By Emerson Vermaat
Haj Amin Al-Husseini (1895-1974), Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, is a man of the past, at the same time he is a man of the present. Not only was he one of the best Arab friends the Nazis ever had, he also worked for them and was handsomely paid by them in the crucial war years between 1941 and 1945 when he lived in a villa in Berlin. Today, he is a model for many radical Muslims who share his views on the Jews, Sharia law and the West. He was the father of Palestinian nationalism. Why did he feel so deeply attracted to Nazi ideology? Why did the Nazis see the Grand Mufti as their close friend and ally?
It was in 1899 that Houston Stewart Chamberlain, a British born germanofile, published his book “Die Grundlagen des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts” (“The Foundations of the nineteenth century”). This book would make a huge impact on nationalistic and anti-Semitic Germans and later laid the foundations for Nazi ideology. Chamberlain acquired German citizenship in 1916, during the First World War, that is. He later joined the Nazi Party, was close to Goebbels and Hitler, but died in 1927, six years before the Nazis would come to power.
Chamberlain was fascinated by the powerful will of the Arabs and Islam (“der Mohammedanismus”), and by the way Muslims are facing death.[1
Nazi Party philosopher Alfred Rosenberg, a strong admirer of Houston Stewart Chamberlain, hated the Christian churches, especially the Roman Catholic Church, but he did admire the creative power of both Confucius and Mohammed. They had a purpose and showed the way forward for others. Mohammed forced many people to follow his doctrine, Confucius created longlasting Chinese “Volkstum” (traditions or customs of the people), Rosenberg wrote in his “Mythus des 20. Jahrhunderts” (“Myth of the Twentieth Century”).[2 At the same time Rosenberg was worried about the increasing number of Muslims (“Mohammedaner”) in Africa and Asia:
“Everywhere in the colonies where racial mixtures occur, the mongrels (“Mischlinge”) enthusiastically embrace Islam. At the same time Islam promises freedom to the negroes by means of a common struggle against Europe. The Indian Basvani writes. “I tell you Europeans to be on guard. An old Indian man says: ‘Be on guard when you see the tears of awakening: Already does the East wake up, the Hindus and the Muslims in India, Egypt, Persia, Algeria and Afghanistan suffer under the domination of aggressive imperialism of the West.”
More than ever must the white races be on guard against the perhaps once united hatred of the colored races and mongrels led by the fanatical spirit of Mohammed. “[3
Yet, Rosenberg’s “Mythus” was translated into Arab – initially in abridged form – and even enjoyed a certain popularity in the Arab world. Bernard Lewis notes that “the Arabs, though classsed as Semites in Nazi literature, were accorded a very different treatment by the rulers of the Nazi state.”
“Despite some initial reluctance and continuing uncertainty, due more to political than ideological considerations, the Nazis decided that the Arabs might be useful to them, and made some effort to win Arab sympathy for Nazi ideas and to mobilize Arab support for German purposes.”[4
The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini who was the closest Arab ally the Nazis ever had, pressed Rosenberg in 1943 to instruct the Nazi press to drop the term “anti-Semitism,” because this term had a negative connotation affecting the Arab world which sympathized with the Nazi cause. One year later, Al-Husseini said it is better to replace the term “anti-Semitism” by “anti-Judaism.” Thus, it becomes clear it is about a struggle against the Jews, and not against the Arabs.[5
Rosenberg published a highly critical book on “Zionism” in 1922 and it was this book that later made him an ally of radical Muslims who were also bitterly opposed to Zionism and the “Jewish homeland.” Zionism began in 1895 when Theodor Herzl published his book “Der Judenstaat” (“The Jewish State”). Herzl proposed a national home for the Jews. When he died in 1904, “Zionism” had developed into an inspiring force for many European Jews, especially those who had suffered from persecution or discrimination.
Rosenberg wrote that the Zionists wanted to achieve world domination. They start in Palestine and from there the Jewish “march to world domination” continues. “A Jewish controlled Palestine could develop into a focal point for Jewish ideas of world domination,” Rosenberg said.[6
This is precisely what the Palestinian Hamas movement would say 66 years later in its Charter: Today it is Palestine and tomorrow it will be another country and then other countries, the Zionists will seek to control the whole region and after that they will seek world domination. “The Zionist scheme has no bounds.” (Article 32).
In his “Weltanschauliche Thesen”(“ideological propositions”) written in 1939, Rosenberg points out that National Socialism is not opposed to religion. In fact, it is a new religion, a true German religion which replaces Christianity and the religions of the east – the religions of the past. Yet, Rosenberg simultaneously applauded the renewal (“Neustarkung”) of Shintoism in Japan and of modern Confucianism in China. This stands in clear opposition to the “Christian ideology” of those who are deluding themselves that they can convince others.[7Rosenberg prefers Islam and the religions of the East to Christianity. But the most superior religion is, in his view, so-called “positive Christianity,” the German “arianized” version of Christianity: Jesus was not a Jew, he was a “hero,” a “self-confident master,” not a servant, and not “the sacrificial lamb of Jewish prophecy, not the crucified one.”[8
This view, by the way, comes close to the Muslim view of Christ. Muslims believe that Christ was an important prophet, but they do not believe he was ever crucified. His Jewish origins are not denied but usually downplayed. And many Muslims, too, attach much value to strength, power and a strong will.
There were a few courageous German theologians who openly opposed Rosenberg’s ideas. One of them was Walter Künneth, a Lutheran theologian who published his “Antwort auf den Mythus” (“Response to the Myth” – a highly critical review of Rosenberg’s “Myth of the Twentieth Century”). Künneth pointed out that Rosenberg’s view of Christianity and the Bible was utterly wrong. He also criticized Rosenberg for portraying the Jew as “the diabolical opponent of the Nordic man.” Those who want to abolish the Jewish Old Testament destroy the very foundations of the church, Künneth wrote in 1935. “Whoever lays a finger on the Old Testament, lays a finger on God’s revelation.”[9
The Nazis did not like Künneth’s book, the secret police (Gestapo) began to harass and interrogate him: “Don’t you know that it impossible in the Third Reich to take such a position on the Jewish question?” a Gestapo man asked Künneth after he had been taken to the notorious Gestapo headquarters in Berlin’s Prinz-Albrecht Street. Künneth was not allowed to preach and teach anymore, his teachings were deemed to be “incompatible with the National Socialist world view.”[10
The Nazis and the Iranian extremists: equating Jews with “Satan”
Rosenberg himself was a religious and ideological fanatic who reminds us of many of today’s Muslim extremists. His “Weltanschauung” (ideology) of the sacred Aryan blood was cloaked in religious language. “The Jewish concept (attitude towards) of the world is satanic,” he wrote. The “German genius” clashes with the “Jewish demon.”[11
Hitler, too, believed that the Jews were “satanic.”[12 The Jewish character is determined by Satan, the Jew is the original image (“Urbild”) of the power of the evil one.[13 Hitler’s Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels also equated the Jews with Satan. “The Jew is the Antichrist of world history,” Goebbels wrote in his diary in 1926.[14
The “Antichrist” is an apocalyptic or eschatological figure decribed in the New Testament as “the son of perdition,” “the beast,” “wickedness revealed in human form,” a kind of devil incarnate (second letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians, 2 verse 3; the first letter of St. John, 2 verse 18, 22; the second letter of St. John verse 7 and the Book of Revelation 13 verses 1-18). In his third letter does St. John, the apostle, refer to the Antichrist as “the arch-deceiver.” And Goebbels calls the Jews “the incarnated lie” (“Der Jude ist die menschgewordene Lüge.”). Therefore, Christ could not have been a Jew (in Goebbels’ view).[15
Today, Iranian extremists do exactly the same. They easily equate the Jews and Israel with Satan. Talking about “Israelites and Jews,” Iranian university professor Hesmatollah Qanbari was interviewed on Iranian TV on November 11, 2004, “global Jerusalem day”:
“Jews infiltrated everywhere, they went covertly and deceitfully… Wherever they went they spread corruption and took over the economy. Anyone who knows the truth surely has no choice but to confront them for the sake of the continuation of humanity and the survival of God’s way. This is a very small group that does nothing but spread strife and corruption. Today, a large portion of Europe is under their control. They collect taxes for no reason. If they grow stronger, their destructive treatment of the Christians will surpass their treatment of the Muslims… The Israeli Zionists didn’t merely occupy land; the matter has become complicated. This is a satanic and impure ideology that may take over the world.”[16
This could have come straight from Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” (The Nazis, too, emphasized that there was a kind of Jewish conspiracy for world domination by rich Jews who controlled Wall Street and the economies of Europe.[17)
On more than one occasion did the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, a bitter and deeply frustrated man, refer to the United States as the “Great Satan,” and to Israel as the “Little Satan.” Iranian leaders follow his example. They may not have been acquainted with Rosenberg’s high flown diction or with Goebbels’ diaries and speeches, but they and yesterday’s Nazis surely have reached a common mind. The Nazis once called the Jews “satanic’ and today’s Iranian leaders now call the Jewish state of Israel “satanic.”
Hitler, the Arabs and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem
The Palestinian nationalist Mohammed Haj Amin Al-Husseini received his theological education at the prestigious Al-Azhar University, Egypt. (He did not finish his studies, though, so he was not really qualified to act as a spiritual leader.)
Nevertheless, between 1921 and 1948 Haj Amin Al-Husseini was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a fanatical hate cleric who was very close to the Muslim Brotherhood and who deeply resented the Jews, the English and the West in general. Palestine was a British mandate at the time.
Kamil Al-Husseini, Haj Amin’s predecessor and half-brother, was a moderate man who did not hate Jews and Christians at all. The British bestowed om him the title of “Grand Mufti.” He was the very opposite of the fanatical Haj Amin who had begun to instigate anti-Jewish riots in Palestine as early as 1920. Haj Amin had inspired armed gangs to attack Jews praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in March 1920. Other Jewish towns were also attacked, the total number of Jews killed was forty-seven.[18
A British military court sentenced Al-Husseini to 15 years in prison, but Sir Herbert Samuel, the British High Commissioner, pardoned him one year later. Kamil had died in 1921 and the British were looking for a successor. Haj Amin’s name was not on top of their list, there was a rival proposed by the Nashashibi clan. But Haj Amin had influential friends who advised Sir Samuel to appoint him.[19 One year later, the British allowed Al-Husseini to become president of the newly formed “Supreme Muslim Council,” an influential body established to direct religious affairs of the Palestine community.[20
From the very moment he was appointed Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, did Haj Amin Al-Husseini abuse his position to preach jihad calling on his followers to kill as many Jews as possible. He was directly or indirectly responsible new riots and the creation of a terrorist group called the “Black Hand.”
Al-Husseini was the driving force behind Arab and Palestinian nationalism, the Palestinian riots in 1929 and the bloody Arab revolt in Palestine which began 1936 and lasted until March 1939. Al-Husseini organized fedayeen (=”one who sacrifices himself”) suicide squads against local authorities.[21 Al-Husseini also issued a fatwa saying: “All Muslims who maintained friendly relations with the Jews were to be considered as infidels.” Most victims of the Mufti and his fanatical violent gangs were moderate Palestinians. There was no peace between the rival Nashashibi clan and the Mufti.
In 1929, Al-Husseini distributed pamphlets saying: “O Arabs, do not forget that the Jew is your worst enemy and has been the enemy of your forefathers.” A Jewish youth group had received permission from the British to conduct a peace March on Waling Wall. The Mufti immediately denounced the “desecration” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a holy Muslim site. After an incendiary speech at the Mosque on August 23, 1929, Al-Husseini’s armed fedayeen committed a massacre in the ancient city of Hebron where a Jewish hospital was attacked and a synagogue was destroyed. 67 Jews were killed.[22 Hebron is the second holiest city in Judaism. Armed mobs also descended on the peaceful orthodox Jewish quarters of Jerusalem. There were additional violent assaults on Jews living in Haifa, Jaffa, Safed, Motza and Tel Aviv. By the end of the month 133 Jews had been killed, 399 wounded.[23
When the Mufti appeared before the “Palestine Commission on the Disturbances of August 1929” (the Shaw Commission) in December 1929, he held a copy of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” in his hand.[24 (A notorious anti-Semitic document which will be discussed later.)
The riots and the revolt were also aimed at growing Jewish immigration and “Zionism.” In the crucial year of 1936, Al-Husseini became president of the newly formed “Arab Higher Committee,” a committee in which the Nazis (through the German ambassador in Baghdad) also took interest.
As early as February 1933, that is a few weeks after Hitler became Reich Chancellor, the Mufti sent a telegram to Berlin addressed to the German consul-general in Jerusalem saying he looked forward to spreading Nazi ideology in the Middle East and Palestine.[25 The first congratulary telegrams to Hitler upon his election as Reichs Chancellor came from Arabs.[26
In Berlin, the Nazis were quite surprised. They had never expected this. Hitler was not yet interested in courting the Arabs whom he and other Nazis regarded as “inferior Semites.”[27 Besides, Hitler had other priorities at the time. Palestine was a British mandate, and Hitler did not want to provoke the British by meddling into Palestian affairs.[28 In the first six years of Nazi rule a number of high ranking Nazis still believed that German Jews could emigrate to Palestine or another place. This was bound to change after the war broke out.
In July 1937, the Mufti visited the German consul-general to express his support for Nazi Germany once again. In November and December 1937, a representative from the Mufti traveled to Berlin to seek German financial and military support. Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, chief of the German Abwehr (military intelligence), ordered the dispatch of weapons to Palestine.[29 This was a covert operation, of course.
Nazi propaganda in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon was increasinly successful:
“When the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday was celebrated in 1937, German and Italian flags and photographs of Hitler and Mussolini were carried prominently by Arab demonstrators in Palestine, while Arab newspapers hailed this demonstration as a ‘significant gesture of sympathy and respect… with the Nazis and Fascists in their trials at the hands of Jewish intrigues of international financial pressure.'”[30
When Hitler proclaimed the Nuremberg Race Laws in 1935, not so few Palestinian Arabs sent him telegrams congratulating him.[31
After a serious shooting incident in Nazareth in September 1937, the mandatory government abolished the Arab Higher Committee. Al-Hussein managed to escape to the village of Al-Zug, near the Lebanese capital of Beirut (The Arab Higher Commitee was reconstituted in Damascus, Syria.)
In October 1939, the Mufti fled to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad where his status was equal to that of a government minister.]32 Once safely in Iraq, Al-Husseini continued to plot against the British, and not just against them. The already German friendly Iraqi government was overthrown by a military coup on April 1, 1941, and the even more pro-German Rashid Ali El-Kailani became prime minister. The coup plotters had received German, Italian and Japanese support. Al-Husseini played a decisive role in the coup d’état.[33 In exchange for information and cooperation, he received vast amounts of money from the Axis powers (via the Italian embassy in Baghdad).[34
Yunis es-Sebawi became Minister of Economic Affairs. Es-Sebawi also happened to be the same one who had previously translated Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” in Arab.[35 Hitler issued a directive in May 1941, expressing his support for the new Iraqi leaders:
“The Arab Freedom Movement is, in the Middle East, our natural ally against England. In this connection, the raising of rebellion in Iraq is of special importance.”[36
British Prime Minister Churchill sensed the danger and wanted to take quick action. Churchill rightly feared that a pro-Nazi regime in Baghdad could soon spread its nefarious influence to other Arab nations. The Germans were also advancing in North Africa and the Balkans. A British Indian brigade landed in Basra on April 18, 1941. Early May, British planes began to bomb Iraqi positions, Al-Husseini and the local clergy declared a jihad in a special radio message to the people (May 9, 1941).[37 The British military intervention force left Basra and marched north to Baghdad entering the capital on May 31, 1941. Rachid Ali El-Kailani, Al-Husseini and the German and Italian ambassadors fled to Tehran, Persia (Iran). There was an anti-Jewish pogrom in Baghdad the day after the two leaders had left: 179 Jews were killed.
The Nazis were unable to really help their allies in Baghdad because they badly needed troops elsewhere.[38 (Al-Husseini and El-Kailani could not stay very long in Tehran, British and Russian forces invaded and occupied Iran in August-September 1941; both were later smuggled out of the country.)
The British military intervention in Iraq had not been very easy. Churchill later wrote that “the German plan for raising rebellion in Iraq and mastering cheaply this wide area was frustrated on a small margin…. We in Britain, although pressed to the extreme, managed with scanty forces to save ourselves from far-reaching or lasting injury.”[39
The British government knew well before May 1941 “that the political situation in Iraq was deteriorating in the wake of Germany’s successes in Europe and as a result of increasing Axis pro-nationalist propaganda.” Since September 1940, British intelligence (Code and Cypher School and SIS) had been reading “Axis diplomatic telegrams that the Italian and Japanese governments and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem were involved in anti-British machinations in Iraq and the supply of arms to the nationalists in that country.” The Italian legation was an important center of intrigue, the SIS reported. These stern and repeated warnings were largely ignored, however.[40 A nation can only ignore good intelligence at its own peril.
It is interesting to note that the Mufti was plotting against the very Iraqi government that granted him asylum in 1939, indeed, a government that helped him in many ways. The Mufti, obviously, wanted a government that would directly confront the British. He realized that the British military position was weak at the time. (The British intervention force which landed in Basra and marched on Baghdad was rather small and the Mufti never expected the British intervention to succeed.)
The Mufti and Kailani would later become bitter rivals as both presented themselves as Pan Arab leaders and both were dependent on Nazi and Italian support. The Mufti did everything in his power to sideline Kailani, the very man who supported him in the short time he was Prime Minister of Iraq.
It was not the first time the Mufti was plotting against those who helped him. When British High Commissioner Sir Herbert Samuel made the fatal mistakes of both pardoning Haj Amin Al-Husseini and appointing him Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the newly appointed spiritual leader immediately began to agitate against the British. Later, during his stay in Berlin after the Nazis granted him asylum in 1941, the Mufti would be involved in numerous intrigues against those he did not like. (The Mufti even forced the German Foreign Minister to sideline an important Foreign Office official who was too close to his rival Kailani.[41)
During his stay in Baghdad the Mufti was very anxious to deepen his relations with Nazi Germany. In 1940, he wrote two obsequious letters to Franz von Papen, the German ambassador in Turkey. And in January 1941, he wrote a letter to Hitler himself stressing the common struggle against the Jews and “the very warm sympathy of the Arab peoples for Germany and the Axis countries.”
“The Arab peoples everywhere are prepared to act against the common enemy and give enthousiastic support to the Axis countries with a view to contributing to the defeat of the English-Jewish coalition.”[42
After he had been forced to flee from Baghdad, the Mufti wanted to meet Hitler and Mussolini personally. But initially, Hitler was not very charmed by the idea to form alliances with Muslims most of whom were “semites.” On August 22 1939, nine days before the outbreak of the War, Hitler indicated that he did not have a high regard for the people of the Far East and “Arabia” (the Arabs). He even called them ‘”lacquered half-monkeys.”
“We will continue to stir up unrest in the Far East and Arabia. Let us think of ourselves as masters (‘Herren’) and consider these people as best as lacquered half-monkeys who need to feel the knout.”[43
But it was during the war that Hitler began to show more respect for the peoples and religions of the East (Islam, Confucianism, Buddhism). “While the Germans were lured into superficial theological discussions, the teachings of Confucius, Buddha and Mohammed offered a broad spiritual base for religious minded people,” he said in June 1942.[44 By that time Haj Amin Al-Husseini, had become his ally. Hitler was favorably impressed by Al-Husseini’s “blond hair and blue eyes,” and believed “that in more than one case the Mufti’s ancestors must have been Aryan, he probably had the best Roman blood streaming through his veins.[45 This had also been noted in December 1937 by a writer in Rosenberg’s Nazi newspaper “Völkische Beobachter.” The Arabs are not pure semites, this Nazi says. Look, for example, at “the Mufti of Jerusalem, whose red beard and blue eyes reveal the dominant Circassian strain of this mother.”[46
During the war Al-Husseini spent most of his time in Berlin where he had his own office, a huge villa. The Nazis gave him a monthly stipend of 62,500 Reichsmark (about 20,000 US dollars), paid by Ribbentrop’s Foreign Office. The Mufti was anxious to receive as much money as possible from a variety of sources in the Third Reich, also from the SS, and preferably in foreign currencies. Substantial amounts of money were transferred to Switzerland. Even in April 1945, when the Red Army was closing in on Hitler’s Reich Chancellery, did the Foreign Office pay him 50,000 Reichmark.[47Part of this Nazi money was later used to raise the “Arab Liberation Army” which would terrorize moderate Palestinians and Jews in 1948.[48
During the war most Arab leaders did not conceal their preference for Nazi Germany, and the Nazis were well aware of this. A large party of the Arab owner classes hoped that Germany would win the war.[49
One of the Arab leaders who was rather pro-German and pro-Mufti was King Farouk of Egypt. In May 1941, the British intercepted a secret personal letter from the king addressed to Hitler saying that “he (King Farouk) was filled with strong admiration for the Führer and respect for the German people, whose victory over England he desired most sincerely.”[50
After the war many leading Nazis, SS war criminals as well as the Mufti himself found refuge in Egypt or Syria (Alois Brunner, for example, fled to Syria.) The Islamists from the influential Muslim Brotherhood which originated in Egypt were also pro-Nazi. The Mufti himself was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and became its official representative in Palestine after the war. Theologically he was close to the Saudi Wahhabi tradition, the main brand of Sunni Islamism today. During the Palestinian revolt of 1936-1939, Sharia law was introduced in those areas of Palestine controlled and terrorized by Mufti militias. The Mufti’s legacy included mass killings of his (Palestinian) opponents.[51
After his escape from Iran with the help of the Italians, the Mufti traveled to Rome to meet Mussolini. He wanted the Axis powers to issue an official declaration that they supported the Arab aspirations for independence and sovereignty. (The Mufti hoped he would be the most important Arab leader after the war.) Mussolini saw no problem in issuing such a declaration, but the Germans did. They had to take the wishes of their French Vichy allies into account. Syria was a French mandate and North Africa was also French. So, the Mufti’s proposal was an embarrassment to Hitler and the German Foreign Office. (The Pan Arabs had recently designated not the Mufti but his new rival Kailani as their contact person for negotiations with Germany and the German Foreign Office also preferred Kailani to Al-Husseini.) Besides, Hitler had other priorities now, he had to defeat the Russians first.[52
The Mufti traveled to Berlin in November 1941 to meet Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and Hitler. In his meeting with Hitler the Mufti stressed that “the Arab peoples are Germany’s natural friends fighting common enemies: Britain, the Jews and Bolshevism.” Five months earlier Hitler had invaded Russia (“Operation Barbarossa”), and now the Arabs could be very useful allies if an “Arab legion” would be formed. “The Arab world is strongly convinced Germany will win the war,” Al-Husseini told the Führer. He wanted Germany to issue a declaration “that Germany does not occupy Arab lands and understands and recognizes Arab aspirations for independence and freedom, just like it is committed to eliminating the national-Jewish homeland.” (This is the same declaration he had already discussed with Mussolini.)
Hitler responded “that Germany is committed to the uncompromising struggle against the Jews.” Germany will force each European nation to deal with the Jewish question. He also stressed that Germany was engaged in very heavy battles to open the entry to the Caucasus area. He expected the German armies to reach the southern Caucasus in the not too distant furture. “As soon as this is the case, the Führer would issue a declaration that the hour of liberation (of the Arab peoples) has come. The Mufti would then be the most qualified spokesman for the Arab world.”
Once the German armies pass through Rostow and Iran and reach Iraq, the British empire will collapse, Hitler said. Such a declaration cannot be issued before decisive battles have been won first (“auf Grund der durch die Waffen geschaffenen Tatsache”).[53 It was clear that the Mufti wanted Hitler to issue such a declaration in support of Arab unification and sovereignty and a leading role for the Mufti himself straight away but Hitler wanted to wait until his armies had crossed the Caucasus. Former Iraqi Prime Minister El-Kailani also arrived in Berlin and pressed Hitler and Foreign Minister Ribbentrop for a declaration that went even further. Ribbentrop’s Foreign Office did treat El-Kailani as de jure Prime Minister of Iraq, promising him, he would also be Prime Minister of Iraq once it was liberated.[54 Both Kailani and the Mufti were based in Berlin during the war years, and even the unscrupulous Nazis were surprised by the way both Arab leaders resented each other.[55 Himmler, the SS and Goebbels usually sided with the Mufti. Kailani was received by Hitler in July 1942.
Himmler, Haj Amin Al-Husseini and the SS “Handzar division”
It is not so strange, therefore, that Haj Amin Al-Husseini soon developed a close relationship with Heinrich Himmler and the SS, the traditional enemies of the Foreign Office establishment.
SS Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler, just like Rosenberg, was a strong believer in the Arian “Nordic religion.” But he also felt attracted to Eastern religions and the occult. (Both the swastica and the SS rune signs are originally religious symbols and the obligatory Nazi greeting “Heil Hitler!” also comes close to religious adoration of the Führer.[56)
In a speech in 1935 Himmler emphasized that SS men are not interested in Christianity and the church, but they do believe in God and despise the atheists.[57 Himmler once described Hitler as a “German Savior” (“germanischen Heilsbringer”) who had been predestined by the “Karma of Germanity.”[58 Hitler was a leader sent by the Lord God, Himmler said on another occasion.[59 (Hitler once portrayed himself as a kind of Savior sent by “the Almighty Creator” whose mission it was to save Germany from the Jews.[60)
Ever since his first meeting with Grand Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini, did Himmler develop a stronger admiration for Islam. (The book cover of Klaus Gensicke’s study on the Mufti and National Socialism shows a photograph of Himmler bowing deeply when he shakes hands with the Mufti.) The SS Reichsführer probably read a German translation of the Koran. Some authors claim he ordered an investigation into the Arabic text of the Koran to find out whether it predicted that Hitler would complete Mohammed’s work.[61The Mufti sent Himmler a telegram on October 6, 1943, congratulating him on his birthday and expressing the wish of achieving “even closer cooperation to achieve our common goals in the year to come.”[62
On november 2, 2003, Himmler sent a telegram to his friend “Haj Amin Al-Husseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem,” referring to the “natural alliance” between Nazis and “freedom-loving Muslims”:
“The National Socialist movement of Greater Germany has, since its inception, inscribed upon its flag the fight against the world Jewry. It has therefore followed with particular sympathy the struggle of the freedom-loving Arabs, especially in Palestine, against Jewish interlopers.
In the recognition of this enemy and of the common struggle against it lies the firm foundation of the natural alliance that exists between the National Socialist Greater Germany and the freedom-loving Muslims (“freiheitsliebenden Mohammedanern”) around the world.”[63
It was with the help of high level Nazis that a “Central Islamic Institute” (“Islamisches-Zentral Institute”) was opened in Berlin on December 18, 1942. The most prominent Nazi guest was Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. In his speech Al-Husseini referred to the Jews as “the bitterest enemies of the Muslims who since time immemorial have confronted Muslims with cunning and trickery.” World Jewry and their capital control the British. “This war has been unleashed by world Jewry.”[64
It was this kind of language and this kind of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that Himmler, Rosenberg and Goebbels liked so much. With Himmler’s help the Mufti opened an “Imam school” in Guben, near Cottbus, in April 1944. This school was run by Himmler’s SS and it was here that imams were being trained who had to inspire and motivate Muslims fighting in the SS ranks.[65
Already in his meeting with Hitler did Al-Husseini press for the creation of an “Arab legion.” Initially, Hitler was not very enthousiastic about the idea, but his views changed after the defeat in Stalingrad. He now badly needed good and well motivated fighters. Himmler and his assistant
Gottlob Berger wanted to select Muslims from Bosnia-Hercegovina for military service into a special SS-army (“Waffen SS”) division.
Himmler believed that Islam taught its followers to be good soldiers who can count on Allah’s mercy when they die in battle. For Himmler Islam was a natural ally of the German Reich. As Bosnian Muslims were rooted in European history, they could provide an important link between Arab Muslims and National Socialism.
Himmler raised this matter with Hitler in December 1942, but the latter waited until February 1943 to give his final approval. One month later, Himmler and Al-Husseini met in Berlin to discuss the formation of a Muslim Waffen SS unit, the so-called “13th SS Division Handzar” (also spelled as “Handschar” or “Hanjar”: the Handzar was the dagger of Turkish officers and policemen during the Ottoman Empire). Most members of the Handzar division were Bosnian muslims.[66 (Many Bosnian Muslims, though, refused to join the Nazi ranks and quite a number of Bosnian Muslims did everything to protect Jews, who had never been their enemies before, and so did the Italians in the areas under their control, in Mostar for example.[67)
Not everyone was enthousiastic about the idea of creating a Muslim division. Reich Foreign Minister Ribbentrop feared that Germany’s Kroat allies would be upset. Kroat leader Ante Pavelic hated Muslims, and demanded that the new Muslim division would operate under his control. But Hitler sided with Himmler and overruled Pavelic’s objections.
Assisted and advised by Al-Husseini, Himmler’s SS started a propaganda offensive in Bosnia.[68 The Mufti paid a visit to Sarajevo appealing for support among the Muslim clergy. By the end of April 1943, 12,000 men had been recruited, and the division’s eventual strength was 21,000 men.[69 Himmler possibly accorded the Mufti the high rank of SS Gruppenführer (=general). Handzar division commander was SS general Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig. Al-Husseini paid several visits to the division encouraging his fellow Muslims to fight the partizans and other Nazi enemies.
In the very year of Handzar’s formation, 1943, there were a lot of problems, however. The division was first transfered to France and then to Germany to receive training. There was much discontent among the rank and file resulting even in a serious mutiny in France. (Eight German officers were killed.) Sauberzweig was furious and knew no mercy. The mutiny was brutally suppressed. The men were looking for action in their home country Bosnia and they were finally sent back in February 1944 to fight Tito’s partizans. The fighting started in March and lasted through the summer. The men from the Handzar division committed terrible war crimes against local Serbs, killing thousands of civilians indiscriminately.[70 After the war, Tito’s Yugoslavia wanted to try Haj Amin Al-Husseini as a war criminal, but the Grand Mufti, Nazi collaborator and Himmler friend, escaped justice once again.
The Soviets did not take any action against Al-Husseini. They had every reason to. Al-Husseini’s men were fighting in Hungary in the final stages of the war. They killed many Red Army soldiers. The men from the SS Muslim divisions (Handzar was not the only Muslim division) were better fighters now. The reason why the Soviets declined to indict the Mufti as a war criminal and Nazi ally was quite simple: in the first years after the war, the Mufti was highly popular in Egypt and most other Arab countries (this would change in the 1950s and 1960s, though), and the Soviets were courting the same Arab regimes and governments. They wanted to counterblance US and British influence and policies in the Middle East.
Jordanian King Abdallah was not particularly a friend of the Mufti. The king appointed Sheikh Husam Al-Din Jarallah from the Nashashibi clan as new Mufti of Jerusalem in December 1948. Sheikh Jarallah was the same one whom the British had ignored in 1921 when they opted for Al-Husseini. Abdallah was proclaimed king of a “United Palestine and Transjordan.”[71
In April 1940, King Abdallah annexed what was later known as the Westbank. One year later, the king was assassinated by a man who belonged to the Al-Husseini clan. Al-Husseini and his “Arab Higher Committee” denied any involvement.[72
The Mufti, the Holocaust and the Mufti’s visit to “Auschwitz 3”
There is no doubt that the Mufti knew about the genocide of the European Jews, the Holocaust. He even played an active role in it. The “Encyclopedia of the Holocaust” says that Al-Husseini’s men from the Handzar division “participated in the massacre of civilians in Bosnia and volunteered to join in the hunt for Jews in Croatia. The Germans made a point in publicizing the fact that Al-Husseini had flown from Berlin to Sarajevo for the sole purpose of giving his blessing to the Muslim army and inspecting its arms and training excercises.”[73 Al-Husseini’s men participated in SS training courses and, as part of their training, visited the concentration camp of Sachsenhausen.[74
The Mufti personally knew SS Sturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) Adolf Eichmann, who coordinated the whole Nazi effort to make Europe “Judenrein” (kill all European Jews). Hannah Arendt claims in her book “Eichmann in Jerusalem” that “the Eichmann Trial revealed that all rumors about Eichmann’s connection with Haj Amin Al-Husseini, were unfounded. (He had been introduced to the Mufti during an official reception, along with all other departmental heads.)”[75 Unfortunately, Hannah Arendt, who covered the Eichmann Trial for “The New Yorker,” fails to mention here that this is exactly what Eichmann himself wanted the judges to believe. During the trial Eichmann said:
“I saw the Mufti just once. This was during an official reception hosted by Department VI in the Security Service guesthouse, to which most of the Specialist Officers of the Head Office for Reich Security had been invited. Each Specialist Officer, including myself, was presented to the Mufti… I never exchanged words with the Mufti other than to state my name when I was presented to him. I had nothing to do with the Mufti in political terms.”[76
Thoughout the trial, Eichmann followed the strategy of denying, lying and distorting facts. (He also wanted the court the believe he was not an anti-Semite at all.[77) He had a very selective memory.
But Adolf Eichmann knew the Mufti quite well. As early as 1937, he was sent to the Middle East to contact the Mufti and other Arab leaders. He and SS Oberscharführer Herbert Hagen arrived in Haifa by boat on October 2, 1937, at six p.m. As the boat left for Egypt the next day there was no time to meet many people. The Mufti was no longer in Palestine, he had fled after the British wanted to arrest him. (Chuck Morris incorrectly claims that the Mufti did meet with Hagen and Eichmann during their 1937 visit.[78 But both SS officers blame in their report the Mufti for having fled Palestine: this did not enhance his popularity among the Arabs.[79)
In Egypt, Eichmann and Hagen failed to get a visa for Palestine (the British simply refused to give the two men from a Berlin visa). But Eichmann and Hagen did meet a journalist from Jerusalem who belonged to the circle of the Grand Mufti.[80
After the British intervention in Iraq in 1941, the Mufti traveled to Italy and then to Nazi Germany to meet Reich Chancellor Hitler in Berlin. He also met Eichmann, possibly in the first half of 1942.
Dieter Wisliceny, Eichmann’s deputy for Slovakia and a personal friend as well, made detailed notes when he was on trial in Nuremberg. In his notes, dated 26 July 1946, Wisliceny claims that Eichmann personally briefed the Mufti on the “final solution of the Jewish question” (=Holocaust):
“After Mufti Al-Husseini arrived in Germany, he paid a visit to Himmler. A shortwhile thereafter the Grand Mufti visited the director of the Jewish Section at the Gestapo Department IV, Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann, in his office in Berlin, 166 Kurfürstenstrasse. I no longer remember the exact date of the visit. Possibly it was at the end of 1941 or the beginning of 1942.
By chance I was with Eichmann in Berlin a few days later, when he told me in detail about this visit. Eichmann lectured to the Grand Mufti in his Map Room, where he had collected statistical acounts of the Jewish population of various European countries – he lectured in detail about the solution of the Jewish Question in Europe. The Grand Mufti, according to him, was most impressed and said to Eichmann that he had already asked Himmler and had in fact secured Himmler’s consent on this point, that a representative of Eichmann should come to Jerusalem as his personal advisor when he, the Grand Mufti, would go back after the victory of the Axis Powers. In that conversation Eichmann asked me whether I was not willing to take the post. But I rejected in principle such Oriental adventures.
Eichmann was greatly impressed by the personality of the Grand Mufti. He repeately said to me, both then and on a later occasion, that the Mufti had made a powerful impression on him, and also on Himmler, and that he had an acknowledged influence in Arab-Jewish affairs.
To my knowledge, Eichmann saw the Mufti from time to time and spoke to him.”[81
In his excellent book “Justice in Jerusalem” Chief Prosecutor (Attorney General) Gideon Hausner points out that the (ex-)Mufti’s ties with Eichmann were of long standing:
“At the beginning of 1942 Eichmann received him and his retinue at the department’s headquarters and lectured to them on the Final Solution in Europe. The ex-Mufti was so strongly impressed that he immediately requested Himmler to designate someone on Eichmann’s team to be his ‘personal adviser’ on ‘finally solving’ the Jewish problem also in Palestine, once the ex-Mufti was reinstated in his office by the victorious Axis. Eichmann welcomed the offer… The personal ties between the two continued through the Mufti’s nephew, who was later a caller on Eichmann at his office.”[82
When Attorney General Hausner asked Eichmann if he remembered that a proposal had been made for Wisliceny to become the Mufti’s advisor after the great victory, Eichmann said: “I do not remember that, but I am sure that would necessarily have happened. I can safely say that. But I do not remember that.” When Hausner asked Eichmann if he could not dispute Wisliceny’s words in the matter, that it was suggested that he be the Mufti’s advisor, Eichmann replied: “I believe this is pure imagination on Wisliceny’s part.”[83 (This kind of contradictory responses was typical for that way Eichmann often sought the evade controversial issues.)
An architect named Andrej Steiner stated that Wisliceny told him the Mufti “had very close contact and cooperation with Eichmann.” “The Mufti is a sworn enemy of the Jews and he has always fought for the idea of annihilating the Jews,” Wisliceny told Steiner. “The Mufti is one of the originators of the systematic destruction of European Jewry by the Germans,” Wisliceny clarified.[84
After the war the Mufti’s diary was found by the Allies. On a page bearing the date of 9 November 1944, the following words had been written: “The best of the friends of the Arabs. Eichmann.” Above the word “Eichmann” (written in Latin characters) appeared the following Arabic words in Al-Husseini’s own handwriting: “fairus nadira jiddan” and “Kheir mukhlis lil-arab” – “a very rare diamond” and “the best redeemer for the Arabs.”
A number of Mufti friends attended a brief crash course at the Gestapo offices in order to be “reconditioned into experts for any Gestapo to be set up in the Near East.” One of them was called the “Heydrich of the Near East.” Eichmann confirmed this, although he would not call it a course.[86
Attorney General Hausner later made the following observation in the courtroom:
“Haj Amin Al-Husseini was a man who obviously found in Eichmann a precious jewel. He had begun the spilling of Jewish blood in Palestine, his heart was wide open to an unclear partnership with the spiller of Jewish blood in the world, and in his Section Eichmann trains minions of the Mufti, among them the man who was dubbed ‘Heydrich of the Near East.’
And what was meant by this, Your Honors? After the victory, which was coming, as they hoped, these people were planning the same bloody work in the whole world, which would fall at their feet. And the Mufti who had spilled the blood of the Jews in Hebron, in Jaffa and in Jerusalem, in the riots of 1921, 1936 and 1939, was looking for a man like himself who would help him finish the job. He saw that they did it better there.”[87
The Mufti also visited Auschwitz and gloated over the mass murder of the Jews.[88
Ernst Verduin, a Dutch Jew who survived Auschwitz 3 (“Monowitz”) and whose number was 150811 (tatoed by the SS in his arm), actually saw the Mufti there in the second half of 1943. He saw 50 men wearing strange clothes and golden belts, accompanied by high ranking SS officers from Stammlager (=original camp) Auschwitz. Verduin was curious and tried to take a closer look, but an SS guard stopped him. He asked the guard who these people were. The guard replied that they were “the Mufti of Jerusalen and his retinue who wanted to see how the Jews worked themselves to death, so that he could do the same things to the Jews who lived in Palestine.”[89 It was known that the Mufti had visited Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdanek. What was not known was that he had also visited the forced labor camp of Monowitz, which was known as “Auschwitz 3” and was part of the vast Auschwitz complex.
Three companions of Kailani and one companion of the Mufti visited the concentration camp of Oranienburg in June 1942. Ribbentrops’s Foreign Office had objected to this visit. The four Arabs visitors were very much interested in the fate of the Jews and favorably impressed by what they saw.[90
There was a significant radio broadcast to the Arabs on September 20, 1944. In this broadcast did the Mufti ask his Arab listeners if they were not able to turn away 11 million Jews. The total number of Jews at the beginning of the war was 17 million. The Mufti must have known, therefore, that 6 million Jews had died between September 1939 and September 1944.[91
The Nazis and the Mufti almost used the same term when they talked about the Holocaust. The Nazis spoke of “Endlösung” (“Final Solution”), the Mufti referred to “Endgültige Lösung” (“Definitive Solution”).[92 This cannot be coincidental. The Mufti clearly was familiar with Nazi terminology on the Holocaust.
Mufti prevents the rescue of 19,000 Jewish children
The Mufti knew exactly what was happening to the Jews who were sent to Poland. He was worried about the policies of the governments of Rumania, Hungary and Bulgaria – three allies of Nazi Germany – who wanted to send a number of Jewish children to Palestine. In two letters adressed to the Rumanian and Hugarian Foreign Ministers the Mufti referred to a bulletin published by the “Jewish agency in charge the execution of the Jewish program.” According to this bulletin Rumania planned to send 1800 Jewish children to Palestine, and Hungary 900 children. “This will not solve the Jewish problem,” the Mufti wrote. “On the contrary this will enable them to communicate freely with their race brothers in enemy countries.” It also causes tremendous harm to the friendly Arab nation who is on your side in this war (l’immense mal fait à la Nation arabe amie qui prit place à vos côtés dans cette guerre”), the Mufti said in his letter. He then recommended to send these children to Poland instead:
“Allow me to draw Your Excellency’s attention to the necessity of preventing these Jews from leaving your country; and if there are reasons which make their departure (removal) necessary it will be unavoidably better and indefinitely more preferable if they leave your country and go to other countries where they are under active supervision such as Poland, for instance, so that they do not pose a danger or cause harm.”[93
It was in Poland or the so-called “Generalgouvernement” that Auschwitz and other extermination camps were located. “Active supervision” was a code term for mass killing of Jews.
In the case of Bulgaria, where most of the Jews had been relatively safe[94 the Mufti also took action:
“When he learned that there was a possibility of several thousand Bulgarian children being allowed out of Bulgaria and into Palestine, he intervened successfully in Berlin to prevent this.” [95
At the end of 1942, Himmler permitted 10,000 Jewish children to be transferred from Poland to Theresienstadt. The plan was to send them eventually to Palestine, via Rumania. “It was planned,” Wisliceny said after the war, “to exchange these children for German civilian prisoners, though the services of the International Red Cross.” But suddenly Wisliceni was summoned to Berlin by his boss Eichmann who disclosed to him “that the idea of the planned operation had become known to the Grand Mufti, by means of his intelligence service in Palestine. As a result he protested vigorously to Himmler, using the argument that these Jewish children would, within a few years become adults and would strengthen the Jewish element in Palestine. Following this advice Himmler forbade the whole operation and even issued a prohibition in respect of cases in the future, that no Jew should be permitted to emigrate to Palestine from territories under German control.”[96
In 1943, the Mufti also succeeded in preventing the emigration of 4000 Jewish children and 500 accompanying adults to Palestine by sending two angry letters to Reich Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop. In his first letter of May 13, 1943, the Mufti protested against a plan by Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary to send 4000 Jewish children to Palestine:
“I request Your Excellency to do everything possible to dissuade Bulgaria, Rumania and Hungary, from implementing the Jewish-Anglo-American plan, and to give special attention to this question; by so doing, you would be rendering an unforgettable service to the friendly Arab people.”[97
In his second letter of June 10, 1943, the Mufti wrote that he had learned that seventy-five Jews, among them also important personalities, left Bucharest and arrived in Palestine at the end of the month. Other groups of Jews from Rumania and Hungary have also arrived or are ready to depart, and seven hundred Jews from Poland, who have parents in Palestine, are also ready to leave; five thousand refugees from Bulgaria, Rumania, Hungary and Slovakia have immigration certificates in their possession.”
“It seems to me that I should bring to the knowledge of Your Excellency the fact that the Arabs, loyal friends of the Axis, feel themselves hurt when they notice that their friends of the Axis powers facilitate the Judeo-English objective of the transfer of Jews, who are agents of the British and the communists, enemies of the Arabs and enemies of Europe, to Palestine.”[98
Al-Husseini asked Ribbentrop “to adopt the necessary measures with the governments of Bulgaria, Rumania and Hungary,” to prevent and frustrate the departure of these Jews.
One month before, Eichmann had told the Foreign Office that Jewish children should not be allowed to emigrate. The Reich Chief Security Office (RSHA) was only prepared to let 5000 children go if they would be exchanged for 20,000 Germans who were not yet forty years old. But in view of “the execution of measures against the Jews,” this exchange must take place straight away (“sofort”), otherwise the transfer of 5000 children from the Eastern territories can no longer be realized.[99 In other words, it would be to late, because all these children would have been gassed.
Not only did the Mufti send angry letters to Ribbentrop, he also talked to several Foreign Office officials and to the SS. This kind of unusual pressurizing was not appreciated by everyone in the Foreign Office. The Mufti’s repeated meddling into foreign policy issues and his excessive zeal (“Übereifer”) in handling the Jewish question caused irritation and adversely affected the relations with allied governments. This is also clear from the notes of a high level Foreign Office official: “The Mufti is an outspoken enemy of the Jews, and does not hide his view that he would like to see all of them killed.”[100
Himmler and Eichmann fully supported the Mufti and also put pressure on Ribbentrop. When the British government wanted the Germans to clarify their proposal, Ribbentrop’s Foreign Office lamely regarded this as a negative response. “This is how the combined forces of Eichmann, Himmler, Ribbentrop and the Mufti prevented the ressue of Jewish children,” says Klaus Gensicke in his thorough study on the Mufti.
The Mufti, a real troublemaker, would not mind even to clash with his best Nazi friend Heinrich Himmler. He wrote Himmler a letter on July 27, 1944, expressing his concern about Jews under German control who had been allowed to leave for Palestine. They had been exchanged for Germans who had been interned by the British in Palestine. The Mufti reminded Himmler that the destruction of the Jewish national home in Palestine and the “war against world Jewry” was an essential part of the German Reich’s policy. He asked the Reichsführer stop any additional emigration of Jews to Palestine in order to show his friendship to his German allies.[101
By the summer of 1944, Himmler realized that the war was lost and he wanted to whitewash himself somehow and pave the way for a new role as an acceptable negotiator on behalf of Germany.[102 In the last stages of the war Himmler even issued a “Stoppbefehl” (order to halt the killings of Jews), but Eichmann did everything to sabotage the order.[103 He reasoned: “I know the war is lost, but I am still going to win my own war.”[104
Eichmann was not just a bureaucrat who obeyed orders. (When necessary he even disobeyed a direct order from Himmler himself.) It seemed as if satanic or diabolical powers drove him to destroy as many lives as possible, even when everybody knew Germany was losing the war. (It was in 1944 that Eichmann sent the bulk of the Hungarian Jews to the death camps, countless others perished in “death marches” in the Winter of 1944/45.) Just like the Mufti, Adolf Eichmann was a fanatic who knew time was running out.[105 Dr. Bernhard Lösener, a senior official in the Nazi Ministry of the Interior, wrote in 1961: “Of all the people I knew, Eichmann was the strongest personification of satanic principals.” And chief prosecutor Gideon Hausner described Eichmann as “a cunning, flinthearted plotter, with a demonic personality which certainly was completely indifferent to the suffering he inflicted.”[106
It reminds me of what had been predicted in the Apocalypse, the last book of the Bible: “But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury, knowing that his time is short.” (The Revelation of St. John, chapter 12 verse 12, New English Bible). And there is another verse which could equally apply to Eichmann: “And there, as I looked, was another horse, sickly pale; and its rider’s name was Death, and Hades (=hell) came close behind.” (The Revelation of St. John chapter 6 verse 8.) Remember, the very symbol of the SS was the death’s head, or, as Heinz Höhne describes the SS in a brilliant study, they were “the Order of the Death’s Head.”[107
The Mufti regularly appeared on German radio, particularly on its Arab section, inciting his followers to kill Jews: “Kill the Jews whereever you find them. This pleases God, history and religion.” Or:
“Take decisive and powerful action to expell all the Jews from the Arab and Islamic countries. Don’t spare any effort, not one Jew or colonialist should be left behind in these countries.”[108
He also often spoke about the link between Jews and “capitalism” (“Jews and capitalists dragged the United States into war and expansion.”[109). Today, too, this kind of conspiracy theories are a popular theme among radical Muslims and extreme leftists.
The Mufti’s possible attempt to exterminate the Jews of Yemen
There is a rare document about a possible visit by Haj Amin Al-Husseini to Yemen in 1936. There is no hard evidence that this document is based on facts, and I do not know if the year 1936 or the document as such is correct. The document refers to Al-Husseini as “an envoy of Hitler.” Al-Husseini certainly admired Hitler in the 1930s, but he had not yet met the Führer personally. Maybe the visit took place somewhere between 1939 and 1941 when the Mufti was in Iraq and he was already on the Axis’s payroll. I will summarize this document below, partly using the document’s own language (a translation from Hebrew into English).[110
The Mufti and thirty-four other men arrived by boat at the harbor of Al-Haduydah, Yemen. On board were also deadly chemicals for killing. The Mufti demanded to see the king. He wanted to exterminate completely all Jews of Yemen. King Yahya Hamid Al-Din, discussed this with his advisor Shalom ben Saadya Gamliel, a bearded Jew with long side-locks, telling him to sit in the seat of the head of government when the Mufti would arrive.
When the Mufti arrived, he was terribly displaced at seeing a Jew sitting near the king, and said: “Peace be with you, leader of the faithful. What a pity, a sanctified hall and in it sits the highest source of impurity.”
The king said: “About whom are you speaking?” Amin Al-Husseini answered: “About this scum, which one is forbidden to look at.”
The king said: “You expressed the view that it is forbidden to look at this Jew, but I see him daily. Justify the prohibition from a legal point of view.” Al-Husseini quoted from the Koran and said: “Jews are now killing our Muslim brethren in the holy land. The Lord has inspired Hitler to eliminate soon this nation completely.” He advised the king to include all the Jews who are in Yemen in camps until they die.
Shalom said the Jews of Yemen accept the rule of Islam and the Muslims, and they are protected by the king. “Justice demands that we be treated with compassion.” Al-Husseini said it was a duty to hang this Jew, to cut off his head and to do so right away, for “he has touched the holy Koran.” (Sura 56 verse 79: “None shall touch it, save the purified ones.”) The king said to Shalom: “What is your answer? Shalom said: “The Koran which I studied has notes in its margins, thus its holiness had been diminished.” (This was not true but Shalom had to say something to save his skin.) The king was happy and said: “The Jew’s answer is acceptable. All the Jews who live in Yemen honor the Koran, and Shalom studied an annotated Koran.” The king then told Al-Huseini to leave Yemen within two days. Now, the Mufti was even more upset and told important people in government: “Your king is bewitched by the Jew who sits to his right.”
The Mufti as a role model for today’s Islamists and the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”
The Mufti is a role model for today’s Islamists. He was the first to introduce suicide squads in Palestine. He was also a Wahhabi Muslim of the kind known as “Salafi Jihadists” today. Not only did he hate the Jews, he also called on his followers to kill them indiscriminately and played an active role in the Holocaust by encouraging top Nazis to kill even more Jews. He didn’t care about women and children. Due to his personal intervention thousands of Jewish children were sent to the death camps. “Kill the Jews wherever you find them,” this is what he told his followers to do.
Today, Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda also call on Muslims to kill the Jews (and they do not distinguish between men, women and children either):
“The hour will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them… Whoever claims that there is permanent peace between us and the Jews has disbelieved what has been sent down through Mohammed.”[111
Just like Goebbels, Hitler and Al-Husseini, bin Laden refers to the Jews as “masters of usury and leaders in treachery.”[112
Haj Amin Al-Husseini was a prominent member of the anti-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood founded by his friend Hassan Al-Banna in 1928. The Muslim Brotherhood gave moral and material support to the Palestinian revolt which broke out in 1936 and lasted until 1939. The Mufti wrote Al-Banna a letter saying how grateful he was for the “blessed actions in aid” and “your wise decisions and noble efforts.” And after the 1948 war an embittered Al-Husseini blamed the Arab nations, but not the Brotherhood, for losing that war.[113
The Muslim Brotherhood believed and still believes that the so-called “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a virulent anti-Jewish book highly popular in the Arab world, are true. Haj Amin Husseini took this obscure book with him when he appeared before the “Palestine Commission on the Disturbances of August 1929.”[114
These so-called “Protocols” describe how Jewish “Wise Men” or “Elders” took part in secret meetings to devise a secret conspiracy to achieve world domination. This strange document originated in the 19th century. It was partly the result of a forged document written or rewritten by the Russian Okhrana, the notorious Czarist secret police.
“It was circulated widely, and in 1903 gave the signal for the Kishinev pogrom, in which several thousand Jews were massacred,” writes Konrad Heiden.[115 Heiden was a German journalist who witnessed the rise of the Nazi Party, but left Germany in 1933 because his mother was Jewish and because he was bitterly opposed to Nazism. He had been at many party meetings, even one of the first in 1920, which gave him a unique insight into Nazi affairs and ideology.
Heiden describes how the obscure Protocols became the cornerstone of Nazi ideology. In the year of the communist revolution in Russia, 1917, Alfred Rosenberg, an Estonian of German descent, was studying architecture in Moscow. An unknown man “suddenly stepped into his room, laid down the book and silently departed,” Rosenberg later claimed. To Rosenberg it was a sign of heaven.”[116
Rosenberg left Russia two years after the revolution and settled in Germany. He began to move in extreme right-wing circles. In 1923, he published the bestseller “Die Protokolle der Weisen von Zion und die jüdische Weltpolitik” (“The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and World Politics”). “Each month you see the same Jewish forces at work in all the states,” Rosenberg wrote in the preface to the third edition (1924). “Right now Germany is a victim of unconditional slavery.”[117
Four years earlier, Rosenberg had joined the newly formed Nazi party (NSDAP) and met its leader Adolf Hitler. Hitler was so fascinated by the Protocols that they served as framework for his own book “Mein Kampf.” Rosenberg was rewarded by Hitler in 1934 when he became the official party philosopher and chief racial theorist. Rosenberg’s unreadable “Myth of the Twentieth Century” was also partly based on the Protocols. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to state that the venomenous anti-Semitic propaganda of the Protocols played a decisive role in the biggest pogrom in history – the Holocaust.
Today, the very same Protocols play a highly destructive role in the world of the Islamists (Al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc.).
A 21-year old Palestinian suicide bomber named Hisham Ismail Hamad killed himself and three Israeli soldiers on November 11, 1994. Just six days before, he had taken part in a meeting of an Islamic Jihad terror cell where the “Jewish plan to master the world,” as laid down in the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” was being discussed. “They want to destroy the whole world. We Islamists could never accept such a state. These (= the Protocols) are not empty words…”
Six days later Hisham Ismail took his bicycle and went to an Israeli checkpoint where he blew himself up.[118 Another so-called martyr for the Islamic cause in the name of the Protocols. (In de final months of the war the Nazi’s, too, used “suicide bombers”: teen-age boys from the fanatical “Hitler Youth” armed with grenades or “Panzerfausts” who threw themselves before Russian tanks.)
Article 32 of the Charter of the “Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas” (founded in 1988) says:
“Their (the Zionists’) plan is embodied in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and their present conduct is the best proof of what they are saying.”[119
The Charter refers to “World Zionism, together with imperialistic movements,” which is a kind of Jewish conspiracy for world domination:
“After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on.”[120
We noted already that Alfred Rosenberg wrote the same thing in his 1923 book on Zionism. Hamas later sided with Saddam Hussein, the secular Baathist dictator of Iraq who strongly admired both Hitler and Stalin.[121
Saddam read and felt inspired by Hitler’s Mein Kampf, a book which, for some reason, is still remarkable popular in the Arab world. Saddam’s uncle Khairallah Tulfa supported the pro-Nazi coup plotters in 1941. He was described as “a very tough man, a Nazi and a Fascist.” “Young Saddam was in awe of his uncle’s exploits in the 1941 revolt,” writes Con Coughlin in his biography of Saddam.[122
For many years did Saddam’s Nazi-like regime pay 10,000 dollars to family members of Palestinian suicide bombers many of whom belonged to Hamas or Islamic Jihad.
Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and still reveres Haj Amin Al-Husseini and his Syrian associate and friend Sheikh Izz e-Din (or “Ezzedine”) Al-Qassam (an extremely fanatical Wahhabi jihadist who was killed in November 1935) depicting them as national heroes. (The “Qassam” rockets and the “Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades” – the armed wing of Hamas – are named after Al-Qassam.)
Hamas wants to establish an Islamic state ruled by Sharia law and espouses “nationalism” as part of the Islamic creed (Hamas Charter, articles 11 and 12). Article 15 says: “Jihad for the liberation of Palestine is an individual duty.”
The Protocols are still highly popular in the Arab world and not just among the Islamists. They are incorporated into the teaching material of many Palestinian schools. There was a popular TV series on the Protocols in Egypt in November/December 2002. Seventeen other Arab TV stations bought the rights for the series known as “Horseman without a Horse.” Egyptian Information Minister Safwat Al-Sharif said that airing the series is proper and does not injure other religions. Copies of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” readily and openly available in the country’s markets, were swiflty bought by viewers immediately following the airing of the series.[123
Not only many Sunni Muslims believe that the Protocols are based on facts. Many Shia Muslims also do. The Protocols are propagated by Lebanese Hezbollah and Iranian publishers and state organizations. Hisham Jaber, President of the “Middle East Center for Studies and Public Relations,” invoked the Protocols in a TV broadcast on Hezbollah’s “Al-Manar TV” (July 11, 2005).[124 A new edition of the Protocols was published in Iran in 1985 and has been widely distributed by the “Islamic Propagation Organization,” International Relations Department, Tehran.[125
The Iranians even distribute this kind of venomenous anti-Semitic propaganda at book fairs in Europe. Matthias Küntzel, a German expert on anti-Semitism, visited the Iranian Publishers stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2005 and discovered an English translation of the Protocols published by the Islamic Propagation Organization, a state body:
“The first page of the tract makes clear that Israel is the target of this new edition. It shows a snake made of triangles, enclosing an area labeled ‘Greater Israel’ that includes large parts of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, parts of Turkey and northern Saudi Arabia. Each triangle, according to the annotation, symbolizes the ‘Freemason’s Eye,’ supposedly a ‘symbol of Jewry…’”
‘We present this book,’ reads the Iranian foreword, ‘to expose the real visage of this satanic enemy,’ to ‘burn and wholly destroy this deadly, cancerous tumor.'”[126
It has already been pointed out above that prominent Nazis (Hitler, Rosenberg and Goebbels) also associated the Jews with “Satan” or “the devil.”
Another anti-Semitic book was also on display in Frankfurt: Henry Ford’s “The International Jew,” in a 200-page abbreviated version published by the Iranian “Department of Translation and Publication, Islamic Culture and Relations Organization.” Küntzel was deeply shocked that such notorious anti-Semitic bestellers are on display at the most important book fair in Germany, of all places. Although the distribution of such texts is prohibited by German law, the police and the authorities failed to take action.
In December 2006, Iran hosted an “International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust.” Neo-Nazi Holocaust deniers explained that the Holocaust did not really occur, or they claimed that the number of those killed has been grossly exaggerated. (They probably never saw a document signed by Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler himself and dated December 29, 1942, in which the Reichsführer stated that 363,211 Jews had been executed in a period of just three months.[127) Among those who attended the controversial Tehran conference was Ahmed Rami, a Swedish-Moroccan Holocaust denier who was imprisoned in Sweden for inciting racial hatred.[128 Earlier, the Iranians had granted political asylum to Jürgen Graf, a Swiss Holocaust denier who fled to Iran after he had been convicted in Switzerland.
Denying the Holocaust is very popular among the Palestinians, too. Palestinian historian Issam Sissalem said on Palestinian Television in November 2000: “No Dachau, no Auschwitz, they were desinfecting sites!” An important article on the “Fable of the Holocaust” appeared in the official Palestinian Authority daily “Al-Hayat Al-Jadida” of April 13, 2001: “The 6 million figure is a lie as the ‘vaults in the camp could not have held even one percent of that number.'” “The Palestinians are the true Holocaust victims.”[129
Nazi leaders who were on Trial in Nuremberg also denied they knew anything about the Holocaust. They claimed they could not imagine it had taken place, indeed, they had been opposed to killing Jews. (Julius Streicher, the man who once said that the Jews were cannibals who should be killed, now suddenly claimed he had always been opposed to these killings.).
On July 31, 1941, Field Marshall Herman Göring wrote and signed a letter to SD and SS Gruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich comissioning the latter “to submit to him an overall-plan concerning the organizational, substantive and financial measures for the execution of the desired Final Solution of the Jewish Question.”[130(This letter had been drafted by Eichmann who was a master in deception or “Tarnung”; never did the Nazis write down that they planned to “liquidate” millions of Jews, they usually used words like “Final Solution”, “evacuations” – “Umsiedlung” –, etc.)
But when he appeared before the War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg, Göring simply denied he had ever issued such a directive, denying even it was his own signature at the end of the document and claiming he had no knowledge of what happened to the Jews. (It was the usual Nazi excuse: “Wir haben es nicht gewusst.” “We didn’t know it.”) Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Heydrich’s successor and Eichmann’s boss, also denied his complicity in mass murder.[131
The Holocaust was a state secret, the outside world was not supposed to know about it and those responsible for mass murder played down their own role or denied they had personally signed incriminating documents. Similarly, neo-Nazis and their Iranian friends today deny the Holocaust ever occured.
Anti-Semitism is on the march in Europe, and there are remarkable alliances between neo-Nazis, anti-globalist leftists and Islamists. In Britain, for example, synagogues have been desecrated and Jews have been assaulted by Muslims or Palestinian sympathizers. (The same happened in France, Germany, Holland, Scandinavia; in France a rabbi was stabbed just outside the synagogue and his car was torched in January 2003.) “This indicates a change of direction from which anti-Semitism comes, which is closely connected to the tensions in the Middle East,” a 2003 report on “Manifestations of Anti-Semitism in the European Union” says.[132
The same report quotes French philosopher Pierre-André Taguieff who speaks of a “new planetary judeophobia.” This explains “all world problems by the existence of Israel.” “This ‘new judeophobia,’ which he sees as initially brought about by radical Islamic activists, by the heirs of ‘third-worldism’ and by far-left anti-globalization activists, accuse the Jews of being themselves racist.”[133
In Germany, there was also a dramatic increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2000. This was “due in large part to the Al-Aqsa Intifada which inspired radical Islamists to anti-Semitic incidents and served as a catalyst for extreme right-wing anti-Semites.”[134 For fear of reprisals by radical Muslims, the “European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia” prohibited the publication of this report. European Parliament member Daniel Cohn-Bendit then published the report on Internet.[135
Prof. Dr. Hans Jansen, one of the best Dutch experts on anti-Semitism, published a 1047-page study showing in detail how Nazi anti-Semitism infected the Muslim world. He gave me a CD-rom containing more than 3000 anti-Semitic cartoons from the Arab world and Iran. The Iranian anti-Semitic television series “Blue Eyes” (2005) claims there is a mysterious ship where Jewish doctors perform medical experiments on Muslim children.[136 (Just like Mengele did in Auschwitz.)
Censuring a Dutch University Professor of Judaic Studies
The more than 2000-year old myth of “Jewish cannibalism” is also popular in the Arab world. It claims that Jews drink the blood and eat the flesh of non-Jews. This myth led to many pogroms against Jews in the Middle Ages and after. The Nazi’s, too, propagated it, especially a primitive mind like Julius Streicher in his scandalous periodical “Der Stürmer.” “Jews collect the blood of slaughtered non-Jewish children in bowls,” “Der Stürmer” suggested in May 1934.[137
Pieter van der Horst was Professor of Judaic Studies at the State University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. On the occasion of his retirement in June 2006, Dr. Van der Horst planned to give a final lecture to members of the Utrecht academic community. However, his lecture on “The Myth of Jewish Cannibalism” was unexpectedly censured by University Rector W.H. Gispen.
In the second part of his lecture, Van der Horst wanted to show that this myth was not only very popular among anti-Semites in the past two millennia, but that it also surfaces in the Islamic world of today. Indeed, it is as popular as ever. In the Winter of 2005/2006 Syrian state television aired a program depicting rabbis as cannibals. In 1983, Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass wrote a doctoral dissertation on “The Matza of Zion,” a book which is still a bestseller today and has been translated in many languages. This book makes similar claims, Van der Horst says in the censured part of his lecture.[138
Professor Van der Horst further points to the nefarious role of “Islamo-fascist and Nazi war criminal” Haj Amin Al-Husseini who planned “to establish a death camp near Nablous after his return to Palestine” and who “was immensely popular in the Islamic world.”[139
University Rector Gispen decided that this part of the final lecture could not be delivered because it might be offensive to “well organized Muslim students,” and, consequently, Gispen could not guarantee Van der Horst’s “security.” Van der Horst was flabbergasted and considered the Rector’s decision censorship and an attack on academic freedom, yet he decided to deliver his final lecture in abridged form. Afterwards he gave the unabridged text to the Dutch newspaper “Trouw” which published the censured part of the text.[140 But it did not take long before the editor who published this text, Chris Rutenfrans, was forced to leave his newspaper. His friend Jaffé Vink had already left “Trouw” following a decision by the editor-in-chief that articles in the newspaper should be “less critical of Islam.”[141
Himmler, Heydrich, Eichmann, Al-Husseini and their Nazi SS, also described as “the Order of the Death’s Head,” were diabolical merchants of death, just like today’s Al-Qaeda and the suicide bombers. Indeed, it is this kind of diabolical fanaticism, this deliberate drive toward destructiveness, that Adolf Eichmann shares with Al-Husseini, and shares today with the terrorists from Al-Qaeda and all those suicide bombers who claim to act in Allah’s name. They are the ones who talk about paradise but create hell on earth. They worship death, not life.
It is ironic that both Nazis and Iranian extremists associate the Jews with “Satan.” This is a deflection manoeuvre because the very ones who worshipped evil and death were leading Nazis themselves (Hitler, Rosenberg, Himmler, Heydrich, Goebbels, etc.), and those who preach doom and gloom today are Muslim extremists like Osama bin Laden and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Their example is Haj Amin Al-Husseini, an evil genius and a fanatic like Eichmann: “Kill the Jews wherever you find them…”
Writing in the early 1940s, Erich Fromm says that the “ideals” of the Fascists are “definitely directed against life.” “Fascism,” says Fromm, “proclaims self-sacrifice as the highest virtue and impresses many people with its idealistic character.” “A Fascist , who is driven by the desire to subordinate himself to a higher power and at the same time to overpower other people, has an ideal.” But “we must recognize the difference between genuine and fictious ideals.”[142
Exactly the same applies to today’s suicide bombers, Hamas and Al-Qaeda. Their paradise is pure imagination, fiction. (They talk going to paradise and the “72 beautiful virgins” waiting for the one who blows himself up killing as many others as possible.) Fromm: “This attraction to what is harmful in life is the phenomenon which more than any other deserves the name of pathological subversion.”[143
The ideal of an “Islamic state” is a kind of utopia, just like the Marxist utopia of the “classless society.” These utopias will never be realized. (Look at the mess in Afghanistan after the Taliban forced their merciless rule on the people, stoning poor defenseless women to death.)
Hitler’s so-called “Thousand Year Reich” did not last more than twelve years. (Another dangerous utopia, plunging mankind into a war never seen and experienced before.) Today, the Jihadi Salafists also want to plunge the world into a “holy war” against the infidels to realize their idiotic utopia.
Haj Amin Al-Husseini had his “ideals,” too: he wanted an Islamic state on earth ruled by Sharia law, and he wanted the Nazis to win the war and kill as many Jews as possible. Jews who, in his view, had no right to live in his Palestine. (Instead, it is better to send them to the death camps in Poland…) It was their common hatred of the Jews that brought dangerous fanatics like Eichmann and Haj Amin Al-Husseini together. And it is their common hatred of the Jews that brings neo-Nazis and Islamists together today.
Emerson Vermaat is an investigative reporter in the Netherlands specialized in crime and terrorism. His website is: http://www.emersonvermaat.com.
The author wishes to thank Dr. Perry Pierik, a Dutch historian specialized in German history, for providing information on the “SS Handzar Division” and on Haj Amin Al-Husseini’s possible visit to Yemen (The Rosenblatt/Megilat Hajeshuah-document).
[1 Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Die Grundlagen des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts, Vol. 1 (Munich: F. Bruckmann A.-G., 1915; 11th printing), p. 460 (“…wen durchschauerte es nicht mit fast unheimlicher Bewunderung, wenn er einen Mohammedaner in den Tod sehen sieht…)
[2 Alfred Rosenberg, Der Mythus des 20. Jahrhunderts. Eine Wertung der seelisch-geistigen Gestaltenkämpfe unserer Zeit (Munich: Hoheneichen-Verlag, 1936), p. 515 (“Mohammed erzwang dazu Befolgung seiner Lehren, während Konfuzius in stillerer Auswirkung chinesisches Volkstum schuf und erhielt.”)
[3 Ibid., p. 665. (“Vor diesem einst vielleicht geeinigten Hass der farbigen Rassen und Bastarde, geführt von fanatischen Geiste Mohammeds, haben die weissen Rassen mehr denn je alle Ursache auf der Hut zu sein.”)
[4 Bernard Lewis, Semites and Anti-Semites. An Inquiry into Conflict and Prejudice (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1999). p. 28.
[5 Klaus Gensicke, Der Mufti von Jerusalem und die Nationalsozialisten. Eine politische Biographie Amin el-Husseinis (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2007), p. 82.
[6 Alfred Rosenberg, Der Staatsfeindliche Zionismus. Auf Grund jüdischer Quellen erläutert (Hamburg: Deutsche Verlagsanstalt, 1922), p. 63 (“Ein jüdisch kontrolliertes Palestina könnt zum Kristallisationspunkt der jüdischen Weltherrschaftsideen, zum jüdischen Aufmarsch für Weltbewucherung werden.”)
[7 Hans Günther Seraphim, Das politische Tagebuch Alfred Rosenbergs (Munich: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1964), p. 244, 247, 253 (“Weltanschauliche Thesen,” July 1939).
[8 Alfred Rosenberg, Der Mythus des 20 Jahrhunderts, op. cit., p. 76, 78, 134, 414, 604, 622. In his book Das Wesengefüge de Nationalsozialismus (Munich: Verlag Frz. Eher Nachf., 1932, p. 40, 41) does Rosenberg strongly criticize the church but he also says that ideology can both exclude and include religion. “The National Socialist movement is people’s politics based on a new and yet age-old and strongly founded ideology of the value of the blood. It seeks to protect the good blood, whether one believes this is a creation of God or whether one sees it as the law of nature.”
[9 Walter Künneth, Antwort auf den Mythus, (Berlin: In Wichern-Verlag, 1935), p. 64, 74 (“Wer an das Alte Testament rührt, rührt an die Offenbarung Gottes.“) Dr. Walter Künneth, a former Professor of Systematic Theology at Erlangen University, died in October 1997. He was 97 years old when he died, a strong and impressive personality who continued to write books and articles for quite a long time. I met Professor Künneth many times and interviewed him for Dutch television in May 1978. He was friend, a mentor.
[10 Walter Künneth, Lebensführungen. Der Wahrheit verpflichtet (Wuppertal: R. Brockhaus Verlag. 1979), p. 154. 157.
[11 Alfred Rosenberg, Der Mythos des 20.Jahrhunderts, op. cit.
[12 Friedrich Heer, Der Glaube des Adolf Hitler. Anatomie einer politischen Religiosität (Munich and Esslingen: Bechtle Verlag, 1968), p. 405 (“satanische Juden”).
[13 Claus-Ekkehard Bärsch, Die politische Religion des Nationalsozialismus. Die religiöse Dimension der NS-Ideologie in den Schriften von Dietrich Eckart, Joseph Goebbels, Alfred Rosenberg und Adolf Hitler (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 1998), p. 320.
[14 Ibid., p. 125. (“Der Jude ist wohl der Antichrist der Weltgeschichte.”)
[15 Ibid., p. 126, 127.
[16 Memri TV, Iranian Professor Qanbari on Jews throughout history, November 11, 2004, clip No. 383 (Iranian Television). See also: Hans Jansen, Van Jodenhaat naar Zelfmoordterrorisme. Islamisering van het Europese Antisemitisme in het Midden-Oosten (Heerenveen: Uitgeverij Groen, 2006), p. 344-346. This 1047-page study is one of the most thorough Dutch studies on Arab and Iranian inspired anti-Semitism. Professor Jansen is an authoritative Dutch theologian specialized Jewish affairs, anti-Semitism and church history. He is currently associated with the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Brussels.
[17 Hadassa Ben-Itto, “Die Protokolle der Weisen von Zion.” Anatomie einer Fälschung (Berlin: Aufbau-Verlag, 1998), p. 331, 332, 341 (“…gäbe es eine jüdische Weltverschwörung, dann müsste man akzeptieren, dass die gesamte Geschichte nur ein schöner Schein sei, ein Betrug, auf den alle Historiker hereinfielen.” This is what Basel University Professor Arthur Baumgarten said during a court session in Basel, Switzerland, in April 1935; Baumgarten left his university post in Frankfurt, Germany, after the Nazis came to power.)
[18 Chuck Morse, The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism. Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin Al-Husseini (www.google.books.com), p. 17.
[19 Jilian Becker, The PLO. The Rise and Fall of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1984), p. 15, 16.
[20 Howard M. Sachar, A History of Israel. From the Rise of Zionism to our Time (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1977), p. 170.
[21 Chuck Morse, op. cit., p. 20.
[22 Hans Jansen, Van Jodenhaat naar Zelfmoordterrorisme. Islamisering van het Europese Antisemitisme in het Midden-Oosten (Heerenveen: Uitgeverij Groen, 2006), p. 109.
[23 Howard M. Sachar, op. cit., p. 174; Jilan Becker, op. cit., p. 17.
[24 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amin_al-Husayni, Palestine Commission on the Disturbances of August 1929, Minutes of Evidence (London: 1930), Vol. 2, p. 527, 537.
[26 Chuck Morse, op. cit., p. 30, 31.
[27 Klaus Gensicke, Der Mufti von Jerusalem und die Nationalsozialisten. Eine politische Biographie Amin el-Husseinis (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2007), p. 183. Gensicke’s book, originally a doctoral dissertation published in the 1980s but now fully updated, is one of the best German studies on the Mufti. It is partly based on German Foreign Office documents.
[28 Ibid., p. 29.
[29 Howard M. Sachar, op. cit., p. 211.
[30 Ibid., p. 211.
[31 Matthias Küntzel. Jihad und Judenhass. Über den neuen antijüdischen Krieg (Freiburg: ca-ira Verlag, 2003), p. 37.
[32 Howard M. Sachar, op. cit., p. 211, 228.
[33 Lukasz Hirszowicz, The Third Reich and the Arab East (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul/Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1966), p. 138 (“Haj Amin’s private secretary points to still another cause of the coup d’état: ‘Primarily as a result of the favourable news of the Berlin conversations, which I was able to convey, the Iraqi army decided to seize power and entrust Kilani (=Kailani. V.) with forming a new government.'”)
[34 Klaus Gensicke, op. cit., p. 48, 50, 51.
[35 Lukasz Hirszowicz, p. 139.
[36 Winston S. Churchill, The Second World War, Vol. 3, The Grand Alliance (London: The Reprint Society, 1952), p. 214.
[37Lukasz Hirszowicz, op. cit., p. 154; Klaus Gensicke, op. cit., p. 29.
[3 Ibid., p. 151, 166.
[39 Winston S. Churchill, op. cit., p. 214, 215.
[40 F.H. Hinsley, E.E. Thomas, C.F.G Ransom and R.C. Knight, British Intelligence in the Second World War. Its Influence on Strategy and Operations, Vol. One (London: Her Majesty’s Stationary Office, 1979. p. 366, 367. (“The SIS claimed that the fault lay with the failure of the Eastern Department of the Foreign Office to forward its reports to the Whitehall Service departments.”)
[41 Klaus Gensicke, op. cit., p. 88, 89.
[42 Gerhard Höpp (Ed.), Mufti-Papiere. Briefe, Memoranden, Reden und Aufrufe Amin Al-Husseinis aus dem Exil, 1940-1945 (Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 2004), p. 18, 19 (written in French). Letters to Von Papen (in French), see p. 15, 16.
[43 Klaus Gensicke, op. cit., p. 38 (“Wir werden weiterhin die Unruhe in Fernost und in Arabien schüren. Denken wir als Herren, und sehen wir in diesen Völkern bestenfalls lackierte Halbaffen, die die Knute spüren wollen.”)
[44 Henry Picker, Hitlers Tischgespräche im Führerhauptquartier (Stuttgart: Seewald Verlag, 1976), p. 355.
[45 Ibid., p. 403 (July 1942).
[46 Bernard Lewis, op. cit., p. 147.
[47 Klaus Gensicke, op. cit., p. 144-148.
[48 Ibid., p. 152.
[49 Lukasz Hirszowicz, op. cit., p. 184, 195.
[50 Howard M. Sachar, op. cit., p. 228.
[51 Klaus Gensicke, op. cit., p. 170, 180.
[52 Ibid., p. 51-56.
[53 NS-Archiv, Dokumente zum Nationalsozialismus, Der Gross Mufti von Jerusalem beim Führer, November 28, 1941 (http:www.ns-archiv.de/verfolgung/antisemitismus/Mufti/in_berlin.shtml; see also: Lukasz Hirszowicz, op. cit., p. 218, 219.
[54 Lukasz Hirszowicz, op. cit., p. 221, 222.
[55 Klaus Gensicke, op. cit., p. 76-90. Page 80: “Berlin war der ganze Konflikt zwischen den beiden arabischen Führern peinlich.”
[56 Claus-Ekkehard Bärsch, op. cit., p. 136-139.
[57 Bradley F. Smith and Agnes F. Peterson, Heinrich Himmler. Geheimreden 1933 bis 1945 (Frankfurt/M: Propyläen Verlag, 1974), p. 85, 86.
[58 Ibid., p. 15 (“Karma des Germanentums”).
[59 Ibid., p. 237 (“…des von Herr Gott gesandten Führers…”).
[60 Friedrich Heer, op. cit., p. 247 (“Wer nicht für mich ist, ist gegen mich. Mir mir, mit meiner Bewegung ist der Allmächtige.”); Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (London: Hurst & Blankett, 1939), p. 66 (“And so I believe to-day that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord.”)
[61 Hans-Peter Raddatz, Allah und die Juden. Die islamische Renaissance des Antisemitismus (Berlin: WJS Verlag, 2007), p. 250; Klaus Gensicke, op. cit., p. 57. Gensicke mentions how a German ambassador, Dr. von Stohrer, also emphasized the importance of studying the Koran. Some Koran verses are “prophetic words which refer to the coming of the Führer,” von Stohrer said.
[62 Gerhard Höpp (Ed.), op. cit., p. 187.
[63 Telegram from Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler to “Gross Mufti Amin el Husseini,” November 2, 1943 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Himmler_to_Mufti_telegram_1943.png).
[64 Gerhard Höpp (Ed.), op. cit., p. 124-126.
[65 Ibid., p. 212, 123.
[66 Perry Pierik, Muitende moslims. De geschiedenis van de 13.Waffengebirgsdivision der SS ‘Handschar’ (kroat. Nr. 1), in: Derde Bulletin van de Tweede Wereldoorlog (Soesterberg: Aspekt Publishers, 2001), p. 28-32.
[67 Based on interviews the author made in Sarajevo with members of the Jewish community (December 1993). See also: Daniel Carpi, The Rescue of Jews in the Italian Zone of Occupied Croatia, in: Rescue Attempts during the Holocaust (Jerusalem, Yad Vashem, 1977), p. 465-525. Page 473: “Thus, for example, the Italian Chief of Staff in Mostar had only recently announced that he would not agree to the deportation of Jews form the city, since it was against the declared policy of the Italians, who granted full equality to all residents.”
[68 Perry Pierik, op. cit., p. 35-38.
[69 Noel Malcolm, Bosnia. A Short History (London: Macmillan, 1994), p. 190.
[70 Ibid., p. 191 (March 1943 must be March 1944).
[71 Klaus Gensicke, op. cit.. p. 154, 155.
[72Ibid., p. 155, 156. The Muslim Brotherhood also condemned the assassination and suddenly distanced themselves from the ex-Mufti.
[73 Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, Vol. 2 (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1990), p. 704; Enzyklopädie des Holocaust. Die Verfolgung und Ermordung der europäischen Juden (Munich: R. Piper, 1995), Band (Vol.) II, p. 631.
[74 Ibid. (Enlarged and updated German edition).
[75 Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem. A Report on the Banality of Evil (Harmondsworth/New York: Penguin Books, 1976, first published in 1963), p. 13.
[76 The Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Record of the Proceedings in the District Court of Jerusalem, Vol. IV (Jerusalem: State of Israel/Ministry of Justice. 1992), p . 1451, 1452.
[77 Ibid., Vol. V, p. 2028.
[78 Chuck Morris, op. cit., p. xvii (Introduction).
[79 Bericht über die Palestina-Ägyptenreise von SS-Hauptscharführer Eichmann und SS-Oberscharführer Hagen, Berlin, November 4, 1937, G II 112 26-3, Hg/Pi), p. 22 (“Die Flucht des Mufti wird aber entgegen den zuerst gebrachten Meldungen von den meisten national denkenden Arabern nicht gebilligt. Er soll deshalb auch erheblich an Einfluss verloren haben.”)
[80 The Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Record of the Proceedings in the District Court of Jerusalem,., Vol. I, p. 243, Vol. IV, p. 1456, Vol. V, p. 2168; Bericht über die Palestina-Ägyptenreise von SS-Hauptscharführer Eichmann und SS-Oberscharführer Hagen, op. cit., p. 1-3.
[81 Ibid., Vol. I, p. 243, 244. For a detailed study on the origins of the Final Solution, see: Christopher Browning, The Origins of the Final Solution (Lincoln: University of Nabraska Press, 2004), p. 36-43.
[82 Gideon Hausner, Justice in Jerusalem. The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1967), p. 345.
[83 The Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Record of the Proceedings in the District Court of Jerusalem, Vol. IV, p. 1790.
[84 Ibid., Vol. II, p. 915.
[85 Ibid., Vol. III, p. 1141, 1354, 1355 (“The Arabic above the word ‘Eichmann’ is in the Mufti’s handwriting.”)
[86 Ibid., Vol IV, p. 1790.
[87 Ibid., Vol. V, p. 2028.
[88 Maurice Pearlman, The Mufti of Jerusalem (London: Victor Gollancz, 1947), p. 73 (quoting testimony given at the Nuremberg trials in 1946); Jilian Becker, op. cit., p. 28.
[89 Israel Nieuwsbrief (The Hague: CIDI), May 21, 2006 (21/7), p. 1 (interview with Dutch Auschwitz survivor Ernst Verduin).
[90 Klaus Gensicke, op. cit., p. 208, footnote 55.
[91 Ibid., p. 111.
[92 Ibid., p. 141 (speech by the Mufti on 2 November 1943).
[93 Gerhard Höpp, op. cit., p. 180, 181. The two Mufti letters were written in French and dated June 28, 1943 (translated from French by the author).
[94 Michael Bar-Zohar, Beyond Hitler’s Grasp. The Heroic Rescue of Bulgaria’s Jews (Holbrook, Massachusetts: Adams Media Corporation, 1998).
[95 Martin Gilbert, Descent into Barbarism. A History of the 20th Century 1934-1951 (London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1999), p. 423.
[96 The Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Record of the Proceedings in the District Court of Jerusalem, op. cit., Vol. I. p. 244.
[97Ibid., Vol. III, p. 1138.
[98 Ibid., p. 1139.
[99Klaus Gensicke, op. cit., p. 107.
[100 Ibid., p. 106-108 (“Durch die Sonderstellung Bulgariens und die dadurch für Deutschland entstandenen Probleme kam die wiederholte Einmischung des Mufti in die ‘Judenfrage’ den Deutschen recht ungelegen.”)
[101 Gerhard Höpp, op. cit., p. 216; Joseph B. Schechtman, The Mufti and the Führer. The Rise and Fall of Haj Amin el-Husseini (New York/London: 1965), appendix 4.
[102 Gideon Hausner, op. cit., p. 147.
[103 The Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Record of the Proceedings in the District Court of Jerusalem, op. cit., Vol V, p. 2030; Gideon Hausner, op. cit., p. 101 (“At the end even Himmler, whom he adored, found it difficult to curb him when a halt was called to the killings.”)
Hitlers Helfer, ZDF (German TV), April 7, 1998. (“Ich weiss der Krieg ist verloren, aber ich werde meinen Krieg noch gewinnen.”)
[105 Hans Safrian, Eichmann und seine Gehilfen (Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1995), p. 304. (“Mit welcher Verbissenheit Eichmann und seine Männer bestrebt waren, noch mehr Juden ihrem Verderben auszuliefern, zeigte sich bereits im Juli 1944.”)
[106 Gideon Hausner, op. cit., p. 6 (“demonic personality”), 13 (“satanic principles”).
[107 Heinz Höhne, Der Orden unter dem Totenkopf. Die Geschichte der SS (Essen/Munich: Magnus Verlag/Bertelsmann, 1976).
[108 Klaus Gensicke, op. cit., p. 103; Lukasz Hirszowicz, op. cit., p. 311; Gerhard Höpp, op. cit., p. 211.
[109 Gerhard Höpp, op. cit., p. 114 (speech on the radio, November 25, 1942).
[110 Megilat Hajeshuah (Book of the Salvation of the Jews of Yemen in the year 1936), document provided to the author by Dr. Perry Pierik, historian, and W. Roosenblatt. All the information on the Mufti’s (possible) visit to Yemen is from this document.
[111 Bruce Lawrence (Ed.), Messages to the World. The Statements by Osama bin Laden (London/New York, Verso, 2005), p. 125.
[112 Ibid., p. 190.
[113 Khaled Hroub, Hamas. Political Thought and Practice (Washington, DC: Institute for Palestine Studies), p. 13, 14.
[114 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/mohammad_amin_+al_Husayni#_note-11; Palestine Commission on the Disturbances of August 1929, Minutes of Evidence (London: 1930), Vol. 2, p. 527, 537.
[115 Konrad Heiden, Der Fuehrer. Hitler’s Rise to Power (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1944), p. 11.
[116 Ibid., p. 4, 31.
[117 Alfred Rosenberg, Die Protokollen der Weisen von Zion und die jüdische Weltpolitik (Reprint: Deutscher Volksverlag Dr. Boepple, Munich; first published in July 1923, third editon in October 1924), p. 2, 3.
Hadassa Ben-Itto, op. cit., p. 398, 399. See also Kenneth Timmerman’s article in The Jerusalem Post, 25 November 1994.
[119 The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), 18 August 1988 (www.mideastweb.org/hamas.htm).
[121 Emerson Vermaat, Dossier Irak Eenvandaag (Dutch TV), 19 January 2003 (an illustrated research paper on the history of Iraq available on the Internet, Google: www.eenvandaag.nl + dossier irak + emerson vermaat). See also: Con Coughlin, Saddam. The Secret Life (London: Macmillan, 2002), p. 6, 121 (“Having drawn on Stalins’ example to create a totalitarian regime, Saddam was now looking to Hitler for clues on how to improve his popularity.”)
[122 Con Coughlin, op. cit., p.13.
[123 Ha’aretz, 10 November 2002 (“Galloping Anti-Semitism”); NRC Handelsblad, 18 December 2002, p. 3 (“Ambassadeur Egypte berispt over tv-serie”), 20 December 2002, p. 4 (“Antisemiet heeft geen soap nodig”); Associated Press, 23 October 2002 (“Egyptian Television to air series based on Anti-Semitic book”).
 Jewish World Review. September 8, 2005 (“HBO’s ‘Protocols of Zion'”). Also several quotes from Arab media.
[125 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Protocols_of_the_Elders_of_Zion; http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protokolle_der_Weisen_von_Zion; Bernard Lewis, op. cit., p. 211.
[126 Matthias Küntzel, The Booksellers of Tehran, in: Wall Street Journal Online, 28 October 2005.
[127 Der Reichsführer SS, Feld-Kommandostelle, 29 December 1942, Betr.: Meldungen an den Führer über Bandenbekämpfung, Meldung Nr. 61: Russland Süd, Ukraine, Bialystok, Bandenbekämpfungserfolge von 1.9 bis 1.12.1942, 2c: Juden exekutiert: 363211 (copy in author’s files on Nazi Germany). The deployment of SS Einsatzgruppen who were largely responsible for these mass killings, marked only the beginning – the first phase – of the Holocaust which culminated in the death camps.
[129 Palestinian Media Watch, PA Holocaust Denial (www.pmw.org.il/new/holocaust.htm#holo7).
[130 Der Reichsmarschall des Grossdeutschen Reiches, Beauftragter für den Vierjahresplan, Vorsitzender des Ministerrats für die Reichsverteidigung (Göring), an den Chef des Sicherheitspolizei und des SD, SS-Gruppenführer Heydrich, Berlin, 31 July 1941 (copy in author’s files on Nazi Germany): “Ich beauftrage Sie weiter, mir in Bälde einen Gesamtentwurf über die organisatorischen, sachlichen und materiellen Vorausmassnahmen zur Durchführung der angestrebten Endlösung der Judenfrage vorzulegen.”
[131 Gideon Hausner, op. cit., p. 85, 86 (Görings signature, but denying complicity in mass murder), p. 87 (“It was Eichmann who drafted Göring’s historical directive.”)
[132 Werner Bergmann and Juliane Wetzel, Manifestations of Anti-Semitism in the European Union. Synthesis Report on behalf of the EUMC (Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung, Technische Universität Berlin, 2003), p. 96.
[133 Ibid., p. 67.
[134 Ibid., p. 47.
[135 Tageschau (German TV), 4 December 2003 (“Strittige Studie zu Antisemitismus in EU veröffentlicht”). World Jewish Congres Vice President Elan Steinberg commented as follows: “Ich denke, der EU ist nicht bereit sich mit dem heiklen Problem des Antisemitismus unter Muslims auseinanderzustetzen die in Europa die grösste Minderheit bilden.” See also: NRC Handelsblad, 28 November 2003, p. 4 (“Tussen Islamofobie en Antisemitisme”).
[136 Hans Jansen, op. cit., p. 931.
[137 Pieter W. van der Horst, De Mythe van het Joodse Kannibalisme (Soesterberg: Uitgeverij Aspekt, 2006), p. 36.
[138 Ibid., p. 37, 38.
[139 Ibid., p. 42, 43.
[140 Trouw/Letter & Geest, 24 June 2006, p. 1-3 (“De Verboden Tekst”).
[141HP De Tijd, 7 July 2006, p. 22 (“Jaffé Vink: ‘Haar naam heeft een fascinerende klank, vind je niet?'”)
[142 Erich Fromm, Fear of Freedom (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1960; first published in England in 1942), p. 229, 231.
[143 Erich Fromm, Ibid., p. 230.