Jeffrey Herf is a professor of history
at the University of Maryland. I've just finished reading his latest book,
Propaganda for the Arab World. There have been
excellent studies of Nazi policy towards the Middle East, one of the earliest
being by Lukasz Hirszowicz, The
Third Reich and the Arab East, published as long ago
as 1966. Hirszowicz was Polish, a one-time Communist, and he had access to
material behind the Iron Curtain. When he defected to the West, I got to know
him, and realized that he was one of those people whose knowledge was really
encyclopedic. The only other person I have known like that was Leo Labedz, the
editor of Survey, in its day the most
authoritative anti-Communist magazine. Leo was also originally from Poland. That
country was in the eye of the storm in Europe, which is presumably why it
produced such brilliant witnesses — survivors might be a better word.
Professor Herf has got hold of new material,
thousands of pages of transcripts of Arabic-language radio broadcasts by Nazi
Germany and Fascist Italy during the Second World War. American or British
diplomats and agents were recording these broadcasts which have then been
deposited in the State Department archives. Several German ministries were
involved, and so were a number of pro-Nazi Arab exiles, the best known of them
being Haj Amin, the mufti of Jerusalem. He got to meet Hitler, Ribbentrop,
Himmler, and others. The message was simple and repetitive: Kill the Jews. None
of these broadcasts saw fit to mention that the Nazis were in the process of
killing Jews by the million, but they kept on exhorting the Arabs and all
Muslims to start what might be called freelance extermination.
What emerges is that two streams of
prejudice fed these broadcasts. One consisted of the incitement to hate Jews
found in some verses of the Koran, and the other consisted of unremitting Nazi
ideology. These two sources fed and reinforced one another. Of course it is
depressing to read this rubbish, especially because it was thought out, worked
up into the big lie that Jews were masters of the world at the very moment when
knowledge of Auschwitz and genocide must have been present in the mind of
everyone connected with the broadcasts.
What strikes hard today is that the equivalent of these
broadcasts of hate is put out ceaselessly by Tehran, by Hamas and Hizbollah, and
an assortment of preachers like Yusuf Qaradawi and Saudi sheikhs. Nazism is dead
and buried in most of the world, in other words, but alive and thriving in the
Arab and Muslim countries. Islamofascist is a very real and applicable term.
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