The new Jewish Agency offices in Hamburg, Germany, are in a rather surprising location. The building chosen by the Agency was once rented by the company that marketed Zyklon B, the gas used to murder millions during the Holocaust.
A few months ago, Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and Aliyah Dept. Head Eli Cohen decided to seek new offices in Hamburg from where to manage the campaign to encourage aliyah among Jews in the area, provide information about Israel, and nurture ties between Israel and the Diaspora communities. At first, nobody could have imagined which location would be chosen, but in retrospect, the choice seems fitting.