The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini met with German Führer Adolf Hitler in the Reich Chancellery in Berlin (November 28, 1941). Historian Christopher Browning summarizes what Hitler, who would not shake his hand or have coffee with him, told the Mufti, to ‘lock …deep in his heart’ that Germany has resolved, step by step, to ask one European nation after the other to solve its Jewish problem, and at the proper time, direct a similar appeal to non-European nations as well’. When Germany had defeated Russia and broken through the Caucasus into the Middle East, it would have no further imperial goals of its own and would support Arab liberation… But Hitler did have one goal. “Germany’s objective would then be solely the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere under the protection of British power”. (Das deutsche Ziel würde dann lediglich die Vernichtung des im arabischen Raum unter der Protektion der britischen Macht lebenden Judentums sein). In short, Jews were not simply to be driven out of the German sphere but would be hunted down and destroyed even beyond it.’ This leads to two observations. First with the killing of European Jews now in progress, Hitler was already turning his mind on how to obtain more Jews to feed into the NAZI killing machine. Second, the Mufti seems to have been oblivious as tgo the NAZI danger, both on racial lines and emperial goals. Photo source: Heinrich Hoffmann. Bundesarchiv, Bild.

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