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Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World: With a New Preface

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Jeffrey Herf, a leading scholar in the field, offers the most extensive examination to date of Nazi propaganda activities targeting Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East during World War II and the Holocaust. He draws extensively on previously unused and little-known archival resources, including the shocking transcriptions of the “Axis Broadcasts in Arabic” radio programs, ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Prithvi Shams
Nov 09, 2015 Prithvi Shams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is basically a collection of Nazi and pro-Axis Arab propaganda in the Middle East. While it drives home its point about Nazi appropriation of anti-Semitic elements entrenched in the religious and cultural traditions of the Arab world, I find it problematic that the author subtly implies that Arab anti-antisemitism somehow justifies or garners sympathy for Zionism. Like Orientalist and Zionist literature, this book seems to ignore that Palestinian Arabs have a voice, that they have the ...more
Gary
Jan 10, 2015 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A comprehensive and pivotal work detailing the dissemination of propaganda from Nazi Germany into the Middle East and north Africa during the Second World War, and the development that this had on Arab and Islamic anti-Semitism/Anti-Zionism to this very day.

During the Second World War Nazi Germany circulated millions of printed leaflets and broadcast thousands of hours of shortwave radio (all in Arabic) in order to disseminate it's anti-Jewish ideology throughout he Arab world. what this work do
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Lucas Johnson
Jan 30, 2016 Lucas Johnson rated it it was amazing
Any clear-eyed comparison of the Axis propaganda produced for Arab Muslims with the rhetoric that continues to be used among this population is deeply discouraging. The element of this story that creates the biggest pit in my stomach is the fact that American officials (among others) decided not to counteract the propaganda in order to avoid reinforcing the Nazi narrative. This strategy, quite clearly, has not worked.
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Jeffrey Herf is a professor of history at the University of Maryland. His specialty is in 20th-century European intellectual history, especially in Germany. He won the American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Prize in 1998; in September 1996, he was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History by the Institute of Contemporary History and the Wiener Library in London. He has also p ...more
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