U Of Maryland History Professor Jeffrey Herf Speaks On Affects Of Nazi Propaganda
March 06, 2011 College of Arts and Humanities | History
UMD's Jeffrey Herf weighs-in on how WWII's Nazi Propaganda related to Arabs and Muslims.UMD's Jeffrey Herf weighs-in on how WWII's Nazi Propaganda related to Arabs and Muslims.
By Melissa Maguire, SMU Daily Campus
Jeffrey Herf, a history professor from the University of Maryland, spoke on Friday about Nazi propaganda as it related to the Arabs and Muslims in the World War II era in a lecture sponsored by the Tower Center of Dallas.
Herf prefaced his lecture by saying, "When you look at the text, you find that it's much more than what everybody already knows.'"
He then began his lecture by outlining the causes of World War II in regards to the Nazis, stating that the Germans very clearly outlined their plans for the mass extermination of the Jews.
This plan would later come to be known as the "Final Solution," and the details of it would be discussed between Hitler and then-leader of Palestine, Mohammad Amin al-Husayni. The two leaders would eventually collaborate in their mutual effort to expel, and later eliminate, the Jews.
Herf attributed a great deal of the Nazi's anti-Semitic propaganda's success to the radicalization and politicization of certain elements of Christianity, carefully adding that "historians take the best available evidence and make the best possible guesses and interpretations of what happened based on that evidence."