Hitler Broadcasts Fueled Rise of Radical Islam

Anti-Jewish messages broadcast in Arabic during WWII
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Apr 22, 2010 8:08 AM CDT
Another piece of Hitler's oeuvre, 'Mein Kampf,' was recently banned in Russia.    (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Arabic-language Nazi propaganda broadcast during the World War II fueled the rise of radical Islamic views, a new book claims. In Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World, professor Jeffrey Herf uses 6,000 newly-released radio transcripts to show how hate-filled radio broadcasts exacerbated anti-Jewish sentiment in the Arab World. A sample message, circa 1942: "Your only hope for rescue is the destruction of the Jews before they destroy you!"

Professor Herf, the first scholar to be granted access to the transmissions, says they constitute a "significant chapter in the longer history of radical Arab nationalism and militant Islam." The Israel-Palestine conflict would have ended long ago were it not for the "uncompromising, religiously inspired hatred of the Jews" articulated on the airwaves, he tells the Telegraph.

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