Israel’s main Holocaust memorial museum Yad Vashem was publicly castigated recently for removing a large and famous photograph showing Adolf Hitler meeting with his ally in Jew-hatred, the anti-Semitic Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin el Husseini. Today, if one searches well, a small print of Himmler and Husseini can be found in a dark corner of the museum. The public does not see it.
The local Yad Vashem guides are not aware of it. I asked many of them to direct me to it.They could or would not.
The Jew-hating Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin el Husseini. father of the “Palestinian people”( as Arafat called him) was made honorary general of the SS as he raised many thousands of Muslim soldiers for Hitler. His troops guarded the trains that brought Jews to death camps.
He intervened to nix a deal that would save a trainload of Jewish children.
Critics consider the decision about the photo removal to be politically motivated, pandering to the Arabs and their sensitivities after the radical and abrupt turn in Israel’s post-Oslo (1993) orientation to the “Palestinians”
Yad Vashem officially claims that his , is only a very minor part of the Holocaust story and thus does not warrant much exposure.
They further claim that their orientation in the new museum (2005) are the victims, not the perpetrators, thus the minuscule place allowed for the Palestinian SS general and his photo with Hitler was removed.
(There are however large walls full of large photos of German perpetrators..)
Except that the museum is in Jerusalem and the Mufti was Hitler’s representative in the Middle East, the man who incited the horrendous 1929 Hebron and nationwide massacre and suggested various extermination projects to Hitler.
One of them was to build concentration camps in Israel’s Dotan Valley, banking on the Third Reich’s successful Africa and Middle East campaign to extend the Final Solution to Jews in the Mid east and Israel. Unfortunately for them and luckily for Israel’s Jews, the Germans were defeated at the battle of El Alamein.
This sudden rescue from mass extermination was a modern Purim miracle that should be acknowledged as such and not written out of our history.
The Holocaust record of the Mufti and his continuing influence on Jew-haters throughout the Mid-east and especially in the land of Israel must not be pasted over and hidden.
This we owe to history and to our people for all generations to come
To make matters much worse, Yad Vashem denies that there ever was a photo of Hitler and Husseini in Yad Vashem.
A former high ranking Yad Vashem official is on record acknowledging seeing the famous photo.
Shortly after this admission, he recanted his statement!
This blatant and shameful cover up begs the question:
It also begs action;
Return the photo!