The Nazi Romance With Islam Has Some Lessons for the United States

Both Hitler and Himmler had a soft spot for Islam. Hitler several times fantasized that, if the Saracens had not been stopped at the Battle of Tours, Islam would have spread through the European continent—and that would have been a good thing, since “Jewish Christianity” wouldn’t have gone on to poison Europe. Christianity doted on weakness and suffering, while Islam extolled strength, Hitler believed. Himmler in a January 1944 speech called Islam “a practical and attractive religion for soldiers,” with its promise of paradise and beautiful women for brave martyrs after their death. “This is the kind of language a soldier understands,” Himmler gushed.

Surely, the Nazi leaders thought, Muslims would see that the Germans were their blood brothers: loyal, iron-willed, and most important, convinced that Jews were the evil that most plagued the world.

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  • winniec

    Himmler’s insulting fantasies about ‘what soldiers understand’ are bunk. Most soldiers are like everyone else. Most think about decency, kindness and duty. Just because a guy is athletic and adventuresome doesn’t make him unintelligent and coarse.

  • Solo712

    The most ironic thing about this undeniable fascination of the Nazi leaders with Islam is of course that Arabs, like Jews, are Semitic people. The word “Semitic” comes from “Shem”, the oldest son of Noah, and most Arabs accept the common ancestry. (Some consider themselves the ancestor of Noah’s other son Ham).

    • occupant 9

      Sure, but that’s not what’s meant by antisemitism, coined in the 1880s by Wilhem Marr, a German needing a term to make “acceptable” regarding the hatred for things Jewish, not things “semitic.”

      This is the fog of semitic semantics.

      • Solo712

        Wilhelm Marr was an apostate Jew and indeed coined the term in a 1881 pamphlet ‘Sieg des Judentums uber Deutschtum’. Max Dumont in his book “Jews, God and History” brilliantly describes the difference between the old Christian Jew-hatred and the modern racially based one. For the Christians in pre-modern Europe the Jew was a pathetic miser and wretched human being devoid of grace (as punishment for killing Christ). Conversion to Christianity lifted the curse. In the racial theories of 1880’s, that grew out of preoccupation with eugenics, the Jew became a model of cunning conspirator, striving for the destruction of the society of virtue and plotting world domination by means of hoarding untold fortunes. This Jew could not be reformed or converted. He had to be destroyed. It is interesting to observe that this caricature actually built on earlier Marxist analysis of capitalism. For Karl Marx ,whose grandfather was a rabbi, the “Jewish Question” was resolved by freeing humanity from the morbid obssession with accumulating wealth under capitalism.

    • Just a thought

      No, they are Hamitic (descendents of Ham). Jews are Semitic (descendents of Shem). The confusion is that both speak languages that are classified as “Semitic,” which has nothing to do with racial origins.
      http://www.think-israel.org/bentekoa.arabhamites.html
      It’s a common mistake.

  • winniec

    Rather it’s the ISLAMIC romance with ADOLF HITLER! Islamic-majority countries love Mein Kampf and it is displayed proudly in many book stores. King Faisal had Mein Kampf and Protocols of Zion placed in hotel rooms. The Muslim Brotherhood was formed on the lines of the Nazi party. The commonality of the two movements is TOTALITARIANISM.

    • ntt1

      Was not the Baath party of Assad and saddam hussien also modeled on Nazism?

  • ntt1

    Socialists are still enamoured of islam to this day, look at the quite approval post modernism gives to ISIL.

  • Below is an exact quote with Hitler’s opinion on Islam. It is from chapter 302 of “Hitler’s Table Talk 1941-1944.” The book contains the conversations of Hitler with his lunch or dinner companions (recorded by a stenographer under the orders of Martin Bormann). As you can see, Hitler’s view fully matches the lefty and Muslim opinions about Islam in Spain:

    302.
    28 August 1942, midday
    Italian susceptibilities—Germany faces the Asiatic hordes—If Charles Martel, both at home and abroad, Government had been defeated—Horthy and the Habsburgs—Budapest and Vienna—The new capital of the Reich.

    Only in the Roman Empire and in Spain under Arab domination has culture been a potent factor. Under the latter, the standard of civilization attained was wholly admirable; to Spain flocked the greatest scientists, thinkers, astronomers and mathematicians of the world, and side by side there flourished a spirit of sweet human tolerance and a sense of the purest chivalry. Then, with the advent of Christianity, came the barbarians. The chivalry of the Castilians has been inherited from the Arabs. Had Charles Martel not been victorious at Poitiers—already, you see, the world had fallen into the hands of the Jews, so gutless a thing was Christianity!—then we should in all probability have been converted to Mohammedanism, that cult which glorifies heroism and which opens the seventh Heaven to the bold warrior alone. Then the Germanic races would have conquered the world. Christianity alone prevented them from doing so.