Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provoked a Holocaust controversy on Wednesday, hours before a visit to Germany, by saying that the Muslim elder in Jerusalem during the 1940s convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate the Jews.
"Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews," Netanyahu said in the speech. "And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, 'If you expel them, they'll all come here (Palestine).'
"'So what should I do with them?'" Netanyahu said Hitler asked the mufti, who responded: "Burn them."
Netanyahu, whose father was an eminent historian, was quickly harangued by opposition politicians and experts on the Holocaust who said he was distorting the historical record.
They noted the meeting between Husseini and Hitler took place on November 28, 1941. More than two years earlier, in January 1939, Hitler had addressed the Reichstag, Nazi Germany's parliament, and spoke clearly about his determination to exterminate the "Jewish race".
"To say that the mufti was the first to mention to Hitler the idea to kill or burn the Jews is not correct," Dina Porat, a professor at Tel Aviv University and the chief historian of Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial museum, told Israel Radio.
So it wasn't Hitler according to Netanyahu’s Speech at the 37th Zionist Congress but the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was the one who planted the idea of the extermination of European Jewry in Adolf Hitler's mind:
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Quote:Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, "If you expel them, they'll all come here." "So what should I do with them?" he asked. He said, "Burn them."
Prof Dan Michman, the head of the Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University and head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem., said that while Hitler did indeed meet the mufti, this happened after the Final Solution began.
Yad Vashem’s chief historian, Prof Dina Porat, told the Israeli news website Ynet that Netanyahu’s claims were incorrect: "You cannot say that it was the mufti who gave Hitler the idea to kill or burn Jews. It’s not true. Their meeting occurred after a series of events that point to this."
Historians, politicians slam PM's 'distortion of history'
Quote:Source'I didn't mean to absolve Hitler of responsibility, but to show that the father of the Palestinian nation wanted to destroy the Jews even without occupation,' the PM said before leaving to Berlin.
See link in above post to the official transcript of his speech.
I remember what Irving said/says, the well-known Holocaust denier, falsifier, and bigot ...
The incident occured as Netanyahu left for Germany to meet Angela Merkel.
Steffen Seibert, Merkel's spokesperson, said there was no reason to change "our view of history," in response to Netanyahu's comments.
"All Germans know the history of the murderous race madness of the National Socialists that led to the break with civilization that was the Holocaust," Seibert said.
"I don't see any reason that we should in any way change our view of history," Seibert added.
But at a joint press conference with Netanyahu on Wednesday, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, made it clear she saw no need for a shift in interpreting history, saying: “We abide by our responsibility for the Shoah.”
Its possible that the Ottoman Turks were, indirectly and through historical example. Hitler is reported to have said "Who now remembers the Armenians?"
According to Dieter Wisliceny, senior SS officer and a key executioner of the Final Solution:
But it's true that al-Husseini spent the war years in fascist Italy and Nazi Germany;
That the Mufti allied with the Nazis isn't in question. He allied with the enemies of his enemies. What's in question is Netanyahu's claim that the Mufti gave Hitler the idea to murder the Jews in Europe.