Tens of thousands of Muslims fought for the Nazis - How Nazis courted the Islamic world
Tens of thousands of Muslims fought for the Nazis during the Second World War. Historian David Motadel explains whether pragmatism or anti-Semitism drove Adolf Hitler`s overtures and why some Muslim leaders backed him.
Eichman`s trip to the Middle East in 1937 and Nazi plans to occupy Palestine
It was at the end of September 1937 that Adolf Eichmann and Herbert Hagen, two Nazi SS-officers from Berlin, boarded a Rumanian steamship in the Rumanian port of Constanza. It was the beginning of a remarkable trip to the Middle East. On November 4, 1939, SS-Hauptscharfuehrer Eichmann and his boss SS-Oberscharfuehrer Hagen reported to their superiors in Berlin. Their 60-page report is very interesting, as it shows that both SS-officers supported the Palestinian Arab cause.
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MI5 files: Jewish Zionists who killed a British minister during WWII also plotted to kill PM Winston Churchill
A Jewish extremist who murdered a British government minister during the Second World War also suggested assassinating Winston Churchill, MI5 records reveal. Eliyahu Bet-Zuri - a member of a Jewish underground militant group that wanted to end the British Mandate in Palestine and establish the State of Israel - suggested sending agents of the Stern Gang, a Zionist paramilitary group, to London to kill the British prime minister. MI5 was also deeply concerned that Jewish terrorists might try to assassinate other leading British politicians.
Report by US National Archives details links between Nazi leaders and the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini
"Hitler`s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence and the Cold War" - a report by the US National Archives - reveals the links between Nazi leaders and the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. The mufti - who was paid generously by the Nazis - recruited Muslims for the SS and was promised that he would be made Palestine`s leader after its Jewish population of 350,000 had been wiped out.
Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World by Jeffrey Herf (book review)
A new book claims that the roots of Islamic fanaticism can be traced to Adolf Hitler`s radio messages, which have fuelled continuing unrest in the Middle East. "Your only hope for rescue is the destruction of the Jews before they destroy you!" Hitler said in a 1942 broadcast. In a broadcast aimed at Egypt, he said: "A large number of Jews... have guns and ammunition. Some Jews in Cairo have even asked the British authorities to set up machine guns on the roofs of their houses." Jeffrey Herf discovered 6,000 Nazi transmissions, made under the propaganda minister Josef Göbbels and broadcast around the Arab world 1939-1945.
Hitler`s Gulf War: The Fight for Iraq 1941 by Barrie James (book review)
"Hitler`s Gulf War" explores the World War II battle for Baghdad in spring 1941. During the 30-day conflict, 1,500 British soldiers fought their way across 500 miles of desert to defeat 30,000 armed Iraqi forces aided by the Germans and Italians. James thoroughly researched at the British Library, public records offices and Huntingdon library over the last 5 years. He also contacted Arthur Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington, the last remaining survivor of the battle. Wellesley said: "I would like to pay tribute to Dr James for bringing a little known but successful war to the knowledge of a wider world."
U.S. guide how to wage war in Iraq - Against Adolf Hitler in 1943
Lessons not learned, history unread and institutional knowledge neglected cry out from every page of the "Guide For U.S. Forces Serving In Iraq 1943," published by the War and Navy Departments to American servicemen during World War II. The warning that Americans are about to face a "harsh, hot, parched, dusty, and inhospitable land" was as true in 2003 as 60 years earlier. Perhaps the most depressing reaction to the guide was that of the NYT`s Iraqi newsroom coordinator as he browsed through it`s pages in the Baghdad Bureau: "They knew all these things before? So why...?"
Haj Amin al-Husseini - Adolf Hitler`s "Grossmufti von Jerusalem"
The most influential leader of the Palestinians during the British mandate, the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was a Nazi collaborator. He worked with top nazis to reach the final solution. Yet, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Husseini is seen as a founding father of Palestinian nationalism. Icon of Evil, by David Dalin and John Rothmann, paints a crude picture of his role in the Third Reich. In one journal entry, Husseini admits that the basis for his cooperation was ... Hitler`s "explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish problem... according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of its Jews."
Fascist Muslim group expected to loot Tel Aviv in 1948
In 1948, correspondent Emilio Traubner found himself near Abu Kabir. Trenches and used cartridges were scattered about, reminders of the fighting between units of the Irgun and local Arab forces. There was a large Arab villa from where Traubner found a diary - the daily record of Yusuf Begovic. In it Begovic had traced his activities as a cook for the "Arab Army of Liberation." ... "35 Yugoslav Muslims who had a good reason to expect to be among the first to occupy and loot Tel Aviv, were part of a group of some thousands who came to the Middle East to join the jihad against Israel."
Photographic memories from Israel 1936-1939 (part II)
Rapahel Salus moved to the Land of Israel in 1921, and his first move was to tour the country by foot. Equipped with a camera, he documented his travels. In 1922, Salus joined the founders of Kibbutz Heftziba in the Harod Valley, and during the War of Independence he led mules carrying supplies to the posts on Mount Gilboa. Throughout the years he engaged in archaeological research and continued to tour the country. Take a look at photographs from the photo album of Raphael Ernest Salus.
Eton-educated Aga Khan offered 30,000 armed Arabs to help Hitler - evaded treason trial
Britain dropped (for fear it would inflame Muslims) a plan to charge the Aga Khan`s grandfather Sultan Muhammad Shah (Aga Khan III) with treason in spite of evidence that he offered to aid Adolf Hitler. Evidence emerged when the Allies seized Nazi archives. In a 1942 memo to the German Foreign Office by a Nazi agent, Aga Khan III (Eton-educated racehorse owner) offered to raise troops in the Middle East to fight the Free French: "I will have for you 30,000 armed Arabs, amongst my most faithful disciples, who will shoot the Gaullistes in the back." ... to back a German occupation of Egypt, Syria and Palestine.
Not all Palestinians were Pro-Nazi, says historian Rene Wildangel
Historians have portrayed Palestinians as Hitler-supporters during the Nazi regime, as most of the historical research on the topic neglects the Palestinian perspective. But a German researcher has said that they were more interested with relations with an other European country. Any historical conversation over Palestine and National Socialism usually turns to the Muslim leader Grand Mufti Hajj Amin al Husseini: an anti-Semite, a follower of the Nazis, who moved to Third Reich in 1941 to work with Adolf Hitler`s regime. However historian Rene Wildangel has claimed that Husseini "was simply not representative" of his countrymen during that era.
World War II frontline in Iran - U.S. effort to supply the Eastern Front
Paul Monroe Funkhouser spent two years of WWII in Iran. In 1943-1944, he was part of a U.S. effort to transport war supplies to the Russians so they could fight Nazi Germany on the Eastern Front. It was hot, dirty and dangerous even though there were no Nazis. "Our biggest problem was copper wire theft. The Bedouins didn`t have much, and that wire was worth money. You didn`t go out at night to work, except in pairs." Although he was a first sergeant, he often ended up splicing cables himself because: "I had people scattered throughout 4 countries. Some of the company was in Moscow, Cairo and Basra, Iraq."
Recalling the Mufti Who Inspired Adolf Eichmann, Adolf Hitler
In 1936 the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, welcomed Adolf Hitler`s deputy Adolf Eichmann to his office. Maurice Pearlman, who reviewed the records of Eichmann`s meetings with the Mufti at the trials for Nazi leader in Nuremberg, wrote a book "The Mufti of Jerusalem." The Mufti instructed Eichmann as to the way in which the Nazis could best persecute the Jews: slowly and in stages, so as to catch them unaware of the next stage of persecution. During WWII the Mufti remained in Berlin, where Hitler provided him with a radio station, from which he propagated the Nazi message. He helped to raise 20,000 Muslim troops from Bosnia to the Hanjar Waffen-SS.
Holocaust Survivors Grow Poorer in Israel
When Gizela Burg arrived in Israel after making it out of four Nazi concentration camps alive, she thought her problems of survival were behind her. But now she can no longer afford to pay her growing medical bills. Burg is among about 90,000 Holocaust survivors a third of the total in Israel who live in poverty, according to official figures. For the childless widow, her inability to fix her television -- while television and radio stations broadcast the stories of survivors -- or afford a taxi meant she was spending annual remembrance day alone and in silence.
Nazis had "Einsatzgruppe Egypt" ready for Palestine
Nazi Germany planned to expand the extermination of Jews beyond the borders of Europe and into British-controlled Palestine during WW2, two German historians say. In 1942, the Nazis created a special "Einsatzgruppe," a mobile SS death squad, which was to carry out the mass slaughter of Jews in Palestine. They say "Einsatzgruppe Egypt" was standing by in Athens and was ready to disembark for Palestine in the summer of 1942, attached to the "Afrika Korps" led by the famed desert commander General Erwin Rommel. The Middle East death squad was to be led by SS Obersturmbannfuehrer Walther Rauff.
Iran to Host Holocaust Deniers Conference
Iran reportedly plans to host a conference of Holocaust deniers in the coming weeks, much to the concern of some Israelis. The Association of Islamic Journalists in Iran has been tasked with putting together an international conference to offer a platform "to examine in-depth this myth" of the Holocaust. Yad Vashem, Israel`s Holocaust Martyrs` and Heroes Remembrance Authority, said it was concerned that Iran was attempting to "paint its radical agenda with a scholarly brush."
Israel to seek cash for pre-WWII investments in Palestine
Israel has passed a law to compensate relatives of Holocaust victims who bought property in British-mandated Palestine before World War II. Many European and American Jews bought property in British-mandated Palestine in the first half of the 20th century in keeping with their Zionist ideology aimed at setting up a permanent state in Biblical Israel. Thousands of Palestinians were forced or chose to flee their homes ahead of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.
Jewish death squads recall revenge on SS officers (Article no longer available from the original source)
A group of elderly Holocaust survivors came forward with accounts of a death squad they formed after World War II to take revenge on their Nazi persecutors, recounting a brazen operation in which they poisoned hundreds of SS officers. Reports of Jewish death squads have surfaced over the years, and several books have been written. Earlier this year, Israel`s government refused a request from Poland to extradite a suspected death squad member.
Nazi intelligence Sicherheitsdienst in Palestine (Article no longer available from the original source)
In early 1933, Baron Leopold Itz Edler von Mildenstein, a man who a few years later was to become chief of the Jewish section of the SD (the Sicherheitsdienst, the SS intelligence branch headed by Reinhard Heydrich), was invited to tour Palestine and to write a series of articles for Goebbels´s Der Angriff. And so it was that the Mildensteins accompanied by Kurt Tuchler, a leading member of the Berlin Zionist Organisation, visited settlements in Eretz Israel. The highly positive articles, “A Nazi Visits Palestine,” were duly published, and a special medallion cast, with a swastika on one side and a Star of David on the other.
Israeli agent who caught Adolf Eichmann dies at 77
Peter Malkin, the Israeli agent who snatched Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust, from the streets of Buenos Aires and took him to face trial in Israel, has died. Three years after the end of the WW2, Israel pledged to hunt down the Nazis responsible for the deaths of almost 6 million Jews. Heading the newly formed state`s most-wanted list was Eichmann, Hitler`s foremost expert on Jewish matters and the man who oversaw the Final Solution.
Mein Kampf for sale in Arabic - Sixth best selling book
An Arabic translation of Hitler`s Mein Kampf which has become a bestseller in the Palestinian territories is now on sale in Britain. The book, Hitler`s account of his life and anti-Semitic ideology written while he was in prison, is normally found in Britain in academic bookshops. But The Telegraph found it on sale on Edgware Road, an area with a large Arab population. The book has a picture of Hitler and a swastika on the cover and is selling for £10. Although the Bavarian state government, which claims copyright in the text, has tried to stop its publication, Mein Kampf became the sixth best selling book in the Palestinian Authority area.