Holocaust Museum Whitewashes Arab-Nazi Ties
18, 2006 The Jewish Press p.7
The United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington is Americas national institution
for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history.
Yet this premier public-private organization is deficient in its scholarship,
leaving out of the historical record any reference to the 1930s
and 1940s Nazi-Arab conspiracy no doubt yet one more instance
of political correctness trumping truth.
The United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) was officially chartered by a unanimous
act of Congress in 1980 and inaugurated in 1993. This grand facility
on the National Mall receives millions of yearly visitors who come to
learn the truth about what happened during the Holocaust. You wouldnt
think so, but USHMM is the second most popular Washington tourist attraction
after the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
The USHMM mission
statement describes the Holocaust as the "Systematic persecution
and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators
between 1933 and 1945." This is not just an incomplete description
it is erroneous.
and genocide scholars realize that Hitlers hand and influence
stretched across North Africa from Morocco to Egypt and through the
Arab countries to the north and east. The goal of the German leadership
was to cleanse not only Europe but the whole world of Jews.
Though the primary
mission of USHMM is to advance and disseminate knowledge about the Holocaust,
the museum has made no effort, in either its permanent or temporary
exhibits, to educate Americans about the role top Islamic leaders played
in the Holocaust.
For example, the
museum fails to recognize or discuss the Holocaust-era pogrom known
as the Farhud, perpetuated by a pro-Nazi coup in Iraq in June 1941.
The museum maintains an unspoken taboo against conducting programs or
sponsoring research on the Farhud, the deportation of Jews from North
Africa to concentration camps, or the relationship of Nazis and Islamic
leaders in Egypt, Syria, etc. It is a documented fact that Islamic troops
under direction of the Nazis played a significant role in the Holocaust.
This is not opinion or "anti-Islamic sentiment" it
The U.S. Holocaust
Memorial Museum declares that it stands as "The nations preeminent
institution for Holocaust education and remembrance," even while
it overlooks the fact that Hitler and the Islamic leadership conspired
together to murder the Jews in both the Balkans and the Arab countries.
And while USHMM says it serves as the worlds preeminent center
"for scholarly research of the Holocaust," visitors will not
find among its exhibits documents or information regarding the intimate
relationship between Hitler and Amin al-Husseini, the Islamic leader
(grand mufti) of Jerusalem.
an important contribution to the Axis war effort by recruiting 20,000
Bosnian Muslims in Croatia to serve in SS units. Known as the Handjar
(Sword) legion, these Nazis murdered 90 percent of the Jews in Bosnia,
hunted for Jews in Croatia, and served as auxiliary police in Hungary.
In 1943 the Mufti established the Arab Institute for Research into the
Jewish Question in Berlin, an Arab version of the existing German model
that was actually financed by Nazi funds.
the uncle of the late Arab terror chief Yasir Arafat. Born Mohamed Abdel-Raouf
al-Husseini, Arafat shortened his name to obscure his relation to his
notorious Nazi uncle. Even so, al-Husseini would help Arafat by playing
a central role in the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization,
using his influence to raise funds for the terrorist organization.)
In time, Nazi ideas
seeped into the Arab world. Hitlers Mein Kampf was published in
Arabic and the Nazis supplied informational "bulletins" to
the Arab press. Nazi agents encouraged Arab nationalists to travel to
Germany and study there, while movie theaters in Beirut, Aleppo, and
Damascus received German propaganda films and newsreels. The Baath
Socialist Party in Iraq that existed until the capture of Saddam Hussein
got its start following the mold of German National Socialism.
organization like the American Red Cross, USHMM is funded in large part
by American taxpayers. In 1994 USHMM had a budget of $11 million; by
2000 it was up to $21 million, an increase of 91 percent. The museum
is supported by a combination of government and private funds, with
the U.S. shelling out over 60 percent of the funding. In fiscal year
2003, the budget was $57.2 million ($38.4 federal; $18.8 private).
An internal USHMM
2004 Performance and Accountability Report declared that the museums
work "has never been more pertinent or more urgent." That
may be so, but while Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum, is discussing
the German-Arab ties and while the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust devotes
more space to the Mufti of Jerusalem than to any Nazi leader other than
Hitler, USHMM continues to ignore the ugly truth.
USHMM has exhibits
on the genocide in the Eastern Congo and Rwanda and on the persecution
of homosexuals, but it makes no mention of Arab anti-Semitism
not of its history in the last century or of its current existence.
Other than one brief sentence on anti-Semitism in a Muslim context by
Dr. Aron Rodrigue of Stanford University, the USHMM website has nothing
on Arab anti-Semitism.
Hitler is long
gone, but the paradigm he created by inciting the Arabs join with him
remains very much with us today and is one of the main reasons for the
virulent anti-Semitism of the Arab world. Mein Kampf is selling briskly
in Islamic countries to hungry readers while new generations of Arab
children are being indoctrinated to hate Jews.
then, that Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) and many Jewish academic and
social organizations are calling on USHMM to include the relationship
between Hitler and al-Husseini in its presentation of Holocaust history.
Full-page advertisements have been placed in Jewish publications and
public forums have been scheduled. The goal is to ensure that the history
recorded at USHMM is both accurate and fully inclusive.