Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World: With a New Preface

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Overview

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

Norman Goda
“Jeffrey Herf provides a vivid history of Nazi propaganda in the Middle East by using an array of newly discovered sources. He not only demonstrates the geographical reach of Nazi Germany's rhetoric and intentions in its apocalyptic war against the Jews, but also provides important suggestions regarding the development of contemporary anti-Semitism in the Muslim world. A must read for both historians of the Holocaust and those interested in the Middle East conflict.”—Norman Goda, author of Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War
Ian Johnson
"Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World is a work of great research and clear writing. Through archival sleuthing, Herf has discovered a previously unknown but crucial chapter in the rise of modern anti-Semitism in the Arab world. He shows how Nazi propaganda harnessed European and indigenous anti-Semitism to form a lethal form of racism. The result continues to poison the Middle East's intellectual life today and has helped fuel a virulent opposition to modernity that haunts us today."—Ian Johnson, author of A Mosque in Munich
Bassam Tibi
"Herf is a prominent scholar in and is a member of a tiny community of experts who are both familiar with Nazi Germany and the Arab world; so no one like Herf is in a position to complete such a well-founded study on the spread of Nazi propaganda in the Middle East. Herf shows how Nazis employed media in Arabic – such as short-wave radio – to win the Middle East. The dreadful impact of this propaganda has been the pan-Arab nationalist adoption of Nazi ideology. On the top of this impact is the pan-Arab adoption of Nazi anti-Semitism. Therefore, Herf’s book focuses on this issue, analyzing original materials and providing new insights. In the past decades secular pan-Arabism has been replaced by Islamism, but the German Nazi traces of anti-Semitism disclosed in the groundbreaking analysis continues to be in place, despite the Islamization of this ideology. Herf’s book is not only a historical disclosure, but also a major contribution to understanding the Middle East of today in a historical continuity."—Bassam Tibi, Cornell University
Richard Breitman
"Drawing upon new sources, Jeffrey Herf illuminates the complex interaction between Nazi Germany and Arab extremists. This incisive work contributes greatly to our understanding of anti-Semitism in the Middle East."—Richard Breitman, American University
Russell A. Berman
"A compelling example of the new trans-national historiography, this volume is a major contribution to the history of Nazi Germany and the prehistory of the Arab-Israeli conflict."—Russell A. Berman, Stanford University
Saul Friedlander
"In this fascinating book, Jeffrey Herf investigates the themes, methods, and scope of Nazi propaganda in the Near East during World War Two. He shows how Berlin achieved a synthesis of its own paranoid anti-Semitism combined with selective elements drawn from Islam in order to propagate its message of a mortal Jewish peril. A superb achievement!"—Saul Friedlander, University of California, Los Angeles
Robert S. Wistrich
"Jeffery Herf has written a convincing and powerful account of the impact of Nazi propaganda on the Middle East, throwing new light on the convergence of European and Arab-Islamic anti-Semitism."—Robert S. Wistrich, author of A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad
Benny Morris
"Professor Herf's book is a thorough and important description of Nazi propaganda to the Arab world during World War II, and quite accurately and ominously highlights the parallels between Nazi anti-Semitic tenets and Islamist anti-Semitism."—Benny Morris, Ben-Gurion University
Commentary - Daniel Pipes
“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
The New Criterion - Sol Stern
“[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

The Weekly Standard - Reuel Marc Gerecht
"Indispensable. . . for helping laymen and scholars."—Reuel Marc Gerecht, The Weekly Standard
German Studies Association - Sybil Halpern Milton Memorial Prize
Winner of the 2011 Sybil Halpern Milton Prize as given by the German Studies Association
Tablet
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
Commentary

“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

TABLET
“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
  • Sales rank: 987,348
  • 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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