Skip to comments.The Most Enduring Legacy Of Nazi Hate
Posted on 04/25/2010 6:21:51 AM PDT by Kaslin
On February 1, 1944, two unlikely allies in the United States SenateRobert Wagner (D-New York) and Robert Taft (R-Ohio)introduced a resolution that caused shockwaves around the globe. Their initiative advocated American support for free and unlimited entry of Jews into Palestine for the creation of a Jewish commonwealth. This was a bold move and one that put the Roosevelt administration on the spot.
Nearly five years earlier, the British government had released a White Paper on the issue of Palestineone that largely abandoned the Jewish people in that region. Since the 1917 Balfour Declaration and during the period of the British Mandate they had been largely supportive of Jewish migration to Palestine and the idea of a Jewish state there. In essence, the White Paper changed all of that. It advocated severe limitations on Jewish immigration to Palestinethis at a time when European anti-Semitism was reaching critical mass.
The gang in Berlin was pleased.
Interestingly, at the time of that 1939 White Paper, two men who would later strongly support the creation of the modern state of Israel saw things differently. Winston Churchill spoke to the House of Commons on May 22, 1939 as one intimately and responsibly concerned in the earlier states of our Palestine policy, and insisted that he would not stand by and see the solemn engagements into which Britain has entered before the world set aside.
And here at home, Senator Harry S. Truman from Missouriwho had no clue at the time that hed be a major player on the world stage in a few years--also issued a forthright condemnation that was inserted into the Congressional Record:
Mr. President, the British Government has used its diplomatic umbrella again, (this being an unmistakable dig at Neville Chamberlain) this time on Palestine. It has made a scrap of paper out of Lord Balfours promise to the Jews. It has just added another to the long list of surrenders to the Axis powers.
But instead of embracing the ideas put forth by Taft and Wagner in 1944, the White House, State Department and other powerful entities in the government pulled out all the stops to make sure that the idea of proposing a homeland in Palestine for Jews went away. They did this even though they knew very well about the ongoing mass extermination of European Jews at the hands of the Nazis.
The standard answer to the obvious question as to why the Holocaust evoked little official response from our government until near the end of the war has been to cite isolationism, or economic Depression, or xenophobia in our nation. Presumably, the idea of doing anything overtly pro-Jewish was politically untenableso goes the argument.
But a closer look reveals something else going on at the timeand ever since.
The most lasting legacy of the toxins that created an epochal global conflict is the fact that elements of Nazism in many ways survive to this day in Islamism. The short-sightedness of FDRs cronies was corrected in part by his successor, a man of courage who chose to recognize the new State of Israel eleven minutes after its birth in May of 1948. But the question remains: Why did FDR and company not get on the bandwagon, even while millions of Jews were being slaughtered?
Sadly, the real reason has a lot to do with U.S. surrender to Nazi propagandaits power and content.
Largely overlooked or dismissed in the years since is the fact that the Nazi propaganda machine, the distortion factory that shaped attitudes in Germany throughout the duration of the infamous Third Reich, had its most lasting impact far away from the boroughs and beer halls of Deutschland. In fact, Hitlers nightmarish vision of ridding Europe of Jews was only the beginning of what he wanted to dohe wanted to extend The Final Solution to Palestine.
And he had been preparing the hearts and minds of the Muslim world for many years.
Jeffrey Herf, a professor of history at the University of Maryland, has written an eye-opening book about the effectiveness of Nazi ideas in the Middle East during the Second World War called, Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World. In it, he describes the Nazi campaign for the minds and hearts of the Arab world in great detailparticularly the Axis radio programs that ran in Arabic around the clock from late 1939 until March of 1945.
These broadcasts spewed venomous anti-Semitism and pushed every demagogic button imaginable. They were also highly effective. In fact, long after the last vestige of Nazi rhetoric faded from consciousness in Europe, the poisonous seeds planted back then are still bearing deadly fruit.
The mind-set that gave way to the Third Reich is very much alive and well in the Muslim world of the Middle East.
When those two senatorial strange-bedfellows offered their visionary resolution in 1944 about a Jewish homeland in Palestine, the Axis Broadcasts in Arabic were way ahead of the story. Mr. Herf has accessed a significant cache of transcripts and leaflets produced by the Nazis during the warmaterials that have not been adequately examineduntil now.
So back in 1944, any hopes a couple of well-intentioned voices in Washington might have had to garner widespread national support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine were dashed by forces largely influenced by the hate-speak of Nazi propagandists. Berlin, broadcasting in Arabic, referred to Taft and Wagner as criminal American senators, while announcing, a great tragedy is about to be unfolded, a great massacre, another turbulent war is about to start in the Arab countries.
And in phraseology that sounds eerily familiar to what we still regularly hear from Islamists, the Nazis described the stakes as kill or be killed:
Arabs and Moslems, sons of the East, this menace threatens your very lives, endangers your beliefs and aims at your wealth. No trace of you will remain. Your doom is sealed. It were better if the earth opened and engulfed everybody; it were better if the skies fell upon us, bringing havoc and destruction; all this, rather than the sun of Islam should set and the Koran perish...Stir up wars and revolutions, stand fast against the aggressors, let your hearts, afire with faith, burst asunder! Advance your armies and drive out the menace.
Bear in mind that this is a Nazi broadcast to the Arab/Muslims in Palestine. Of course, the relationship between Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti in Jerusalem, is well known and documented (see my article: Hitlers Favorite Jihadist), but the broadcasts from Berlin to Palestine are just now beginning to be examined. And what is being found is further evidence that to refer to Islamists as Nazi or Fascist-like is no smearor stretch.
The rhetoric broadcasted to the Middle East 70 years ago is still being noised aboutand even more pervasively and effectively. Back then, the attitudes it reinforced, complete with distortion, hate and prejudice, caused U.S. officials, from FDR on down, to go wobblyas Margaret Thatcher would say.
It is sadly clear that the most lasting impact of the Nazi propaganda machine is that murderous ideas espoused back then are alive and well in our day and age and still being used to threaten and kill Jewswhile nouveau wobblers turn away.
the self hating jews....all 82% of those who voted for zer0bama...wonder why?????
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So when the muslims killed jews in Spain during the 11th century it was becasue of Hitler’s speeches? Wow, I had no idea...
Muslims have always killed and persecuted anyone who isn’t muslim. And they always will. It’s part of their ‘religion’ and the example shown to them by their ‘prophet’.
A good Leftist like Hitler just added fuel to the fire. It was all part of Socializing Arabs and Muslims.
The Leftist Nazis in Germany were good at lying with their propaganda and the Leftists in the FDR administration were naive enough to believe it!
Even then leftists were using identity politics...
Much like today. Only back then they didn’t have the examples of Chamberlain and Hitler. We do and still repeat the mistakes made then.
-Disarmament while letting a mortal enemy grow stronger and bolder. Nobody believed Hitler was sincere in his intentions for war and extermination and today people ignore the same statements coming from muslims (once again).
And while Hitler’s ideology was new and unknown, islam’s hostility towards everyone else has been a constant throughout its history. Only when the west was too strong to be contended with did the muslims turn their anger inwards instead while biding their time. Today the west is weakening in strength and will, so now the time is upon us.
“First comes Saturday then comes Sunday...”
Whatever can the muslims mean by such an expression...
From a religious perspective, I find an interesting parallel between Herod and the Nazi’s. Obviously influnced by Lucifer, Herod attempted to kill the bethlehem infants in order to prevent Christ’s comming. Could it be that Lucifer influenced the Nazi’s to kill the world’s Jews in order to prevent Christ’s return?
That could very well be.
Very informative. Thanks for posting.
Not quite: The first written part of the Qu'ran counsels friendship and peace with Christians and Jews, the "peoples of the Book". It's the later parts (written after a Jewish tribe rejected Mohammed's claim to be a prophet and he reacted by committing genocide) that call on Muslims to make war on all non-Muslims, Christians and Jews included. Which is why the odious hermeneutic method of nashk or abrogation which resolves apparent conflicts in the Qu'ran by letting the later-written parts trump the earlier written is as important to the violent nature of most sects of Islam as the text of the Qu'ran itself.
Senator Taft called for a Jewish state in Palestine in 1944? Funny how many of his self proclaimed fans hate Israel.
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