Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World: With a New Preface

Paperback | December 7, 2010

byJeffrey Herf

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Jeffrey Herf, a leading scholar in the field, offers the most extensive examination to date of Nazi propaganda activities targeting Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East during World War II and the Holocaust. He draws extensively on previously unused and little-known archival resources, including the shocking transcriptions of the “Axis Broadcasts in Arabic” radio programs, which convey a strongly anti-Semitic message.

Herf explores the intellectual, political, and cultural context in which German and European radical anti-Semitism was found to resonate with similar views rooted in a selective appropriation of the traditions of Islam. Pro-Nazi Arab exiles in wartime Berlin, including Haj el-Husseini and Rashid el-Kilani, collaborated with the Nazis in constructing their Middle East propaganda campaign. By integrating the political and military history of the war in the Middle East with the intellectual and cultural dimensions of the propagandistic diffusion of Nazi ideology, Herf offers the most thorough examination to date of this important chapter in the history of World War II. Importantly, he also shows how the anti-Semitism promoted by the Nazi propaganda effort contributed to the anti-Semitism exhibited by adherents of radical forms of Islam in the Middle East today.

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Jeffrey Herf, a leading scholar in the field, offers the most extensive examination to date of Nazi propaganda activities targeting Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East during World War II and the Holocaust. He draws extensively on previously unused and little-known archival resources, including the shocking transcriptions of the “Axis...

Jeffrey Herf is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland in College Park.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1 inPublished:December 7, 2010Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300168055

ISBN - 13:9780300168051

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A scholarly, but accessible study on a very important subject I got this book at the library and really enjoyed it. Herf gives us a detailed analysis of the types of propaganda (leaflets, radio broadcasts etc.) and its effect on the Muslim world. It gives us a chronological look at the propaganda and goes into great detail about Arab and Muslim collaborators who helped spread that propaganda, help Nazi recruitment efforts and even fought in the Nazi SS. He also looks at the aborted attempt at an Arab Nuremberg. While occasionally dry and not for everyone, I found this to be a very rewarding and important book that makes me look forward to reading Herf's other works. Warmly recommended
Date published: 2017-01-01

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"Jeffrey Herf''s fascinatng and brilliantly researched book, Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World...draws on previously unused and little-known archival resources."--Sheldon Kirshner, Canadian Jewish News