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Less known Arab-Nazi: Mamdouh Al-Maidani

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Submitted by Charles (United States), Dec 30, 2022 at 17:22

Mamdouh Al-Maidani
ممدوح الميداني
(Mamduh el Meidany)

* Syrian Arab Nazi.

* Escaped to France with Rashid Ali Al Gaylani (the guy of the pro-Nazi coup 1941, Iraq with Palestine Mufti and others).

* At the plot (attempting) to abduct Eichmann from Israeli jail.

Hitler's man in Damascus: how did they plan to rescue Eichmann from the Israeli prison?

April 4, 2020.

The duo worked with German-speaking Syrian officers who served in the SS during World War II. They also took part in the dirty arms business with the Algerian underground, while cutting off a fat coupon. Under the command of Captain Laham and another officer, Mamdouh Al-Maidani, they gathered intelligence about Germans and Austrians who lived in Syria and Lebanon, and probably also exchanged information with agents of the BND. Journalist and amateur detective Herman Schafer, who managed to infiltrate the Nazi community in Damascus, said that every time an extradition request came against Brunner, Maidani summoned him and Rademacher to the ministry, and asked them if they were "in Syria". When they replied in the negative, struggling to stifle their laughter, Midani replied on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior that there are no such people in the country. This will be the regular Syrian answer to every extradition request for decades to come...

[האיש של היטלר בדמשק: כיצד תכננו לחלץ את אייכמן מהכלא הישראלי?

...הצמד עבד עם קצינים סורים דוברי גרמנית, ששירתו בס"ס במהלך מלחמת העולם השנייה. אלו לקחו חלק גם בעסקי הנשק המלוכלכים עם המחתרת האלג'יראית, בעודם גוזרים קופון שמן. תחת פיקודם של קפטן לחאם וברנש נוסף, ממדוח אל-מידאני, אספו מודיעין על גרמנים ואוסטרים שגרו בסוריה ולבנון, וכנראה גם החליפו מידע עם סוכנים של ה-BND. העיתונאי והבלש החובב הרמן שפר, שהצליח לחדור לקהילה הנאצית בדמשק סיפר שבכל פעם שהגיעה בקשת הסגרה נגד ברונר, זימן מידאני אותו ואת רדמאכר למשרד, ושאל אותם אם הם "נמצאים בסוריה". כשהשיבו בשלילה, מתקשים להחניק את צחוקם, ענה מידאני בשם משרד הפנים כי אין אנשים כאלה במדינה. זו תהיה התשובה הסורית הקבועה לכל בקשת הסגרה בעשרות השנים הבאות.]

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⁨⁨The Sydney Jewish News⁩, 30 August 1946⁩



On June 14th., the English 'Tribune' published a few inte resting items. They dealt with the position in Palestine, as at the time of the "escape" of the Mufti. The. following precis presents a side of the case never shown by the daily press here. Ed.


It was a foregone conclusion that the ex-Mufti would disappear from France.

For almost a month beforehand important newspaper correspondents in -Paris were ad vised by London and New York offices to watch closely for the event of the Mufti's disappearance. He had received exceptionally lenient treatment from both Britain and France.

The Palestine Government had a warrant out for his arrest in connection with the murder of the British District Commissioner of Nablus in 1937.
Later he was associated with the Nazi rising in Iraq, for this his colleague Rashid Ali, was sentenced to death by the Iraq Government.

Then the Mufti went to Berlin and from there broadcast for the Nazis and travelled in the Moslem areas of Yugoslavia to recruit Moslems for the S.S. The most important implication of his escape is not his past re cord but his connection with a fairly extensive Nazi terrorist organisation operating in the Middle East, "which has come to the notice of the British Security Authorities."


For some time now British co unter-intelligence has suspected the existence of a Nazi under ground system in the Middle East set up during the war an^ operat ing with a number of Arab colla borationists.

A group of Germans and Arabs trained at the Nazi sabotage school at Athens was parachuted into Palestine and Iraq as late as October 1944, with in structions not directly concerned with the outcome of the war but with longer-term policy.
A few were caught, but the leaders with the bulk of substantial fimds, es caped and disappeared.

Some weeks ago British security officials again picked up the trail which led them to Acre, where a prominent Nazi was ar rested.

At the same time they uncovered, in conjunction with the Egyptian police, the organisation responsible last January for the murder of the pro-British Wafd leader, Amin Osman Pasha & for many recent bomb outrages in Cairo and Alexandria (we have heard very little here of these out rages in Egypt prior to June, Ed.)

The organisation, it was found, had been financed and run by Nazis and pro-Axis Egyptians. Its leader was an officer in the Egyptian Army.


Our daily press a few days ago itemised a reference to the newly organised training of the Arabs by a former lawyer.

The 'Tribune' in June carried the following item:

"Attention has also been directed to an organisation which ostensibly trains volunteers to help the Palestine Arabs and which has set up a training camp in Syria.

The officer in charge of training is Mamdauh el Meidani, who escaped from Prance with Rashid Ali, the leader of the Iraq Rebellion, and with him sought refuge in Mecca. During the war he acted as in termediary between pro-Nazi Arabs and Germans.

His chief assistant is Akram Zeitar, head of the Arab Section of the Nazi sabotage school in Athens during the war and res ponsible for briefing Nazi para troops dropped in the Middle East.

At present 150 volunteers are being trained at this camp, which has been visited by the Syrian Minister of Defence, Nabih el Amzeh, who was interned by the Allies as one of the leaders of the pro-Nazi party in Syria and a close friend of the Hitler Youth leader, Baldur von Schirach."

All the forgoing indicates how vitally important to the Jewish community in Palestine is the ex istence of its own defense organi sation— Haganah. Ed.

'Arab Nazis - The full story of an unfinished alliance.' By Ramy Raafat, Al-Riwaq for Publishing and Distribution. 2020.

who accompanied Rashid in his exile ... the Belgian and stayed there for about a month, and there were two Syrians with him: (Mamdouh al-Maidani) and (Jamil al-Jabi). , which he was able to obtain...

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Arab horizons, Volume 1, Issues 9-12, 1976, p. 139.

And aid on behalf of them and their families, so this ship came, and I hid as a Syrian student and worked with a Syrian passport and named my name Rashid Ali). ... In Prague, when there was a Swiss consul looking after the affairs of the Syrians, I went to him with two Syrians, one of whom was named Mamdouh Al-Maidani...

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Iraqi-Saudi relations between 1914-1953
Muhammad Saeed Ahmed, Al Manhal, 2013, p. 298.

He added that the second man was named Mamdouh al-Maidani. The British ambassador rose to his feet, protesting: "This is a war criminal, and he did not carry an identity card in the name of Ahmed Abdel Qader, a Syrian sheep merchant."

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