Last August the Holocaust Museum Watch site reported that this whitewashed biography of Hitler’s Mufti had been removed. But now it is back. Is the Holocaust Museum being pressured by Islamic groups? After all, we have seen many, many times how anxious Islamic apologists are to whitewash history: think about the ongoing Turkish denial of the Armenian genocide, the elaborate fictional constructs of a tolerant, pluralistic Muslim Spain and Ottoman Empire, etc. etc. etc.
“US museum blasted for pro-Nazi mufti bio,” by Etgar Lefkovits in the Jerusalem Post, March 17 (thanks to Rob):
Is the US Holocaust Memorial Museum whitewashing the biography of the Holocaust-era mufti of Jerusalem – a notorious Nazi collaborator?
A watchdog group says the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington “seeks to exonerate Hajj Husseini from actually murdering Jews.”
So says Holocaust Museum Watch, an American group that seeks to expose Arab anti-Semitism, and which has a years-old dispute with the Holocaust Museum in Washington on the matter.
At issue now is the biographical entry for the mufti, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, on the museum’s Web site.
“The museum’s biography undercuts documented facts about the mufti, and, in an effort to be politically correct, seeks to exonerate him from actually murdering Jews and falsifies the historic record,” Carol Greenwald, chairwoman of Holocaust Museum Watch, said on Tuesday.
Husseini encouraged Arabs in Mandatory Palestine to riot and commit other violent acts against Jews.
Yet the museum’s on-line biography states that whether he “explicitly encouraged or incited the violence is not documented.”
The site also says that the British “never unequivocally linked” Husseini to the 1930s Arab riots.
During World War II, Husseini allied himself with Nazi Germany and lent his support to the “Final Solution,” the extermination of the Jews of Europe.
Husseini contributed to the German war effort by setting up Bosnian Muslim battalions that were attached to the Waffen SS, whose soldiers fought partisans in Bosnia and massacred civilians there.
The mufti also sought to convince Germany and its allies to bomb Tel Aviv and to expand the Final Solution to the Jews of North Africa and Palestine.
When he was informed of various Nazi proposals to exchange Jewish lives for goods or money, he strenuously campaigned against them.
The museum’s Web site says that impact of Husseini’s attempt to prevent the emigration of Jewish children from Europe was “nil,” and that the thousands of Balkan Muslims he recruited into the Waffen SS divisions were “generally ineffective.”
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum, which has previously changed an earlier bio of the mufti after public criticism by Holocaust Museum Watch, insisted this week that it was simply stating historical facts….