I am very excited to be able to upload the first 9 minutes of a 45 minute German documentary called, ‘The Turban and the Swastika’. Over the course of the week I hope to have all 45 minutes uploaded and in a playlist for you all. Think of this as a teaser. It really is a fantastic documentary showing the amazing degree of cooperation and mutual admiration between the Muslims and the Nazis. Much more so than even those of us who are aware of it knew, and this features a lot of rare footage of Hitler and the Grand Mufti. Thank you to a large team of people who have been working for a long time to translate this and time stamp it, and to Henrik R Clausen who did the actual German to English translation.
Content Guide to Video
0:00 Turban and Swastika, Amin Al-Husseini and the Nazis.
00:15 The FÃ¼hrer receives Amin Al-Husseini, one of the most influential leaders of Arab nationalism.
00:22 The Grand Mufti is the religious head of the Arabs in Palestine and at the sime time their supreme judge and treasurer.
00:29 Due to his opinions, the British have been hunting him relentlessly and have put a prize of £ 25,000 on his head.
00:36 He escaped through Italy to Germany in adventurous ways.
00:41 The concept “The Mufti” – one rarely mentioned his name – that was the enemy as such.
00:55 If one mentioned the name Amin Al-Husseini, “The Sword of Islam”, the ground would shake,1:01 in joy of such a great call.
1:03 Every Jewish child, who would hear the name Mufti, would think of hate, violend, death, murder.
1:13 Whoever would carry this title would have the right to settles issues as he wished and carry them through.
1:25 In practical life, the Mufti managed to be even greater as his title.
1:30 He was the Great Mufti.
2:00 Jerusalem 1917.
2:02 Palestine was ruled by the Turks.
2:05 Just was the case for most Arabs, they were also hated by the young Mohammad Amin Al-Husseini.
2:10 The son of a large family in Jerusalem, he would dream of a free Arabia.
2:15 To drive out the rulers, the Arabs fought at the side of the British,
2:20 who had promised them freedom and independence for doing so..
2:25 In December, it would seem that the dream of Al-Husseini would become real: The British marched into Jerusalem.
2:40 The earlier officer of the Ottoman armies had joined the British shortly before.
2:45 After that, he fought successfully against the Turkish rulers and against the German allies, who were imprisoned by the British.
2:55 20 years later, he would ask these German soldiers to help realize his dream, a free Arabia.
3:07 London broke its promises and have not pulled out.
3:11 The Arabs, including Al-Husseini, feel betrayed.
3:13 The British are now the new rulers of Jerusalem.
3:30 The British have also promised the holy land to the Jews.
3:35 In Palestine, they are permitted to re-establish their national home.
3:38 Thousands of them are now coming from Europe.
3:40 The immigrants are building new settlements and modern cities like Tel Aviv.
3:46 The land for their settlements are purchased from the Arabs.
3:50 Many Arab landlords have become richer still.
3:53 Also the mighty clan of Al-Husseinis are profiting from selling off land.
4:06 Many Arabs feel squeezed by the new settlers,
4:09 but not all; in Jerusalem and other towns, Jews and Arabs are living peacefully together.
4:17 Between us and the Arabs there was a fine trade..
4:27 They sold us vegetables and fruit.
4:35 Until the rise of the Mufti, Arabs and we Jews were getting along fine.
4:49 Al-Husseini was against Jewish immigration; many in Jerusalem think like him.
4:54 Well praticed in the art of speaking, the young politician spoke not only in the cities, also in the countryside.
5:00 At only 25 years, he was already a leading representative of Arab nationalism.
5:11 With his political work, Amin Al-Husseini was not pursuing the goal of setting one up against the other,
5:19 Arabs against the Jews, or Jews against the Arabs.
5:24 He dedicated himself much more to defending his homeland and related issues.
5:29 The Jews were concealing nothing; their newspapers told of immigrants arriving to the ports of Tel Aviv and Haifa.
5:35 They would celebrate their festivities together and sing their Jewish hymns.
5:40 Their fanatical leader would then, as now, celebrate”Jerusalaim”.
5:45 So they named our holy city Al-Kuds.
5:50 And they sang “Jerusalem is our town, Israel belongs to us”.
5:55 They didn’t name the land Palestine, they named it Israel.
6:05 Al-Husseini stood in the front line of anti-Jewish protests;
6:08 after leading the bloody riots of 1920, the British sentenced him to 10 years of house arrest.
6:14 But soon after he was pardoned.
6:16 The British believed they could win the most influential rebel rouser to their side.
6:30 In 1921, in spite of his superficial theological education, the British appointed him Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, at the age of 24.
6:40 From then, Al-Husseini would wear the Turban of those learned in religion and law, carry the highly desired title of Grand Mufti, as before him his father and his brother.
6:50 As is fitting for a family due to it tracing its ancestry to the prophet Muhammed.
7:00 There is no doubt that Al-Husseini is a very influential aristocratic family.
7:09 From it comes judges, politicians, leading personalities.
7:13 They enjoy recognition and respect from society, in particular in the villages and by the Palestinian farmers.
7:20 The name Al-Husseini triggered enthusiasm from the Palestinian farmers.
7:25 Because Al-Husseini represented the religious orientation that farmers liked.
7:34 The new man on the Temple Mount is politically talented and is conscious of power.
7:42 He soon has supporters in all important places in the Arab world.
7:47 In 1931 he organizes the Islamic World Congress and makes the Palestinian question a matter for all Arabs and Muslims.
8:03 He was the recognized leader of the Palestinian society, he was popular, he was not corrupt.
8:09 And that was a major exception from the Arab-Palestinian elite of the day.
8:18 He was faithful and he was sceptical.
8:26 As the holy Thomas Aquinas, a great philosopher, once put it: “I think what I am, I see what I am”,
8:34 so Al-Husseini wanted to attend to matters himself
8:40 and doubted things that he had not heard or seen himself.
8:45 Those he rejected, it was a firm feature of his character.
8:47 He was a diligent and productive man.
9:01 It was said of him that he often changed his opinion. That might be true.
9:07 But what concerns his home country, that took first priority and nothing else attracted his interest.
9:19 And he was very violent, he was quite ruthless.
9:22 He had had all his competitors in the Palestinian society assassinated.
9:29 Every dissenting opinion to him constituted treason of the Palestinian people, and was mercilessly persecuted.