Grand Mufti Mohammad Amin al-Husayni (Arabic: محمد أمين الحسيني, often printed with the French transliteration Grand Mufti el-Husseini) had blueprints for the death camp Auschwitz. After meeting Hitler and Ribbentrop in Berlin in 1941, the Mufti was made an SS Gruppenfuehrer (General) by Reichsfuehrer-SS Heinrich Himmler who set up the Jewish death camps.
Grand Mufti Mohammad Amin al-Husayni was a SS Gruppenfuehrer (General) in the Nazi SS, the insignia for SS-Gruppenführer consisted of three oak leaves centered on both collars of an SS uniform, see Himmler's above.
SS Gruppenführer (literally “Group Leader”) was an early paramilitary rank of General by the Nazi Party, first created in 1925 as a senior rank of the SA. Grand Mufti Mohammad Amin al-Husayni was a SS Gruppenfuehrer, the SS rank of Gruppenführer (three oak leaves centered on both collars of an SS uniform) was considered equivalent to a full General, but became regarded as equivalent to Generalleutnant after 1934.
Grand Mufti al-Husayni (el-Husseini) was very active during World War II in fighting for the Nazi cause; Assisting the death camps. In the later periods of the war, Husseini was deeply involved with the upper echelons of Nazi power. Thus, when the Red Cross offered to mediate with Eichmann in a trade prisoner-of-war exchange involving the freeing of German citizens in exchange for 5,000 Jewish children being sent from Poland to the resienstadt death camp, Husseini directly intervened with Himmler. The exchange was cancelled. At the Nuremberg Trials, Adolf Eichmann's deputy Dieter Wisliceny (subsequently executed as a war criminal), testified that "The Grand Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and adviser of Eichmann and Himmler in the execution of this plan...
Grand Mufti Mohammad Amin al-Husayni was one of Eichmann's best friends and had constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard him say, accompanied by Eichmann, he had visited incognito the gas chamber of Auschwitz." In fact, Grand Mufti Husseini had plans of his own to build a death camp, modeled after Auschwitz, near Nablus.
Grand Mufti al-Husayni approached representatives of the Nazi regime and sought cooperation on July 21, 1937, when he visited the German Consul in Jerusalem. He later sent an agent and personal representative to Berlin for discussions with Nazi leaders. SS Obergruppenfuehrer Reinhard Heydrich was second in command to Heinrich Himmler in the SS hierarchy and was the chief of the Reich Security Head Office (Reichssicherheitshauptamt, RSHA) and was the head of the Sicherheitsdienst (SD), the SS Security Service. In Septemper, 1937, Heydrich sent two SS officers, SS Hauptscharfuehrer Adolf Eichmann and SS Oberscharfuehrer Herbert Hagen on a mission to Palestine, one of the main objectives being to establish contact with the Grand Mufti. During this period Husseini received financial and military assistance and supplies from Nazi Germany and fascist Italy.
“ The Furhrer Adolph Hitler made the following statement to the Mufti, …
1. He (the Fuhrer) would carry on the battle to the total destruction of the Judeo-Communist empire in Europe
2. At some moment which was impossible to set exactly today but which in any event was not distant, the German armies would in the course of this struggle reach the southern exit of Caucasia
3. As soon as this had happened, the Fuhrer would on his own give the Arab world the assurance that the hour of liberation had arrived. Germany’s objective would then be solely the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere under the protection of the British power….The moment that Germany’s tank divisions and air squadrons had made their appearance south of the Caucasus, the public appeal requested by the Grand Mufti could go out to the Arab world…The Grand Mufti replied…whether it would not be possible, secretly, at least, to enter into an agreement with Germany of the kind he had just outlined for the Fuhrer.
The Fuhrer replied that he had just now given the Grand Mufti precisely that confidential declaration.” (Reference notes of the meeting are in Documents on German Foreign Policy, 1918-1945, Series D, Vol. XIII, p. 881 available at the USHMM library.)
In 1941 Haj Amin al-Husseini, who had been appointed Grand Mufti of Jerusalem by the British and was the leading Arab in Palestine during the British Mandate, fled to Germany. He was installed as Prime Minister-in-exile of a pro-Nazi, Arab government and given $10,000 per month to fund Islamic Nazi activities in the Arab world. The Arab-Islamic community in Germany hailed him as "The Führer of the Arabic world."
In his memoirs, Husayni wrote :”Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world.” I asked Hitler for an explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish problem in a manner befitting our national and racial aspirations and according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of the Jews. The answer I got was, “ The Jews are yours.” .” (Dershowitz, The Case for Israel p.55).
Islamic Central Institute speech on Nov. 2, 1943 calling on Muslims to follow the example of National Socialist Germany, since the latter “ knew how to save itself from the evil (Unheil) done by the Jews…It had precisely identified the Jews and decided to find a definitive solution to the Jewish menace. In order to eliminate their evildoing (Unheil) from the world. ( quoted by Gensicke, op cit.) Or is it the speech in which the Mufti said;” Arise, O sons of Arabia. Fight for your sacred rights. Slaughter Jews wherever you find them. Their spilled blood pleases Allah, our history and religion.” (Dershowitz, op. cit. p.55) According to the Mufti’s biographer, the Mufti’s “hatred of Jews…was fathomless, and he gave full vent to it during his period of activity alongside the Nazis (October 1941-May 1945). His speeches on Berlin radio were anti-Semitic to the core: “Kill the Jews wherever you find them- this pleases God, history and religion.” (Elpeleg, The Grand Mufti, p. 100)
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