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Monday, 26 April 2010

Reading List: Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World, by Jeffrey Herf

Adolf Hitler portrait, bust, 3/4 facing right.Image via Wikipedia
Telegraph:
"Your only hope for rescue is the destruction of the Jews before they destroy you!" Hitler said in a 1942 message, one of thousands broadcast across the Middle East in an attempt to woo the Arab world.
In a broadcast aimed at provoking an anti-Semitic uprising in Egypt, he said: "A large number of Jews who live in Egypt, along with Poles, Greeks, Armenians and Frenchmen, have guns and ammunition.
 "Some Jews in Cairo have even asked the British authorities to set up machine guns on the roofs of their houses," he claimed.
But the Nazi's wartime broadcasts had remained a largely hidden chapter in the history of the war until the transmissions were unearthed by a US scholar, who believes they have fuelled continuing unrest in the Middle East.

"The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians would have been over long ago were it not for the uncompromising, religiously inspired hatred of the Jews that was articulated and given assistance by Nazi propagandists and continued after the war by Islamists of various sorts," said Jeffrey Herf, a history professor at the University of Maryland.
In his new book, "Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World", Mr Herf argues that Nazi propagandists offered a message that neatly dovetailed with underlying prejudice. "Islamic fundamentalism, like European totalitarianism in the 20th century, was and is a mixture of very old and very modern elements.
"It is also a product of a mixture of some indigenous currents in the history of Islam with the hatred of democracy, liberalism and the Jews that were so central to National Socialism.
 Really interesting book.

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2 comments:

MK said...

Just like the common hatred of Jews that infects the liberal world today, they have a lot in common with muslims.

Claudia said...

Yep, that's why the Nazi propaganda about the Jews has continued till today.

It's interesting that, while Jews all over the world are blamed for the conflict, no one blames Palestinians all over the world. When I ask this to people, they just don't know what to answer. Just because the only answer would be judeophobia.

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