|The Nazi Mufti!|
The New York Times reported last Saturday that in the immediate wake of World War II, American intelligence officers adapted very quickly to the new reality that Communism was the enemy ~ a little too quickly as it turns out, because it led to turning a blind eye to the war crimes of Germans and Collaborators who promised to help the America resist Stalin's attempt to take over postwar Europe. After World War II, American counter-intelligence recruited former Gestapo officers, SS veterans and Nazi collaborators to an even greater extent than had been previously disclosed (Remember Klaus Barbie ???), and helped many of them avoid prosecution or looked the other way when they escaped, according to thousands of newly declassified documents. With the Soviet Union muscling in on Eastern Europe, “settling scores with Germans or German collaborators seemed less pressing; in some cases, it even appeared counterproductive,” said a government report published last Friday by the National Archives.
“Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence and the Cold War,” .... This is a pdf link so you too can download & read this report!!
In chilling detail, the report also elaborates on the close working relationship between Nazi leaders and the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who later claimed that he sought refuge in wartime Germany only to avoid arrest by the British. In fact, the report says, the Muslim leader was paid “an absolute fortune” of 50,000 marks a month (when a German field marshal was making 25,000 marks a year). It also said he energetically recruited Muslims for the SS, the Nazi Party’s elite military command, and was promised that he would be installed as the leader of Palestine (Geographical area here, NOT made up entity which is referred to as palestine now!) after German troops drove out the British and exterminated more than 350,000 Jews there.
|Hitler meets the Mufti!|
On Nov 28th, 1941, the authors say, Hitler told Mr. Husseini that the Afrika Corps and German troops deployed from the Caucasus region would liberate Arabs in the Middle East and that “Germany’s only objective there would be the destruction of the Jews.”
The report details how Mr. Husseini himself was allowed to flee after the war to Syria ~ he was in the custody of the French, who did not want to alienate Middle East regimes ~ and how high-ranking Nazis escaped from Germany to become advisers to anti-Israeli Arab leaders and “were able to carry on and transmit to others Nazi racial-ideological anti-Semitism.”
“You have an actual contract between officials of the Nazi Foreign Ministry with Arab leaders, including Husseini, extending after the war because they saw a cause they believed in,” Dr. Breitman said. “And after the war, you have real Nazi war criminals ~ Wilhelm Beisner, Franz Rademacher and Alois Brunner ~ who were quite influential in Arab countries.”
In October 1945, the report says, the British head of Palestine’s Criminal Investigation Division told the assistant American military attaché in Cairo that the mufti might be the only force able to unite the Palestine Arabs and “cool off the Zionists. Of course, we can’t do it, but it might not be such a damn bad idea at that.”
“We have more detailed scholarly accounts today of Husseini’s wartime activities, but Husseini’s C.I.A. file indicates that wartime Allied intelligence organizations gathered a healthy portion of this incriminating evidence,” the report says. “This evidence is significant in light of Husseini’s lenient postwar treatment.” He died in Beirut in 1974.
The report, “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence and the Cold War,” grew out of an inter-agency group created by Congress to identify, declassify and release federal records on Nazi war crimes and on Allied efforts to hold war criminals accountable. It is drawn from a sampling of 1,100 C.I.A files and 1.2 million Army counterintelligence files that were not declassified until after the group issued its final report in 2007.
|The Mufti Poses with the Bosnian SS!|
"Hitler’s Shadow” adds a further dimension to a separate Justice Department history of American Nazi-hunting operations, which the government has refused to release since 2006 and which concluded that American intelligence officials created a “safe haven” in the United States for certain other former Nazis. Like earlier reports generated by the group, this one paints a grim portrait of bureaucracy, turf wars and communication gaps among intelligence agencies. It also details blatantly cynical self-interested tactical decisions by Allied governments and a general predisposition that some war crimes by former Nazis and their collaborators should be overlooked because the suspects could be transformed into valuable assets in the more urgent undercover campaigns against Soviet aggression.
The American intelligence effort to infiltrate the East German Communist Party was dubbed “Project Happiness.”
“Tracking and punishing war criminals were not high among the Army’s priorities in late 1946,” the report says. Instead, it concludes that the Army’s Counterintelligence Corps spied on suspect groups ranging from German Communists to politically active Jewish refugees in camps for displaced people and also “went to some lengths to protect certain persons from justice.”
Among them was Rudolf Mildner, who was “responsible for the execution of hundreds, if not thousands, of suspected Polish resisters” and as a German police commander was in Denmark when Hitler ordered the country’s 8,000 Jews deported to Auschwitz. Mr. Mildner escaped from an internment camp in 1946, and the report raises questions about whether American intelligence agents’ “lenient treatment of Mildner contributed in some way to his ability to escape” and even suggests that he may have remained in American custody helping identify Communists and other subversives before settling in Argentina in 1949.
And the report cites LOTS of other cases! America acted as Ally of the Arabs & No friend of Eretz Yisrael ..... Then as Now!!!
The Holocaust has never really ended. It just shifted, geographically, with only the thinnest expressions of remorse from the Europeans. The Mufti was in at the start and never left. He was a supreme war criminal, at least as culpable as Eichmann or Himmler. But it was inconvenient to go after him. The mufti is a key figure in history and for understanding the true nature of the challenge faced by Eretz Yisrael today. He exemplifies the ongoing World War or Islamic Jihad, and tracing his life provides great insights and a basis for comprehending current events. From the Armenian genocide to the early palestinian riots and massacres, from WWII alliance with the SS, to a 1941 coup in Iraq with Sadamn's uncle, from wars of annihilation against Israel, to the rise of Yasser Arafat, and all the way to Hamas in Gaza today!
|Himmler & the Mufti!|
I want to spend some time looking in detail at the Mufti of Jerusalem over the next week or so, interspersed of course with the usual Music & Movie Interludes for your enjoyment!!