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Hitler's "Mein Kempf" is very popular in the Arab world

The National Review (www.nationalreview.com) has a good article on how Hitler's book "Mein Kempf", which calls for the mass murder of Jews, is very popular in the Arab world.

Hitler's fate, and the mass-murder he inspired, did not put an end to the malignant appeal of his book. There are plenty of people who know themselves to be failures and blame everyone for it except themselves. They too fantasize that they have enemies who can never be anything else because they belong to another race, and the only solution is to massacre the lot. [...]

Muslims and Arabs live under absolute and despotic government which prevents them from enjoying anything like the freedom and prosperity that they see in the West and wish for themselves. On the whole they realize that they have long ago taken their history and destiny into their own hands, and so are responsible for themselves. But so dire are the injustices and the poverty, and so threatening is the tyranny over their heads, that many are lost in pity for themselves, and hatred of everyone else. A slew of racists, radicals, and Islamists share a frame of mind that the West is selfishly conspiring against them, with the Jews once again secretly in charge. Catering to such people since the early '60s, editions of Mein Kampf have been put out in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, and it is reported to be a bestseller in the Palestinian Authority area. It is available in London stores selling Arabic books.

I copy the full article below.

Their Kampf
Hitler’s book in Arab hands.
By David Pryce-Jones, July 18, 2002
(from the July 29, 2002, issue of National Review)
http://www.nationalreview.com/29july02/
pryce-jones072902.asp

Adolf Hitler's autobiography Mein Kampf is as vile as any book ever published. Written in 1923 while he was in prison as a revolutionary agitator and at that point unlikely ever to be anything else, Hitler built on the connected emotions of hatred and self-pity. It is the work of a failure, what is more of a man who knows himself to be a failure. The failure is everyone's fault except his own. And all these people are against him because they belong to different races: That is the key. In the book he invents a "racial ladder" with Germans naturally at the top of it and Jews down at the bottom. If only they had been properly German, all those other people would have recognized his greatness. But by definition they couldn't be German, and they stood in his way, and so he had to kill them, stamp them out. On the one hand, thwarted ambition; on the other hand, a hatred of humanity. The combination still has the power to send a shiver down the spine.

Hitler's fate, and the mass-murder he inspired, did not put an end to the malignant appeal of his book. There are plenty of people who know themselves to be failures and blame everyone for it except themselves. They too fantasize that they have enemies who can never be anything else because they belong to another race, and the only solution is to massacre the lot. Almost 80 years after its first appearance, Mein Kampf remains an international hit. The Bavarian state owns the copyright but whether it collects royalties is unclear. The book is banned in Germany, but for some years Random House has been marketing an English translation, defending itself with the argument that it is a historic text which has to be studied.

Communism was perhaps the most spectacular political failure in history, killing tens of millions, and wasting the lives of hundreds of millions more. These victims mostly came from societies that were still traditional, usually agricultural. How were they to explain to themselves the calamity which Communism visited upon them? The arrival of democracy in Russia and its former satellites has brought into these countries fresh editions of Mein Kampf in half a dozen languages. In Poland the initial print-run was 20,000 copies (a significant quantity there). A minority evidently believes that Communism was all a Jewish plot, and Hitler had got things right. The authorities crack down half-heartedly.

Muslim and Arab society is today a failure much as Communism used to be. Muslims and Arabs live under absolute and despotic government which prevents them from enjoying anything like the freedom and prosperity that they see in the West and wish for themselves. On the whole they realize that they have long ago taken their history and destiny into their own hands, and so are responsible for themselves. But so dire are the injustices and the poverty, and so threatening is the tyranny over their heads, that many are lost in pity for themselves, and hatred of everyone else. A slew of racists, radicals, and Islamists share a frame of mind that the West is selfishly conspiring against them, with the Jews once again secretly in charge. Catering to such people since the early '60s, editions of Mein Kampf have been put out in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, and it is reported to be a bestseller in the Palestinian Authority area. It is available in London stores selling Arabic books. As its Arabic translator Luis al-Haj expresses it in his preface, "National Socialism did not die with the death of its herald. Rather, its seeds multiplied under each star."

In traditional society in the Middle East, Arabs were the masters and Jews were second-class subjects, protected though under rather demeaning conditions. European-style anti-Semitism, usually spread by missionaries and diplomats, came in during the 19th century. Zionism, another import from Europe, redefined Jews according to nationality rather than religion, and the accompanying improvement in their lowly status abruptly challenged Arab assumptions of superiority. These second-class people could surely never have done it on their own; they could only be obtaining their new power from outside — it had to be a plot. Hitler says so too in his book. He believed Zionism was "nothing but a comedy," and he could see through "this sly trick of the Jews." He wrote in Mein Kampf:

They have no thought of building up a Jewish state in Palestine, so that they might inhabit it, but they only want a central organization of their international world cheating, endowed with prerogatives, withdrawn from the seizure of others: a refuge for convicted rascals and a high school for future rogues.

The Third Reich and the Arab East, by Lukasz Hirszowicz, a Polish-born scholar, was published almost 40 years ago but remains a definitive work. It examines in careful detail how Hitler's Germany sought to woo Arabs through anti-British and anti-Jewish policies. Nazi personalities like Josef Goebbels and Baldur von Schirach of the Hitler Youth carried out goodwill tours. Various German agents financed and armed clandestine Arab fascist groups. The first Arabic translation of Mein Kampf appeared in 1938, and Hitler himself tactfully proposed to omit from it his "racial ladder" theory.

Of all the Arabs convinced of Hitler's coming triumph, none was so eager as Haj Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem and leader of the Palestinian Arabs in the Hitler years. Vincent Sheean, the Thomas L. Friedman of the day, thought that Haj Amin had "great gifts." Along the lines that "my enemy's enemy is my friend," Haj Amin converted the Palestinian cause into a local branch of Hitler's worldwide anti-Jewish persecution. Fleeing from the British, he spent the war in Berlin. A friend and admirer of Himmler's, he raised a division of Bosnian Muslims for the SS. Hitler made grandiose promises to him, but was cautious enough to add that they could be met only after victory.

Fanaticism had led Haj Amin into utter delusion. Hitler, the expected savior, had in reality the settled conviction that Arabs were Untermenschen and he had no intention of doing them any favors. On that racial ladder of his, Arabs occupied a servile place, held in much the same contempt as the Jews. All sorts of Arab leaders were to follow Haj Amin's example and fall into the racist trap Hitler set for them, including Gamal Abdul Nasser and Anwar Sadat, the Syrian and Iraqi Baathists, and King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia.
It cannot be proved, but I suspect that many — probably most — Arabs accept Israel as a fact of life, created by the millions of individual choices which make up history, and over which nobody has any control. But the leadership, the intellectuals particularly, have internalized and perpetuated Hitler's fantasies about Jews and a Jewish state. In one Muslim country after another, leaders who may describe themselves either as Islamist or secular call for the State of Israel to disappear from the map, and its people to be annihilated. It does not seem in the least shocking to them to be proposing mass-murder.

On the contrary: It is only natural in an absolute ruler to seek to kill off his enemies. Ahmad Ragab, a columnist for the Egyptian government paper Al-Akhbar, is only one example among many opinion-makers to "give thanks to Hitler, of blessed memory," and regretting only that Hitler had not extracted revenge for Palestine by murdering every last Jew. Arab propagandists contradictorily go in for versions of Holocaust denial. The present mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, said quite typically before his recent meeting with Pope John Paul II that the numbers of Holocaust victims had been exaggerated. "The Jews are using this issue, in many ways, [including] to blackmail the Germans financially." That has become a standard notion and it chimes perfectly with Mein Kampf and its lies about "rogues" endowed with "prerogatives."

But if really Hitler and his henchmen are role models to be imitated, then it is confused and confusing that Arab media regularly publish articles and cartoons caricaturing Israelis as Nazis, twisting the Star of David into a swastika, and so on. In today's Muslim and Arab world, Hitler and the Holocaust are labels bandied about without regard to historical truth, in order to promote hatred on the one hand, and self-pity on the other — twin signals of intellectual and moral failure.

Posted by David Melle at July 18, 2002 02:44 PM
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Oh yes i did, thank you for your concern.
I'm so glad that u have read mein kampf and u claim that it is worth reading again. Excellent.

1) What does "mein kampf" stands for ?
2) May i ask u how many volumes are there in mein kampf ?
3) Why did hitler enjoyed his stay at vienna?
4) What is the Deustche meaning of One Aryan State?

Posted by: shac on October 23, 2002 12:19 PM

"Mein Kempf" translates into "My Struggle".

Posted by: rod on December 5, 2002 04:45 PM

you are racist people!!!. FULL STOP

Posted by: yakoub on December 24, 2002 05:32 AM

I am niether Jewish or muslim either, yet disgaree completley with Daniel on labeling of Palestinian terrorists as terrorsts. Anyone who walks into a public place with a bomb strapped to their belly, blows themself and everyone around them up certainly qualifies as a terrorist on any level. No amount of rationalization or false intellectual blabbering changes that fact.

Posted by: Benton on May 10, 2003 12:45 AM

I am a hindu from India and agree to the fact that muslims tooday are a total failure like Hitler was once hence they look for leadership in megalomaniacs like Bin Laden.
It is their own sense of insecurity and their radical religious beliefs which are mirrored in their hatred towards Jews, the western world and all other reliogions as a whole.
Muslims, due to their unchangeable religious practices and dogmatic governments, look towards other religion with fear, anger and hatred. Jews and america has to bear most of their anger although christianity, hinduism and budhism are no excpetion.
Its time that muslims stop living with intolerance and hatred for other communities and stop blaming Jews and america for their own faults.

Posted by: Rahul on December 20, 2003 10:50 AM

Time has come that the world unite against a common enemy, namely- Islamic terrorism and fight this battle as a last for everlasting peace and harmony.
It is by ending this religious fanatism that we hope to give our children a better world to live in. It is time also to accept vehemently the fact the roots of this fanatic fundamentalism lies in Islam itself and unless and untill muslims are ready to accept this flaw and to correct it by ending all those religious practices which lead to communal hatred there can be no peace in this world.
All other communities and demcratic nations of the world must also stop being jealous of Jews and start supporting their cause. It is Israel that had bore maximum terrorism since its origin and this is the country really ready to end it for all.

Posted by: Max Steven on December 20, 2003 11:01 AM

Labelling Muslims and thier way of life itself as nothing more than a denigrated example of human existance is not only wrong, but comprable to the attitude of the afore mentioned author in his attitude towards the jewish nation, and diminishes for me any claims of sanctity you draw from the holocoust, as you are no better than them

Posted by: Ummar on January 31, 2004 12:21 PM

Ummar,

What do you mean by your above mentioned post. Can you or any Muslim justify the terrorism that is happening everyday across the world? Islam is a religion with no values and principles but only communal hatred against everyone.

Maneesh

Posted by: Maneesh on February 22, 2004 07:13 PM

It is not a particular religion that breeds hatred...it is part of the nature of man for all have felt hatred at one time or another. Left unchecked.....this only shows what potential we all have within us.

Some may say no, no, I could never hate another in this way! I say you are already half way there.

Until mankind starts to "Love their neighbors as themselves"! Mankind will always fall victim to and perpetuate hate!

Love is the only weapon that can utterly....defeat it.

Posted by: Bart on March 30, 2004 06:19 AM

obviously there is a lack of understanding on both sides. An excellent site for understanding inter-faith relationship: is "http://www.channel4.com/culture/microsites/B/believeitornot/index.html", and wheteher you like it or not, contact and understanding of other faiths is inevitable. After all, how can you love god if you cannot love his creations. Also i would love to be provided with some links to understanding Jewish faith.

Posted by: Salam on May 9, 2004 02:52 PM

I am a hindu and having travelled around the world, I have a number of close friends from all religions including Islam.

I can tell you that most of the comments expressed here are very racist and intolerant and born out of ignorance of other people's values, beliefs and attitudes that may be different from your own.

The media is also to blame for painting a very one sided picture biased by the opinions and beliefs of the reporters.

I believe that dubbing an entire religion as terrorists is as bad as some of Hitler's own beliefs. Yesterday it was Jews, today it is muslims, wonder who it will be tomorrow.

Posted by: Kalyan on May 20, 2004 10:04 PM

Kalyan,

You completely missed the point of the article.

Not all Muslims are terrorists and I'm certainly not saying that all Muslims should be killed (what the German Nazis attempted to do to the Jews in the 30's and 40's).

That said, a significant number of Islamic fascists, from groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are racist, violent, mass murderers.

These Islamic movements are not only religious in nature but are also political and social. Just like the Nazi Germans these new fascists have picked up on the same old scapegoat: the Jews - that's the reason Hitler's "Mein Kempf", a racist, violent, book calling for the mass murder of Jews is so popular in the Arab Muslim world.

You are so afraid of being intolerant that you have become tolerant of intolerance.

I will fight and denounce these Islamic mass murderers with all my might, and the fact that they are Muslims and it might not be politically correct to call them "Muslim Fascists" is irrelevant.

Posted by: David Melle on May 20, 2004 11:09 PM

Hi,

I am disgusted to read Rahul's comment and others like his. My mom and dad are hindu by the way. I myself do NOT conform to any religion or faith. I do not feel the need for any religion to exist. I feel that a person should know what is right and what is wrong and not revert to some scriptures written by somebody just as human as you and me. Isn't it obvious people? Some maniac got around to writing the stuff and profess and a million people follow. Its absolutely crazy. Why can't everybody be an athiest? Feel free to believe in whichever super-natural power you want. Why do you have to thrust your view on somebody else. Just do your work and live in harmony with everybody around you. C'mon. Is that really so difficult?
But I do not suggest that terrorists should be let off. They should be dealt with in a very strict manner. Kill them all off (for all I care) wether they are muslim or hindu or jew or whatever. But labelling a specific community as a terrorist community is gross injustice. Half the problem in the world today is because of nationalistic fervor. If the world today was not divided into nations, there would be a lot less to worry about. So in my opinion we should all start acting as world citizens and drop all this nation and religion stuff on our minds. Whenever you want to judge something, think what is going to be better for future human survival. I think that should be our guiding principle.

Posted by: Ravi on July 20, 2004 12:47 PM

"I do not feel the need for any religion to exist" huh - explain!

Posted by: Whiskers on March 18, 2005 12:53 PM

Religion is basically beliefs that are advertised, and if people like the beliefs and ideas, they can join that religion. So, in other words, religion will always exist.

Posted by: Danika on March 21, 2005 07:05 PM

Ahaha... no need for any religion to exist, why can't the whole world be aethiest he asks, and then says he doesn't like people thrusting their opinions on other people.... To the matter at hand. Every human being is first human before they are christian or musilim or jewish, and this is evidenced by the fact that any man can renounce any religion he confesses to. Killing in any form is wrong: even terrorists should not be killed. Obviously in saying this I assume there is a universal set of morals for all men. However, I know the reaction that comment will get and so I also assume each man to an extent hungers to do what is wrong, namely killing those who kill us. You cannot set their punishment, no matter what their crimes. Logically this is flawed. Morally it is the only way humanity will survive. About the original article: Don't be ridiculous, quit trying to demonize muslims and arabs by linking them to such an identifiable figure of evil. Have you read Mein Kempf? Most of the book is about how 'opressed' Hitler was and about how 'good' he was. He makes up 90% of it, such as working on a railway and various other things he says about his life that never happened. Muslims are not inextricably terrorists.

Posted by: Locsta on March 24, 2005 06:10 AM

"Time has come that the world unite against a common enemy, namely- Islamic terrorism and fight this battle as a last for everlasting peace and harmony."

This sentance scares the hell out of me. If you can't see why, then there is no point to reply.

Posted by: Ferm on March 27, 2005 08:48 AM

"Time has come that the world unite against a common enemy, namely Islamic terrorism and fight this battle as a last for everlatsing peace and harmony"

I may not be understanding quite what you were saying, but if you are saying that we should target Islamic people and fight against them then maybe you should go back and look at what has happened in the past. You are suggesting we do what was done to the armenians and the jewish race as well as others. There are many people of all races that believe the exact same way the Islamic terrorists groups do and if you are wanting to abolish all terrorists that is never going to happen because we are never going to live in a perfect world. Yes we need to stop terrorism but not by isolating one race and then killing all of them off. That will solve nothing.

Posted by: jessica on April 6, 2005 09:14 PM

I read all of these comments and it seems you are all trying to say the same thing: there are bad people in the world, but you can't condemn an entire race of people according to the deeds of a few of them. Some Muslims are not good people, some are. Same with Jews, and every other "classification" of people in the entire world.

Posted by: Haley on July 5, 2005 04:41 PM

Ok, first of all, we are not condeming an entiring race. we are condemsing the ignorance of the teachings of that race. The entire race is in a way "corrupted". That being said there are people, very learned people who despise their religion (islam). Its not a bunch of scriptures that is creating the hatred, and the rasict ideology. It is the people who follow those scriptures blindly. I have numerous mulim friends who are very bright, however if at anytime you ask them why they are praying (namaaz) or fasting or any questions relate to their faith, the answer that ypu get is alwasy logically unsatisfying, as they themselves do no know why they are doing something. The standard answers is oh Allah will do something. Some how everything is linked to this allah, but what is he going to do. If people do not know why they are doing something, whats teh point of doing it. The fact of the matter is that people have a certain attachment to their faith, it is obvios they will get offended, even though they might not show it, if their religion is demonized. But they are not willing to change or take any action. Plus they are all linked together as if they are in a way better than everyone else. If you take a look at the world today you would notice all the destrcution being caused is by the people of this race. This is why the race is being demonized, because the people causing terrorism are doing it in the name of thier race to justify it, well then, by the hell should we not believe them, god knows most of thier race does believe what thier doing is right. The race is being demonzied by the followers it self, then why shoul anyone else of a differnt faith stand up for it.

Posted by: Sahil on November 13, 2005 12:45 PM

Religion is nothing but a way of life and it will exist, with or without a name. New religions are mostly branhces of old ones, coming from oppressed people. Take India for example, there are oppressed Hindus in the lower castes and all they are doing now is converting to christianity and worst thing is that missionaries are paying them to convert, these people do so because they get the respect they deserve and long for in Christianity. Same thing happened in past and it will happen in future. Some ideas are rubbish right away in every religion but that does not mean the religion is Bad. I hear a lot of bad things about Islam and Judaism, but i guess all those people who have negative feelings about any religion should atleast go through the religious texts. The important thing is to respect the Almighty and do read about the Origin of Om.

JJ

Posted by: j on January 9, 2006 08:55 AM

You people just believe whatever CNN and Fox tell you. Most muslims don't hate americans and jews because of their religion, there's much deeper roots for a lot of it

Posted by: chris on March 2, 2006 09:19 PM

Hi I am DJ!!! Whos the hell is that? Well I am one of the character you could relate to if u have watched the movie Rang de Basanti and if u havnt yet I request you kindly watch it 4 once!! anyways am not saying this to promote the movie or anything but only reason i say this is You would understand how the whole topic is relevant in context to what is shown ... ya it is b4 even condemning any person or religion I would like 2 ask you a simple question ... where is hatred born from? well answers could be a lots of thing .... well I just have to say u can hate sum1 but to the extent that you think of murdering some one person or religion? if u have a fight with ur friends , relatives, parents would u murder them? or isnt theres a way out otherwise...?? well am not really a philosopher but i Think if whole world would understand and unite and if the pecky differences like religious tolerence , races , boundaries are sorted out V all can really live in peace and could be benificial to whole human -kind in whole ... also conveys this msg to as much as people you can cuz v r here 4 one mission that is Peace !!!! ~ love from India ~

Posted by: DJ of Rang de Basanti on March 5, 2006 01:00 PM

all i can say is good luck to the human race. it is diving head first right back into the stone age and probably will not come back up untill well after the next ice age. again, good luck. (i mean it!)

Posted by: roderick on April 2, 2006 07:07 PM

tis a strange irony that despite the killing of so many innocent people(including muslims)by some terrorists who are muslims not by faith but by names only,thousands of people are embracing islam.A simple reason being,there is a hell lot of difference between Islam And "such muslims"who are disgracing Islam.My only request to all is that please dont take Islam from such so called muslims,but from our holy books like Holy Quran,Nahjulbalagha and the greatest of all personalities behind spreading Islam,not through sword but by their behaviour and character-Prophet Muhammed and his true followers.
also it just Islam that accepts Christ and Moses as one of the prophets of Islam and messenger of God.The disharmony is created by the followers and not by the religions.True followers of any religion can never point a finger on any other religion,and this is what Islam teaches.

Posted by: arafat on May 15, 2006 10:58 PM

Hitler is probably the most influential person in history. i, many times have watched footage and read newpaper articles of the time and i must say he nearly had me convinced. there is no way to justify killing 6 million people simply because of their religion. i dont think it is right to categorise people because of their religion. all human beings are different. When it comes down to it we all have our own religion and our own personal values and beliefs . religion whether it would be islamic, hinduism, taoism, christianity are just there to influence, adivse, to give faith or just to believe in a higher power. and should not be used as a means of hatred toward another human being whether there be an issue of race, gender, sexuality or belief of another religion. religion is about faith and belief and about ACCEPTANCE of other religions aswell. well thats just my opinion.

Posted by: TAHNEE on June 17, 2006 04:57 AM

I think there are evil people in the world, but you can't blame the entire race of people according to the deeds of a few of them. The important thing in Life is to respect and Love their own Religion and other Religion. The prime thing is that love ur neighbours as u love urself. So everyone should respect all.
Share ur Love to all.

Posted by: Johan on August 2, 2006 09:15 PM
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