Rare footage of the Mufti meeting Hitler, 1941

With thanks: Lisette

Salim Fattal was the head of Israel’s Arabic TV service in the 1960s and made a series about the Jews of Iraq. This programme (Hebrew and Arabic) has some fascinating scenes of a service in the Meir Tweg synagogue (the last working synagogue in Baghdad). Fattal interviewed 100 Jews about their experiences in the Farhud, the 1941 massacre. Even if you do not understand the language, the film is worth seeing for its rare footage of the Mufti of Jerusalem meeting Hitler.

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  • fascinating film. As to the mufti Husseini, the top Palestinian Arab leader of the time, we see him in several parts of the film. He is agitating a mob, presumably in Baghdad, he is with German officers, he reviews the Bosnian Muslim SS division –which he had helped to recruit– the Handschar [khanjar], and he comes to meet hitler.

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