You know what’s desperately missing from Holocaust education?
The vast and violent influence of Nazis on the Arab world.
The collaborationist governments. The Farhud and other pogroms influenced by Nazis. And the long lasting idolizing of Hitler across the MENA region.
Probably most notable is the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS under the command of the Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini.
al-Husseini recommended to the Hungarian minister to send the Jewish population of to the Nazi camps in Poland rather than let them find asylum in Palestine. It is estimated that the Mufti’s appeal cost the lives of at least 400,000 Jews by denying them passage to Palestine.
Hitler himself made it a point to embrace the Muslim world and their joint fight against the Jews. He met regularly with Arab leaders including the Saudi King Abdullah.…
The Nazi government developed a cordial association and cooperated with some Arab nationalist leaders, including the 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine, and the Anglo-Iraqi War, when the Golden Square led by Rashid Ali al-Gaylani, installing a pro-Axis government.
The results were devastating for the Jews of Iraq. The pogrom known as Farhud, took place in 1941, where in two days, rioters murdered between 150-180 Jews, injured 600, raped an undetermined number of women, looted 1,500 stores and homes.…
Führer Directive No. 30 was a directive issued by Adolf Hitler during World War II. It ordered German support for Iraq's Arab nationalists.
Massive Nazi propaganda was launched in the Arab world, aimed at influencing the new generation of political thinkers and activists.
Erwin Rommel was almost as popular as Hitler. "Heil Rommel" was reportedly a common greeting in Arab countries. Posters in Arabic stating "In heaven God is your ruler, on earth Hitler" were frequently displayed in shops in the towns of Syria.
Rommel was the man Afrikakorps.
The Syrian Social Nationalist Party established in 1932, is probably the best example of political cloning in the Arab world of the Nazi party. Some claim that the Ba’ath party was also deeply influenced by Nazi ideology.
Nazi literature popularity was widespread in in Egypt.
SSNP adopted their character from Nazis. Its emblem resembles a swastika, the party anthem was "Syria, Syria, über alles" same tune as the German national anthem. Antoun Saadeh founded the party with the idea that Syrians were "a distinctive and naturally superior race".
Several emerging movements in the Arab world were influenced by European fascist and Nazi organizations during the 1930s. The Young Egypt Party ("Green shirts") closely resembled the Hitler Youth.
The fascist pan-Arabist Al-Muthanna Club participated in the 1941 Farhud pogrom.
This is not the response I was expecting from fellow Jews when talking about the collaboration in the Arab world that has led to death of Jews in Iraq, Tunisia, and Hungary, and prevented safe passage to Palestine to countless Jews who could have been saved from the Holocaust.
1937, the mufti made his way to Berlin, where he was warmly welcomed and paid considerable sums of money by various Nazi ministries for work that included propaganda and recruitment. Himmler himself ordered that the mufti receive 1 million Reichsmarks.…

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