Netanyahu: Hitler Didn’t Want to Exterminate the Jews

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hThe following is via OnlySimchas.com:

Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells World Zionist Congress that Hitler only wanted to expel the Jews, but Haj Amin al-Husseini convinced him to exterminate them, a claim that was rejected by most accepted Holocaust scholars.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked public uproar when on Wednesday he claimed that the 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.

The Nazi ruler, Netanyahu said, had no intention of killing the Jews, but only to expel them.

In a speech before the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Netanyahu described a meeting between Husseini and Hitler in November, 1941: “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 (to Palestine).’

According to Netanyahu, Hitler then asked: “What should I do with them?” and the mufti replied: “Burn them.”

“All Germans know the history of the murderous race mania of the Nazis that led to the break with civilization that was the Holocaust,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said when asked about Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks. “This is taught in German schools for good reason, it must never be forgotten. And I see no reason to change our view of history in any way. We know that responsibility for this crime against humanity is German and very much our own.”

Netanyahu clarified his claim before leaving for Berlin for a Thursday meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Hitler is responsible for killing six million Jews in the Holocaust, and Haj Amin al-Husseini encouraged him and also wanted to see the Jews dead,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu said he did not intend to absolve Hitler of his crimes.

He said, “Hitler is responsible for the Final Solution. But by the same token it is absurd to ignore the role played by the mufti in encouraging Hitler and his henchmen to murder the Jews.”

“There is abundant proof of this,” he said, including testimony by Adolf Eichman’s deputy at the Nuremberg trials held after the war.

Watch Netanyahu speaking to the World Jewish Congress here:

(Source: OnlySimchas.com)


10 COMMENTS

  1. Regardless of whose idea the extermination R”L was, one thing is certain: it was the first time in history that East (Yishmael) and West (Eisav/Edom) acted together. This is what made/makes churbon Europa different, and more horrifying, than any previous churbon. It is what frightens any knowledgeable / learned person today as we are witnessing another partnership of East and West (US backeed/brokered deal with Iran, the Pope meeting with the President).

  2. Why are the germans trying to cover up part of history now? Do they take pride in the holocaust deep down but just use the word responsibility to cover up? Are they afraid it will knock the ego of the neo natzis?

  3. I understand the hatred and isolation that could be felt as barbarian Islamic terrorists and Abbas incite and try to kill Jews all over Israel. But Israel needs to realize everything they say will be under a GIANT Magnifying lense by a quick to Criticize world. And there is NO NEED to minimize Hitler YSV. Even without this it is known Husseini incited Arabs to attack Jews in Jerusalem and Hebron and was an obvious Visiting Friend of Hitler. And he also incited Arabs in Iraq to pogrom against the Jews there. That was Sufficient to show what Dastardy evil leader Palestinians idolize.

  4. Netanyahu is way out on a limb on this one. The Nazis weren’t exactly “playing nice” in the 1939-1941 period. Also, the “Mufti” had very little to offer – he was prominent but with few followers. His attempts to recruit a pro-German Arab army were a total failure – most Arabs remained either pro-Allied or neutral. The real reason the Germans switched from expulsion to genocide was that the Allies made a point of banning Jewish refugees from entering their territory, meaning there was no place to expel Jews to. The truth is that the Germans saw the Mufti has a “useful idiot” but no more.

    Note that the Arabs didn’t rise up at the point when the German armies were a short distance away and quite possibly the war hung in the balance since had the Germans captured Eretz Yisrael and the Suez it would have radically changed the picture dramatically for both the European and Pacific theatres.

  5. Aside from the fact that this idea is rejected by all serious Holocaust historians, it represents a historical revisionism bordering on the absurd.

    One, the mass extermination of Jews began with the invasion of the Soviet controlled territory in June 1941, five months and one week BEFORE the meeting between Hitler and the Mufti. Need we be reminded that the invading troops were followed close behind by the so-called “sonderkommandos” whose sole task was to carry out that nefarious task.

    Two, the first extermination camp, Chelmno, was operational December 8, 1941. In order to accept this ridiculous premise we would have to believe that the Nazis selected the site, built and staffed the camp, did the “selection,” and arranged for and transported the first victims all within 10 days time.

    This is nothing more than a vile attempt to shift the blame for the Holocaust from Hitler and the Nazis (and, by extension, the German people as a whole as well as their collaborators in occupied lands) to the Mufti and the Palestinians. You can decide for yourself what the motivation might be.