Monats-Archive: Januar 2009

Turban und Hakenkreuz

Turban und Hakenkreuz:
Der Großmufti und die Nazis

TV-Documentary – 53 min.

Writer / Director: Heinrich Billstein
Camera: Colin Rosin, Ralf Lenzen, Almir Causevic
Commissioning Editor: Susanne Spröer (WDR), Kathrin Bronnert (NDR), Gerolf Karwath (SWR)

Production year: 2009

In co-production with RossPointFilm by order of WDR, BR and Arte.

Amin el Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem is one of the most enigmatic people of the 20th Century. Especially for the Arabs he is one of the most important once. Hardly another figure from the Arabic World was so entangled with the German history as he was. Even to his lifetime he was seen as a legend. He was honored and admired by his fellow countrymen and disdained and antagonized by his enemies including his opponents from the Arabic and Muslim culture. El-Husseini was sixteen years the religious head of the Palestinian Muslims, thirty years their political leader and also for a long time the political representative for the whole Arabic population. And even though it is hard to imagine today there was a time when he was quite popular and well known in Germany as well. Four years, from 1941 to 1945 the Arabic leader lived in the imperial capital. He was much obliged to the state authority and had close friends in the highest ranks of the regime. In Berlin el-Husseini supported the criminal system from the ideological and political side and defended it as ruthless and hard-bitten as a Nazi. His close connections and miscellaneous cooperation with the National Socialists had mainly one common ground: the anti-Semitism. The relation between the Mufti and the Nazis is strange and tells a until today unknown story of the Third Empire.