government would receive 200,000 lei. In his report to the German Foreign Ministry, Ambassador von Killinger emphasized that Antonescu expected to make over 16 billion lei from this deal. In the process he would get rid of a large number of Jews--after he received the money from abroad.
Berlin greeted this information with suspicion, and some of the senior officers showed open disbelief. While the information did not have a solid foundation in Berlin's eyes, it asked von Killinger to make sure no emigration took place. The Jews who would emigrate would be going into enemy territory carrying all kinds of unpleasant potential for Ger-