Question: Before the Holocaust, there was a special discord among Jews of different countries. The revisionists did not get along with the Jewish Agency, neither did the German Jews with the Eastern European Jewry, nor the atheists with the Communists, etc.
Rabbi Meir Simcha Cohen of Dvinsk wrote:”They think that Berlin is Jerusalem…from there will come the storm winds that will uproot them.”
Answer: As a native of Poland, he traveled there from Israel and spoke to Polish Jews, trying to persuade them to leave the country. But when he realized that this was impossible, he returned. Poland, at that time was a Catholic, anti-Semitic country. Although Polish people understood Jews and had cohabitated for many centuries, it did not matter. In addition, the Polish Jews themselves were not ready to listen to Baal HaSulam.
Moreover, Baal HaSulam tried to bring the Jews out in the 1920s but they boycotted him, and he was forced to leave Poland.
Question: So back in the 1920s, he already knew that Holocaust was nearing?
Answer: Sure. In addition to him, there were several other major religious authorities who called for leaving Europe, but they did not listen to them. Usually a Jew would go to his synagogue and consult with his Rabbi who would calm him down.
For more on this topic, read my books Like a Bundle of Reeds: why unity and mutual guarantee are today’s call of the hour, and The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism, Historical facts on anti-Semitism as a reflection of Jewish social discord.
From KabTV’s “Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel” 8/12/19