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Issue of "Welt Spiegel" - Hajj Amin al-Husseini. January 1939

Opening price: $120

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01.29.2024 07:00am

Issue of the Yiddish newspaper "וועלט שפיגעל" - World Mirror, from January 19, 1939, headline: "ענגלישע פרויען גרייטען זיך דינען זייער פאטערלנד" - "English Women Prepare to Serve Their Homeland" - Jewish newspaper published in Warsaw - months before Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland and establishment of the Warsaw Ghetto. The Issue features lead story on Jerusalem Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini - one of the last issues published by the newspaper's editorial staff.

This issue contains a major article about Jerusalem Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, his role in Arab riots in Mandatory Palestine, and his collaboration with Axis countries in Europe months before the outbreak of WWII. Al-Husseini's ties with Nazi Germany began immediately upon their rise to power. On March 31, 1933, two months after Adolf Hitler's appointment as German Chancellor, the Mufti visited the new German consul Dr. Heinrich Wolff at his office in Jerusalem, and was first to congratulate him upon his arrival. In a telegram that day to the Foreign Ministry, the consul reported that al-Husseini told him "the Muslims inside and outside Palestine welcome the new regime in Germany and hope for the spread of fascist, anti-democratic governmental system to other countries". In Iraq, al-Husseini conducted propaganda for the Axis which described Germany as "protector of the Muslim world" and portrayed Hitler as "defender of Islam, who has made it his goal to establish an Arab federation free from British rule". Another article deals with Hitler's imperialist intentions in Europe and the Allied plan towards the outbreak of WWII.

The Yiddish newspaper World Mirror was published in Warsaw, Poland between 1924-1939. It was one of the most popular Yiddish newspapers in Poland, with a circulation of over 100,000 copies. The paper covered a wide range of topics including news, politics, culture and society, with a focus on Jewish affairs, and often criticized the Polish government's treatment of its Jewish citizens. The World Mirror was shut down by the Nazis in 1939, shortly after the outbreak of WWII. Many of the newspaper's journalists and editors were killed during the Holocaust.

20 p. 36 cm. Good condition.

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169. Issue of "Welt Spiegel" - Hajj Amin al-Husseini. January 1939