10 Things You Didn’t Know About Judaism in Africa

Written by Keren Mikva

The Nazis’ had a ‘Madagascar Plan’ to deal with Jews

The plan was proposed in 1940, shortly before France was defeated. It called for France to cede its colony in Madagascar so it could be used by Germany as a deportation ground for Polish Jews. The plan was abandoned after a task force determined that a maximum of 5,000 families could be accommodated in Madagascar. The island was thought by the Nazis to have minimal capacity to support life.