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Arabic Voice of Hitler During WWII, Younis Bahri

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Submitted by Liat (United States), Nov 21, 2022 at 02:32

Hussein Aboubakr Mansour Jan 10, 2022:

The Arabic Voice of Hitler During WWII, Younis Bahri, an Iraqi-born journalist, became the most familiar voice to the Arab masses from Morocco to Iraq...

Bahri worked in Berlin with Goebbels, Alfred Rosenberg, and Haj Amin Al Husseini on the Arabic broadcast. He asked Goebbels to let him broadcast Quran at the beginning of the broadcast to get the attention of Muslim listeners. Goebbels was very hesitant and agreed only after he obtained the approval of Hitler. This innovative move would force the BBC to start doing the same and start its broadcasts with Quran in order to compete.




Gilbert, M. (2011). In Ishmael's House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands. Canada: McClelland & Stewart. pp.193-4:

[ https://books.google.com/books?id=pkkrhfwCxnoC&pg=PA193 ]

Abraham Elkabir, who served in the Iraqi administration for a quarter of a century, later reflected - while living in Israel — on what went wrong between the Muslims and Jews...

The striking German military successes in the early stage of the um', the formidable German propaganda machine led by the Mufti and assisted by the Iraqi pro-Nazi broadcaster Younis Bahri, and the savage attacks of the farhud all 'had a tremendous effect on the population already infected by the anti-Semitic virus.'


Khabbaza MD, A. (2010). The Last Tango in Baghdad. United States: AuthorHouse. p.5:

[ https://books.google.com/books?id=gQt_dsL4ZesC&pg=PA5 ]

Radio Berlin started to broadcast poisonous propaganda against the Jews to the Iraqi people. My father used to listen to the German news in Arabic almost every morning, and I can well remember Yunes Bahri, the Iraqi Muslim hired by Radio Berlin, starting the news with these words: hayyil Arab—long live the Arabs—as a way of supporting the Arab cause against the Jews.


Nimrod Raphaeli, "The Farhud: Dramatis personae," June 27, 2021 / MEMRI

[ https://www.jns.org/opinion/the-farhud-dramatis-personae/ ]

A look at some of the individuals that played a key role in the 1941 Baghdad pogrom...

The mufti and his Palestinian entourage quickly connected with the Iraqi nationalist elements as well as with the German chief of legation to spread virulent anti-Semitic incitement in addition to anti-British propaganda. He seemed to have exercised considerable influence on Prime Minister al-Kailani on both the pro-Nazi and the anti-Semitic fronts.

Younis Bahri

Younis Bahri al-Juburi was born in 1904 in Mosul, northern Iraq, and acquired the nickname "Bahri" (sailor) because he briefly attended a naval academy in Constantinople (Istanbul, today).
Al-Juburi joined the Arabic program at Radio Berlin in 1939. His morning broadcast always started with the call "Huna Berlin. Hayii al Arab"—"This is Berlin. Arab greetings." The second part of the opening greeting has been interpreted as "a greeting that addresses the Arab mentality, evokes national feelings, and creates enthusiasm and pride." In his manner of delivery, there was "a kind of clowning and mockery of the Allies, to whom he promised every day a catastrophic defeat." His autobiography carries the same call.

Historians have regularly attributed much blame for the June events in Baghdad to the mufti of Jerusalem. The blame is justified, but based on personal experience, I would argue that al-Juburi may have done more harm than the mufti in inciting the masses on a daily basis to take action against Britain and the Jews. In coffee shops across Iraq, radios were tuned to his program. In the early years of World War II, while German forces were making impressive advances on many fronts, his bombastic style of delivery fueled the fire of hatred and anti-Semitism.



Herf, J. (2009). Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World. United States: Yale University Press. p.139:

[ https://books.google.com/books?id=YzQNSTvHv-sC&pg=PA139 ]

Further, "the problem has been intensified by radio talks from the Grand Mufti and Younus [sic] Bahri urging the Arabs to rise,murder the Jews and seize their property."


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