Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World: With a New Preface

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This groundbreaking history-now reissued with a new preface by the author-presents the most comprehensive account to date of Nazi Germany's Arabic-language propaganda during World War II aimed at North Africa and the Middle East.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Recipient of 2010 Washington Institute for Near East Policy Bronze Prize

— 2010 Washington Institute for Near East Policy Bronze Prize

Canadian Jewish News

"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

— Sheldon Kirshner

The Weekly Standard

"Indispensable. . . for helping laymen and scholars."--Reuel Marc Gerecht, The Weekly Standard

— Reuel Marc Gerecht

Reading Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World is a reminder of how powerful such lies can be. . . . We have not yet heard the end of the ideas whose birth Herf documents in this frightening, necessary book.”—Adam Kirsch, Tablet

“Powerful, important. . . . Herf’s detective work in the U.S. archives has opened a new vista on the Arab-Israeli conflict and Islamism, as well as made a landmark contribution more broadly to an understanding of the modern Middle East.”--Daniel Pipes, Commentary

— Daniel Pipes

The New Criterion

“[Herf’s study]. . .will hopefully make it more difficult for commentators and government officials to ignore the affinities between radical Islam and Nazi eliminationist anti-Semitism.”--Sol Stern, The New Criterion

— Sol Stern


“Reading Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World is a reminder of how powerful such lies can be. . . . We have not yet heard the end of the ideas whose birth Herf documents in this frightening, necessary book.” — Adam Kirsch, TABLET

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300168051
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Herf is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland in College Park.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition ix

Preface xix

Acknowledgments xxi

A Note on Terminology and Spelling xxv

1 Introduction 1

2 Defining Anti-Semitism: 1933-1939 15

3 Growing Contacts, First Broadcasts: 1939-1941 36

4 Propaganda and Warfighting in North Africa and the Middle East in 1941 57

5 "Kill the Jews before They Kill You": Propaganda during the Battles in North Africa in 1942 88

6 "The Jews Kindled This War in the Interest of Zionism": Propaganda in 1943 as the Tide Turned against the Axis 158

7 "The Americans, the British, and the Jews Are All Conspiring against Arab Interests": Propaganda from 1944 to Spring 1945 194

8 Postwar Aftereffects 233

Conclusion 261

Notes 267

Bibliography 311

Index 323

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