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Arab diplomat: "Hitler was so popular at the height of his victories that many Arabs gave his name to their children"

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Submitted by Charles (United States), Jan 7, 2023 at 20:02

The Germans and the Arabs, a historical view

The privacy of their relations deserves study and reflection, and it is necessary to open strong bridges with the world

Mostafa El-Feki is a writer and researcher

Monday, March 15, 2021.

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Here I recall those Arab-German contacts through which a Palestinian party tried to get close to the Nazi leader and persuade him to support Mufti Amin al-Husseini after the Palestinian revolutions in the thirties against the Jewish expansion [sic] in Palestine, and we must admit here that al-Husseini was not a cacophony that he played alone, but Hitler's popularity was growing in a number of Arab countries that saw him as a savior from British-French control. Perhaps we remember Rashid Ali al-Kilani (al-Gaylani) and his revolution in Iraq and the group of Ali Maher (Aly Maher Pasha), Aziz al-Masry (al-Misri), Ahmed Talaat and others who sympathized with the German point of view, not out of love for the Germans, but in revenge for the power of the British. Indeed, the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was also affiliated with that national trend.

Hitler was so popular at the height of his victories that many Arabs gave his name to their children, as some of them called him "Hajj Muhammad Hitler", and we still remember the unsuccessful attempt when Aziz Pasha Al-Masry (al-Misri) saw the possibility of using one of the planes to reach behind the Allied lines in the African Corps (Afrika Korps) to support "Rommel the Desert Fox", who was victorious at the time before Montgomery succeeded in sweeping the German forces and changing the course of the war in favor of the Allies in the face of the Axis powers. We are here in the process of an overlapping political dialogue between the Germans and the Arabs.

I recall now that the Wafd government sent Abd al-Khaliq Pasha Hassouna (Mohamed Abdulkhalek El Sayed ), the governor of Alexandria, with a greeting and welcome message to the victorious leader Rommel at the height of his victories, but the mission of the first was not completed because the balance of the battle had shifted in favor of the allies, and perhaps those Egyptian, Palestinian, Iraqi, and perhaps Syrian attempts as well were .. kind of desperate attachment to the "Third Reich" when Hitler swept most of the European countries before the balance of power turned against his army. With the end of World War II, the Arabs came to terms with the fact that the absence of freedoms in any regime does not guarantee its steadfastness and continuity. I now recall a rare thing that I do not forget, which is that a senior Egyptian officer was called Hitler, and one of the ironic ironies is that Egypt nominated him as a military attache in Bonn, the capital of West Germany, and on that day the world arose and did not sit still, so his decision was changed to be a military attache to our brothers in Khartoum, and the man became after that an important oversight and security position, but its name bears an indication of the enthusiasm of that generation that experienced World War II and was influenced by the victories of Hitler and his army, which was sweeping the small European countries in an unprecedented manner.

الألمان والعرب رؤية تاريخية

خصوصية العلاقات بينهما تستحق الدراسة والتأمل ومن الضروري فتح جسور قوية مع العالم

مصطفى الفقي كاتب وباحث

الاثنين 15 مارس 2021

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وهنا أتذكر تلك الاتصالات العربية الألمانية التي حاول من خلالها طرف فلسطيني الاقتراب من الزعيم النازي وإقناعه بدعم المفتي أمين الحسيني بعد ثورا
فلسطينية في الثلاثينيات ضد التوسع اليهودي في فلسطين، ويجب أن نعترف هنا أن الحسيني لم يكن نغمة نشاز يعزفها وحده، بل كانت شعبية هتلر متزايدة في عدد من الدول العربية التي كانت ترى أنه المنقذ من السيطرة البريطانية الفرنسية. ولعلنا نتذكر رشيد علي الكيلاني.

وثورته في العراق ومجموعة علي ماهر وعزيز المصري وأحمد طلعت وغيرهم ممن كانوا يتعاطفون مع وجهة النظر الألمانية لا حبّاً في الألمان، ولكن انتقاماً من سطوة الإنجليز، بل إن الرئيس المصري الراحل أنور السادات محسوب هو الآخر على ذلك التيار الوطني.
لقد بلغ من شعبية هتلر في عز انتصاراته أن كثيراً من العرب أطلقوا اسمه على أبنائهم كما كان بعضهم يلقبّه بـ"الحاج محمد هتلر"، وما زلنا نتذكر المحاولة التي لم تنجح عندما رأى عزيز باشا المصري إمكانية استخدام إحدى الطائرات للوصول إلى ما وراء خطوط الحلفاء في الفيلق الأفريقي لدعم "روميل ثعلب الصحراء"، الذي كان منتصراً في ذلك الوقت قبل أن ينجح مونتغمري في اكتساح القوات الألمانية وتغيير مسار الحرب لصالح الحلفاء في مواجهة دول المحور. إننا هنا بصدد حوار سياسي متداخل بين الألمان والعرب.

أتذكر الآن أن حكومة الوفد أوفدت عبد الخالق باشا حسونة، محافظ الإسكندرية برسالة تحية وترحيب إلى القائد الظافر روميل في أوج انتصاراته، ولكن مهمة الأول لم تتم لأن ميزان المعركة كان قد تحوّل لصالح الحلفاء، ولعل تلك المحاولات المصرية أو الفلسطينية أو العراقية وربما السورية أيضاً إنما هي نوع من التعلق اليائس بـ"الرايخ الثالث" عندما اكتسح هتلر معظم الدول الأوروبية قبل أن يتحول ميزان القوى في غير صالح جيشه. وبانتهاء الحرب العالمية الثانية، أفاق العرب على حقيقة أن غياب الحريات في أي نظام لا يضمن صموده واستمراره. وأتذكر الآن نادرة لا أنساها وهي أن ضابطاً مصرياً كبيراً كان اسمه هتلر، ومن المفارقات الساخرة أن مصر رشحته ملحقاً عسكرياً في بون، عاصمة ألمانيا الغربية ويومها قامت الدنيا ولم تقعد، فجرى تغيير قراره ليكون ملحقاً عسكرياً لدى أشقائنا في الخرطوم، وقد تبوّأ الرجل بعد ذلك موقعاً رقابياً وأمنياً مهماً، ولكن تسميته تحمل دلالة حماسة ذلك الجيل الذي عاصر الحرب العالمية الثانية وتأثر بانتصارات هتلر وجيشه، الذي كان يكتسح الدول الأوروبية الصغيرة بشكل غير مسبوق..

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