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Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World: With a New Preface Paperback – December 7, 2010
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“Jeffrey Herf provides a vivid history of Nazi propaganda in the Middle East by using an array of newly discovered sources. He not only demonstrates the geographical reach of Nazi Germany''s rhetoric and intentions in its apocalyptic war against the Jews, but also provides important suggestions regarding the development of contemporary anti-Semitism in the Muslim world. A must read for both historians of the Holocaust and those interested in the Middle East conflict.”—Norman Goda, author of Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War
(Norman Goda )
"Herf is a prominent scholar in and is a member of a tiny community of experts who are both familiar with Nazi Germany and the Arab world; so no one like Herf is in a position to complete such a well-founded study on the spread of Nazi propaganda in the Middle East. Herf shows how Nazis employed media in Arabic – such as short-wave radio – to win the Middle East. The dreadful impact of this propaganda has been the pan-Arab nationalist adoption of Nazi ideology. On the top of this impact is the pan-Arab adoption of Nazi anti-Semitism. Therefore, Herf’s book focuses on this issue, analyzing original materials and providing new insights. In the past decades secular pan-Arabism has been replaced by Islamism, but the German Nazi traces of anti-Semitism disclosed in the groundbreaking analysis continues to be in place, despite the Islamization of this ideology. Herf’s book is not only a historical disclosure, but also a major contribution to understanding the Middle East of today in a historical continuity."—Bassam Tibi, Cornell University
(Bassam Tibi )
"A compelling example of the new trans-national historiography, this volume is a major contribution to the history of Nazi Germany and the prehistory of the Arab-Israeli conflict."—Russell A. Berman, Stanford University (Russell A. Berman )
"Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World is the recipient of the 2010 Bronze Book Prize of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy for Nonfiction Books on the Middle East."
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During the Second World War Nazi Germany circulated millions of printed leaflets and broadcast thousands of hours of shortwave radio (all in Arabic) in order to disseminate it's anti-Jewish ideology throughout he Arab world. what this work does is to document the ideas, individuals and institutions behind this initiative. Nazi Germany was at pains to demonstrate to the Muslims that it was anti-Jewish but in no way hostile to other Semitic peoples such as Arabs and Iranians who it professed great admiration and affinity for.
The first Axis broadcasts in Arabic were pioneered by Fascist Italy in it's radio broadcasts on Radio Bari, in 1934. At he same time Hitler, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Heinrich Himmler and officials in the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA) demonstrated a strong determination to make appeals to Arabs and Muslims. Nazi Germany stressed that it was an uncompromising foe of Zionism, which which was to bring much Arab support.
In June 1939 Saudi King Ibn Saud Khalid al-Hud-al Qarqani met with Hitler who assured him of his long standing sympathy for the Arabs and his willingness to offer them 'active assistance',and especially his support for the Arab cause in Palestine and determination to prevent the realization of a Jewish Nation home there.
Fascist Italy broadcast Arabic programmes from 1934 to 1943, Nazi shortwave broadcasts in Arabic commenced in October 1939, and continued until March 1945 on the Nazi German Arab language radio station, the Voice of Free Arabism.Read more ›
Jeffrey Herf, Professor of 20th century German History, provides a detailed look into Nazi ambitions and machinations in the Arab world. The effect of Nazi propaganda on the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa is investigated; from the early 1930s, to World War II, to the postwar years and beyond. Additionally, Herf investigates the long-term impact Nazi propaganda would have on contemporary Middle Eastern popular thought as pertaining to Europe and the Jewish race.
Professor Herf believes that current anti-Jewish / anti-Israeli sentiment and distrust of Western influence in the Middle East has roots in both the propaganda campaign waged by Nazi Germany and the allied counter-propaganda designed to combat it. Herf shows that the aggressive form of propaganda used by the Nazis to push their message of absolute hatred of the Jews lives on in the sort of anti-Jew rhetoric espoused by the Imams, Taliban, and many political leaders of the region.
Just as importantly, Herf addresses the often-overlooked effort put forth by the Third Reich in attempting to turn the hearts and minds of the Arab and Muslim peoples against the enemies of the Axis powers. Of particular interest are the lesser-known efforts of the Nazis to downplay the pro-Aryan elements of their rhetoric and inclusion of these `inferior races' into the Nazi worldview so as to gain their support in securing the region for eventual Nazi occupation. This is certainly a tremendous departure from the traditional view of the Nazis as totalitarian and single-minded in their quest to rid the world of lesser races.
Herf lays out significant evidence supporting his thesis in the form of first-hand accounts and careful review of surviving audio recordings, transcripts, and official correspondence.Read more ›
Germany's strategic target of interest was specifically Suez which presented a lifeline for the British for oil, aviation fuel (see pp209), troops and material support from India. Wrt the Arabs Nazi Germany had both assets and liabilities. On one hand they emphasized British colonialism and compared it to a lack of German colonialism in the ME, promising liberation and independence. Germany's colonial history in Africa and the Pacific appeared not to be a concern On the other hand, Germany's ally Italy had black marks in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Libya, as did Vichy France in Syria and North Africa.Read more ›
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The book provides a very insightful discussion of the Nazi activities in the Arab world. It has a strong historical analysis of the Nazi and Arab activities during World War II. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Dr. Jerrold Katz
Islamic anti-Semitism did not originate with the influence of Hitler at all. It has roots going all the way back to the Prophet Mohammed.To quote [... Read morePublished on April 25, 2010 by Tom Jones