Hitler’s Mufti

by Jimmy Akin

in History

Rabbi David G. Dalin writes:

Many readers of the New York Times no doubt believe that Pope Pius XII was “Hitler’s Pope.” John Cornwell’s bestselling book told them that, and it’s been reaffirmed by Garry Wills, Daniel Goldhagen and other writers since. It’s been said so often in fact that most well-read liberals know it for a certainty. The only trouble is: it isn’t true.

Not only does it contradict the words of Holocaust survivors, the founders of Israel, and the contemporary record of the New York Times, but even John Cornwell, the originator of the phrase “Hitler’s pope,” has recanted it saying that he was wrong to have ascribed evil motives to Pius and now found it “impossible to judge” the wartime pope.

But there’s something else that has been ignored nearly all together. Precisely at the moment when Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church in Rome (and throughout Europe) was saving thousands of Jewish lives, Hitler had a cleric broadcasting from Berlin who called for the extermination of the Jews.

He was Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the viciously anti-Semitic grand mufti of Jerusalem, who resided in Berlin as a welcome guest and ally of the Nazis throughout the years of the Holocaust.

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BillyHW August 4, 2005 at 3:25 am

Oh boy oh boy! I can’t wait for my tax-funded CBC to give hours and hours of airtime interviewing Rabbi Dalin like they did Mr. Cornwell.
I’ll start holding my breath…

Ed Peters August 4, 2005 at 5:55 am

You know about the Muslim brigade of the SS, right? When they ran short of Aryan Nazi’s who could stomach administering the death camps, they starting signing up Muslims to gas the Jews and Poles.

Dan Jasmin August 4, 2005 at 6:42 am

I recently read “Salvation is from the Jews” by Roy Shoeman. He delves into some of the history of anti-semitism starting with Nazi Germany and traces this anti-semitism into much of the Muslim world today. Many who praise Hitler and wish that he had finished what he started. Frightening!

Jon August 4, 2005 at 6:46 am

I see where BillyHW has turned blue and passed out…

arthur August 4, 2005 at 8:07 am

Haj Amin el-Husseini was one of the truly great scumbags on the 20th century. He’s also one of the least known. I remember my father complaining to my grandfather at Shabbat dinner once when I was a kid in the 70’s that they weren’t even teaching about him in my Hebrew school.
And not only was Haj Amin the anti-semite’s anti-semite and one of Hitler’s best buds, but he was also more than willing to use violence and intimidation to terrorise his fellow Arabs for his own personal political gain.
Anybody who is interested in reading more about him should get a copy of the oral history “O Jerusalem” by Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre. It’s about the 1948 Arab-Israeli war (and particularly the siege of Jerusalem), but delves a great deal into the personalities involved, especially Haj Amin.

Patrick August 4, 2005 at 8:27 am

Should we be doing this? We are not supposed to judge anyone, either as bad or good.

BillyHW August 4, 2005 at 9:02 am

I remember reading a book once written by a soldier in the German army on the Eastern-South Eastern front and he recalled encountering a unit of muslims trained by the SS. Can’t remember if he said they were Turks or Balkan muslims.
(There, I’ve wasted my last few molecules of O2 in the blood stream writing that…Goodbye cruel world!)

BillyHW August 4, 2005 at 9:05 am

Should we be doing this? We are not supposed to judge anyone, either as bad or good.
I don’t see anybody judging anybody.

Publius August 4, 2005 at 9:22 am

I think he was talking about this: “Haj Amin el-Husseini was one of the truly great scumbags on the 20th century.”

BillyHW August 4, 2005 at 10:48 am

Such a statement is graphic, but gives no indication whether the author thinks the munificent mufti should go to heaven or hell. It is merely an acknowledgment of el-Husseini’s abundant manifest grave sins. If admonishment of another’s sin is a spiritual work of mercy, then surely merely acknowledging the existence of such sins is not sinful.
Also, Arthur is Jewish (I think), so he isn’t bound by New Covenant precepts.

arthur August 4, 2005 at 11:05 am

Yes I am Jewish (and therefore not unbiased) and yes it was a judgemental comment. But I think that anyone who does any research into the life of Haj Amin el-Husseini would come to the same judement about him, his life and his character.

Mary August 4, 2005 at 6:52 pm

Didn’t know they recruited Muslims for the Holocaust, but am not surprised.
They recruited Slavs — Poles, etc. — and then they pointed out these subhuman Slavs, they enjoy this filthy business.
(Yes, Germans were supposed to find the Holocaust unpalatable. One order referred events that are repugnant to the soldiers as Germans, and on the grounds, ordered them not to gawk at them, or take pictures. . . .)

avicenna August 5, 2005 at 4:30 am

Just a technicality: arabs (be they muslims or christians) are semites as well – so it would be difficult to be “anti-semitic” (although, not impossible). After all is said and done, it is wiser not to look for divisions and differences between races, ethnicities, and religions to justify any kind of discrimination (including land claims) – since we are all sketched on the same fabric. The challenge faced by our suicidal species is to progress both mentally and spiritually to a level we are no longer motivated by a “herd mentality” – an “us” vs “them” perspective is primitive if not destructive.

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