Had World War II gone on longer, had Hitler only been a better planner, etc. etc. etc., one could certainly make a legitimate claim that Nazi Germany could have forged an even more deeply rooted alliance with Islam, which would have changed the entire paradigm of the North African Campaign, that of the entire Middle East, and we probably would have seen a lot more Muslim SS divisions. Only fate, the Allies, and Hitler's extreme stupidity and narcissism saved humanity from this peril.
The Mufti and/or his quislings were able to block "transfers" of Jews from some European countries to what was then called Palestine. The fate of these innocent human beings was a horrific death in an extermination center.
Or did it? (hat tip Glenn)
The new Bosnian Muslim Nazis:
Bosnian neo-nazi organization was birthed today that insists that Bosnia belongs to the Bosniaks, an invented nationality with which Bosnian Muslims identify in order to avoid their religious background when talking to the Western press.
The new Nazi Bosnian Pride Movement (Bosanski pokret nacionalnog ponosa) believes that Serbs and Croats have no right to the state and that the state belongs exclusively to Bosnian Muslims, aka Bosniaks. The Pride’s insignia is pictured on the left.
The Nazi Bosnian Pride Movement has expanded its enemy list from their WWII predecessors, the Handzar Division and the Young Muslims.
As their enemies, Nazi Bosnian Pride Movement includes the usual ones they were exterminating in WWII – Jews, Gypsies and Serbs – but have expand the list to include Chetniks, Tito, communists, homosexuals, blacks and Croatian separatists.
The group plans to spread nazi leaflets very soon in the cities of Sarajevo, Zenica, Bihac, Tuzla and Mostar, all cities with substantial Muslim and Croat population that will find the message appealing.
The group’s a notoriously slow to load web site, bosnacenter.com, serves up a blank page but with little googling their moderated chat room appears with postings on Zionism, Serb Republic, Truth and 5 questions for perspective members.
One can also sport some of their multimedia courtesy of the YouTube.
THE MUFTI: Islam's direct complicity in carrying out The Holocaust in Europe, not from the Middle East, but actually taking part in the physical extermination of many innocent human beings. A Bosnian SS unit was created and it was composed of Muslims and it did take part in crimes against humanity.
The Bosnian Muslims were an army raised by the Mufi of Jerusalem that committed the most unspeakable, savage crimes against humanity.
In Spring 1943, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, (aka Amin al-Husseini), was invited by the Nazis to assist in the organizing and recruiting Bosniaks into the Waffen SS and other units in Yugoslavia. He successfully convinced the Bosniaks to go against the declarations of the Sarajevo, Mostar, and Banja Luka clerics, who in 1941 forbade Bosnian Muslims from collaborating with the Ustaše. Croatian Foreign Minister Dr. Mladen Lorkovic suggested that the Division be named "SS Ustasa Division", not an SS Division but a Croatian unit raised with SS assistance, and that its regimental names be given regional names such as "Bosna", "Krajina", "Una" etc.
The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust states that "The Germans made a point of publicizing the fact that Husseini had flown from Berlin to Sarajevo for the sole purpose of giving his blessing to the Muslim army and inspecting its arms and training exercises". According to Aleksa Djilas in The Nation That Wasn't that al-Husayni : "accepted, visited Bosnia, and convinced some important Muslim leaders that a Muslim SS division would be in the interest of Islam. In spite of these and other propaganda efforts, only half of the expected 20,000 to 25,000 Muslims volunteered."
Ante Pavelić, the Croatian leader, objected to the recruitment of an exclusively Muslim division and was concerned about a Muslim bid for independence, considering Muslim areas to be a part of the Independent State of Croatia. As a compromise the division was called "Croatian" and included at least 10% Catholic Croats.
Al-Husayni insisted that "The most important task of this division must be to protect the homeland and families (of the Bosnian volunteers); the division must not be permitted to leave Bosnia", but this request was ignored by the Germans.:34
According to Chris Bishop, Himmler convinced himself that Balkan Muslims were neither Slavs nor Turks, but were really Aryans who had adopted Islam. He believed the Muslims of Bosnia and Herzegovina to be the same, racially, as the Croats, and saw Croats as descendants of Gothic and Persian stock.
Recruitment for the division fell as the war progressed and when rumors spread that the division was going to leave Bosnia, the Muslims deserted in droves. Many times with their weapons, entire companies left with heavy weaponry to make a last stand in Bosnia. There are numerous pictures of the deserters, some still in SS uniforms (collar patches and insignia taken off) now fighting within the Green Cadres or "Huska's Vojska" faction.
The Mufti of Jerusalem salutes the Bosnian SS division
From the Encyclopedia of Holocaust, Edition 1990, Vol. 2, page 704. The caption under the photograph reads: Hajj Amin al-Husseini, Mufti of Jerusalem, inspecting troops in Bosnia (1943).
During the Second World War in Yugoslavia, as with the Catholic Church in Croatia, many Muslim clerics in Bosnia and Kosovo were willing accomplices in the genocide of the nations Serbian, Jewish and Roma population. From 1941 until 1945, the Nazi-installed regime of Ante Pavelic in Croatia carried out some of the most horrific crimes of the Holocaust (known as the Porajmos by the Roma), killing over 800,000 Yugoslav citizens - 750,000 Serbs, 60,000 Jews and 26,000 Roma. In these crimes, they were helped by Muslim fundamentalists in Bosnia and Kosovo who were openly supported by the Palestinian Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini. A notorious anti-Semite, he openly encouraged Muslims to join Nazi units that would be later implicated in genocide and crimes against humanity - the infamous Hanjar (or Handschar) 13th Waffen SS division. One of these crimes was the The Massacre at Koritska Jama Gorge, in Bosnia during 1941. The Nazi's also established a puppet state in Serbia under General Milan Nedic, who along with the Cetniks also particapated in the Holocaust in wartime Croatia (which included Bosnia) and Serbia.
What united al-Husseini and the Third Reich was a common hatred of the Jewish people. The Nazis had taken al-Husseini under their protection following the wartime invasion of Iraq. He was to spend most of the war living in a luxurious suite at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin. Hitler had enjoyed quite a following among the nationalist youth of Egypt during the war, after Nassiri Nasser, the brother of the future president of Egypt, had published an Arab edition of Mein Kampf in 1939, describing its author as the "strongest man of Europe". Not surprisingly, Egypt became like Argentina after the war - a safe haven for SS war criminals who fled there after the war. Many were keen to help President Nasser in his attempts to destroy the State of Israel. There is evidence that the shadowy ODESSA network helped many of them to Egypt. Apart from Syria - who still host the wanted SS war criminal Alois Brunner, it was in Egypt that the Post-war Arab links to the ODESSA network were strongest.
Many of the victims of the Holocaust/Porajmos were murdered in the Second World War's third largest death camp - Jasenovac, where over 200,000 people - mainly Orthodox Serbs met their deaths. Some 240,000 were "rebaptized" into the Catholic faith by fundamentalist Clerics in "the Catholic Kingdom of Croatia" as part of the policy to "kill a third, deport a third, convert a third" of Yugoslavia's Serbs, Jews and Roma in wartime Bosnia and Croatia (The Yugoslav Auschwitz and the Vatican, Vladimar Dedijer, Anriman-Verlag, Freiburg, Germany, 1988).
The most senior Muslim cleric to be involved in the Holocaust/Porajmos was Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who according to the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust (Edition 1990, Volume 2, Pages 706 and 707), made a substantial contribution to the Axis war effort by organizing "in record time" recruitment to Muslim SS units in Croatia that would be involved in some of the worse atrocities of the Second World War.
Altogether, it is estimated that some 20,000 Muslims fought in the Hanjar (Sword) SS Division, which fought against Yugoslav partisans led by General Tito, and carried out police and security details in fascist Hungary. The Nazi's recruited two SS divisions from Yugoslavia's Muslim population: the infamous Bosnian 13th Waffen Hanjar (or Handschar) SS division, and the Albanian Skanderbeg 21st Waffen SS division. SS conscription in Yugoslavia during the war produced 42,000 Waffen SS and police troops
The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust states:
They participated in the massacre of civilians in Bosnia and volunteered to join in the hunt for Jews in Croatia . . . The Germans made a point of publicizing the fact that Husseini had flown from Berlin to Sarajevo for the sole purpose of giving his blessing to the Muslim army and inspecting its arms and training exercises.
Have you ever wondered why Bosnia never officially accused Croatia of aggression for attacking it as it has done with Yugoslavia? What do Bosnian Moslem's people say about this: "Izetbegovic was Pavelic's soldier in last war !!!" Comment of a Muslim reader from Bosnia (November 2000)
According to one article on the web, Ethnic Conflicts in Civil War in Bosnia, Alija Izetbegovic, the current President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is the person who connects the present and the World War II. During the World War II, he was also linked to the SS Handschar Division. He joined the organization "Young Muslims" in Sarajevo on March 5, 1943, and is alleged to have engaged as a member of the organization in recruiting young Muslims for Handschar Division in collaboration with German intelligence services (ABWER and GESTAPO). Thus, in the spring of 1943, as leader of the Muslim youth in Sarajevo, he welcomed the Nazi collaborator Amin-el Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, to Sarajevo. In 1946, however, he was sentenced by the Yugoslav Supreme Military Court to three years of imprisonment and two years of deprivation of civil rights, because of his fascist activities. What was alleged to be his "criminal record" was published by Russian gazette "Izvestija" on 17th November 1992.
UPDATE: CORRECTION: Thanks to Julia Gorin:
Firstly, let me quote from an article I’ve got in front of me in hard copy, titled “The Martyrdom of the Serbs (1941-45),” by Veselin Kesich, Professor at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY. In contrast to WW2 Croatia’s policy toward Serbs of “kill a third, expel a third, convert a third”—which you accurately paraphrased today--Kesich quotes the same Pavelic minister who said this, Mile Budak, on the contrasting policy toward Muslims: “We are a nation of two faiths, Roman Catholic and Muslim…[The Muslims are] the purest Croats, precious stones which we must put in the structure of our Independent Croatian State.”
So you can imagine how rich it was—and continues to be—for some of us to watch as the anti-Serb-based love affair fall apart between the Croats and their fellow Nazis, the Bosniaks.
The second thing is this: You quote the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust—which, remember, is going to be as inaccurate as anything else when it comes to the Balkans in order for the Serbs to not come out looking like relatively decent people. (I can’t begin to tell you the travesty of the U.S. Holocaust Museum on this count.) Here is the travesty in one of the paragraphs you quote from them:
“The Nazi's also established a puppet state in Serbia under General Milan Nedic, who along with the Cetniks also particapated in the Holocaust in wartime Croatia (which included Bosnia) and Serbia.”
Not only did Croatia not include Serbia, but there is no comparing the Nedic regime with the Croatian one. First of all, the first time the Serbian government signed something collaborative with the Germans, the entire country revolted, and Serbian military helped the Brits overthrow it almost immediately. But after the decimation that Hitler was visiting upon the Serbs, when the leadership saw that the Serbs were on a suicide mission against Hitler, they gave in to a German occupation. This contrasts starkly with the fully Hitler-supportive Croatia, and this encyclopedia is trying to equate the two while using non-specific terminology such as “also participated.” Not only were there no independent Serbian SS units like the Bosniaks and Albanians had, and like all of Croatia effectively was, but Carl Savich explains further:
The term Chetniks is very broad and literally means an irregular fighter or guerrilla. This term was applied to various groups and individuals that were not related to each other. Draza Mihailovich, for example, was the leader of the Yugoslav Army in the Homeland which was recognized by the UK and US although they engaged in guerrilla warfare. Thus, they were labeled "Chetniks". There was an older organization led by Kosta Pechanac that had nothing to do with Mihailovich. They were rival groups. It was the Chetniks under Pechanac that worked with Nedic.
The following statement is totally false: "in Serbia under General Milan Nedic, who along with the Cetniks also particapated in the Holocaust in wartime Croatia (which included Bosnia) and Serbia."
This is nonsense. It is like saying the Judenrat participated in the Holocaust. The Judenrat were Jewish councils which the Nazis set up. Heydrich set up the first ones. These Jewish councils helped the Nazis to compile lists of Jews, helped them run the ghettoes, etc. Nedich and his government were in a similar position. They did not have much of a choice. But Nedich was not a fascist or Nazi supporter, etc., like Pavelic was. Pavelic was a hardcore fascist and Nazi supporter who believed in Hitler and the Nazi cause, sending Croats (and Bosnian Muslims) to fight in Stalingrad and in other parts of the Soviet Union. So that last sentence is total nonsense. The best analogy is with the Judenrat. If Nedich refused, the Nazis would have put in someone else who would have been much more severe. Similarly with the Judenrat, the Nazis would have put in Nazis or Germans instead who would have been even more severe. But then did the Judenrat help the Nazis in the Holocaust? It is taking the issue out of context.
So that statement is false. The Germans ran the concentration camps in Serbia. In Croatia, however, the Croatians ran the camps themselves. That is a major difference between the two. So equating Pavelic with Nedic is inaccurate. That needs to be corrected. The foremost authority on this issue is Christopher Browning. I have corresponded with him and he agrees with me on this point.
A final word from Julia: This throwing around of the term ‘Chetnik’ and painting the Chetniks as Nazi collaborators was all started from propaganda by those who wanted the world to forget that they themselves were the purest Nazis: Croatians. The West, as always when it comes to the Balkans, unquestioningly picked it up and called it ‘history.’ The Croatian effort with this is to also obfuscate the fact that Chetnik resistance fighter Draza Mihailovic, who graced the cover of TIME magazine in 1942 and who by some accounts commanded 200,000 guerrillas, saved 500 American airmen, who watched in horror as at least one entire Serbian village was burned to the ground by the Germans in response. Eisenhower would not have urged Truman to bestow upon the Tito-executed Mihailovic, whom the Allies betrayed (which Churchill called his biggest mistake of the war), a Medal of Honor, which wasn’t made public until Reagan.