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Iran's Nazi Love Affair

Edwin Black, author of The Transfer Agreement and IBM and the Holocaust, writes in the SF Chronicle:

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has shot to the forefront of Holocaust denial with his rabble-rousing remarks last month. But it’s more like self-denial. The president of Iran need only look to his country’s Hitler-era past to discover that Iran and Iranians were strongly connected to the Holocaust and the Hitler regime, as was the entire Islamic world under the leadership of the mufti of Jerusalem.
Iran’s axis with the Third Reich began during the prewar years, when it welcomed Nazi Gestapo agents and other operatives to Tehran, allowing them to use the city as a base for Middle East agitation against the British and the region’s Jews.

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4 thoughts on “Iran's Nazi Love Affair

  1. Excuse me, but that sort of rhetoric fuels muslim holicaust denial. One the Mufti wasn’t representing anyone but himself. 2)To the extent he represented anyone it was sunnis not shias of Iran. 3)He was probably triangulating against Britain, not advocating holicaust. As were the Iranians. This is understandable since both were being colonized by Britain. 4)You can also find really stupid alliances with nazis among the Jewish Leadership of the time. For instance the Stern Gang.

  2. What a great way to skirt around the issue! You might want to read the part about the Shah’s love-affair with German National-Socialism, or how many Gestapo agents came to Tehran during the war.
    Wow, you learn something new everyday! For instance, I never knew “Iran” was Farsi for Aryan. Interesting.

  3. There ancesters were Aryans, as were the ancestors of the people of Northern India, it doesn’t mean he did it to please the Germans who obviously aren’t kissin cousins to the Germans.
    This is just a way to turn all of Israels neighbors into Nazis. Some of these people even say the Mufti planned the final solution.

  4. There should have been a period after “it doesn’t mean they did it to please the germans.” and the last sentense should have been. They(Iranians)obviously aren’t kissin cousins with the Germans.” Do Iranians look like blond blue eyed Swedes to you? This font is very small and difficult to read. I can’t wait till you get the website up to full speed again.
    Here is a wikipedia article on the subject. Basically the german confused a linguistic group with race. DNA evidence actually shows Iranians to be closely related to Kurds and Jews. This is understandable because at one people the Jews were liberated from the Babylonian captivity by Cyrus the Great. Since Zoastranianism is also monotheistic it may very well have had an impact on the Jewish religion.
    I am not defending the President of Iran. He is being a stupid jerk, but I don’t think it is helpful to turn all of Israels enemies into the latest nazis.

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