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    Doha (AFP) - Qatari state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera suspended two journalists on Sunday over a video they produced claiming the extent of the Holocaust was being misrepresented by Jews.

    The clip, posted by Al Jazeera's online AJ+ Arabic service, claimed "the narrative" that the Nazis killed six million Jews was "adopted by the Zionist movement".

    Six million Jews were systematically killed by the Nazis during World War II.

    Images of the persecution of European Jews living under Nazi rule, as well as photographs of those killed, were overlayed with narration asking "why is there a focus only on them?"

    The video said that "along with others, the Jews faced a policy of systematic persecution which culminated in the Final Solution".

    But the clip went on to suggest that because of the Jewish community's access to "financial resources (and) media institutions", it was able to "put a special spotlight" on the suffering of the Jews.

    "The video content and accompanying posts were swiftly deleted by AJ+ senior management from all AJ+ pages and accounts on social media, as it contravened the network's editorial standards," the Al Jazeera Media Network said in a statement.

    "Al Jazeera completely disowns the offensive content in question and reiterated that Al Jazeera would not tolerate such material," added Yaser Bishr, the executive director of the digital division.

    Bishr also called for "mandatory bias training", according to the statement.

    The clip and social media posts, first published on May 18, were "swiftly deleted" by management, it added.

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    They spoke the truth, so what?

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    Being black in Nazi Germany

    By Damian Zane
    BBC News
    22 May 2019

    Film director Amma Asante came across an old photograph taken in Nazi Germany of a black schoolgirl by chance.
    Standing among her white classmates, who stare straight into the camera, she enigmatically glances to the side.


    Curiosity about the photograph - who the girl was and what she was doing in Germany - set the award-winning film-maker off on a path that led to Where Hands Touch, a new movie starring Amandla Stenberg and George MacKay.
    It is an imagined account of a mixed-race teenager's clandestine relationship with a Hitler Youth member, but it is based on historical record.
    Warning: Some people may find some of the content of this article upsetting
    In the Nazi era, from 1933 to 1945, African-Germans numbered in their thousands.
    There was no uniform experience, but over time, they were banned from having relationships with white people, excluded from education and types of employment, and some were sterilised, while others were taken to concentration camps.
    'Disbelief and dismissiveness'
    But their story has largely been untold - and it has taken Ms Asante 12 years to get her account of the period on to the big screen.

    "Often there's a form of disbelief, of questioning, sometimes even a dismissiveness of the difficult lives these people led," she told the BBC about the reaction she received from some when she spoke about her research for the film.
    The African-German community has its origins in the country's short-lived empire. Sailors, servants, students and entertainers from present-day Cameroon, Togo, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Namibia came to Germany.

    Once World War One broke out in 1914 this transient population became more settled, according to historian Robbie Aitken. And some African soldiers who fought for Germany in the war also settled there.
    But there was a second group whose presence went on to feed into the Nazis' fear of racial mixing.
    As part of the treaty that was signed after Germany's defeat in World War One, French troops occupied the Rhineland area of western Germany.
    France used at least 20,000 soldiers from its African empire, mainly North and West Africa, to police the area, some of whom went on to have relationships with German women.
    Racist caricatures
    The derogatory term "Rhineland -------s" was coined in the 1920s to refer to the 600-800 mixed-race children who were the result of those relationships.
    The term spoke to some people's imagined fears of an impure race. Made-up stories and racist caricatures of sexually predatory African soldiers were circulated at the time, fuelling concern.
    Image copyrightROBBIE AITKEN
    Image caption
    The 1936 headline in the Frankfurter Volksblatt says: "600 -------s Accuse, the legacy of black crimes against the Rhinelanders"

    While anti-Semitism occupied a pre-eminent place at the heart of Nazi ideology, a line in Mein Kampf, the book published in 1925 outlining the political beliefs of party leader Adolf Hitler, linked Jewish and black people.
    "It was and is the Jews who bring the Negroes into the Rhineland," Hitler wrote, "always with the same secret thought and clear aim of ruining the hated white race by the necessarily resulting -------isation."
    Once in power, the Nazis' obsession with Jews and racial purity gradually led to the Holocaust, the industrialised slaughter of six million Jewish people during World War Two, as well as the mass murder of Roma, people with disabilities and some Slavic people.
    Mr Aitken, who researches the lives of black Germans, says they were targeted too - albeit not in the same systematic way.
    He describes them as being assimilated into the Nazis' "spiralling radicalisation of racial policy".
    He says evidence shows their policies toward "other 'racial aliens' hint toward a goal of racial annihilationism".

    'I felt only half-human'
    In 1935, the Nuremberg laws, which among other things outlawed marriages between Jews and other Germans, were passed. These were then amended to include black people and Roma in the same category as Jews.
    But a fear of racial mixing persisted and in 1937 the mixed-race children from the Rhineland were targeted for forced sterilisation.
    Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
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    In 1942, Heinrich Himmler wanted a census of all the black people living in Germany
    Hans Hauck was one of at least 385 people who underwent the operation. Mr Hauck, the son of an Algerian soldier and a white German, appeared in the 1997 documentary Hitler's Forgotten Victims.
    He spoke about how he was taken in secret to have a vasectomy. He was then given a sterilisation certificate, to allow him to carry on working, and he had to sign an agreement saying he would not marry or have sex with people "with German blood".
    "It was depressing and oppressive," he told the documentary makers, "I felt only half-human".
    Another victim, Thomas Holzhauser, said on the film: "Sometimes I'm glad I couldn't have children. At least they were spared the shame I lived with."
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    The children were inhabiting two places at the same time. They were both insiders and outsiders"
    Amma Asante
    Writer and director of Where Hands Touch
    Very few others spoke about their experiences while they were alive, and "there have not been many attempts to uncover what eventually happened to the majority of them", Mr Aitken, who is one of the few historians working on the subject, told the BBC.
    "It is worthwhile remembering that the Nazis also wilfully destroyed many of the documents pertaining to camps and to sterilisation, making it difficult to reconstruct the fates of groups and individuals," he said.
    Ms Asante, who has also written and directed Belle and A United Kingdom, says many of these people suffered an identity crisis. They had a German parent and saw themselves as German, but they were also isolated and never fully embraced.
    "The children were inhabiting two places at the same time. They were both insiders and outsiders," the 49-year-old said.
    Though their experiences differed, all black Germans were subjected to persecution under Nazi rule.
    Germany's colonial era, especially the attempted genocide of the Herero and Nama people in Namibia, already led to a negative view of Africans.

    More on Germany's colonial legacy:
    Namibia's reparations and Germany's first genocide
    Germany returns skulls of Namibian genocide victims
    A 40-year search for a skull in Germany

    After Hitler came to power, they were harassed, humiliated in public, excluded from types of work and education, and essentially rendered stateless.
    There was some resistance. For example, Hilarius Gilges, who was mixed race, was a Communist and anti-Nazi agitator. He was kidnapped and murdered in 1933.
    Once war broke out in 1939, their position became more precarious. People in mixed relationships could be targeted for sterilisation, imprisonment or murder.

    Trying to be invisible
    That was the fear of Theodor Wonja Michael, who was born in Berlin in 1925 - the son of a Cameroonian man and a German woman
    Growing up he appeared in so-called "human zoos", or ethnographical exhibitions, he told German broadcaster DW in 2017.
    Image caption
    This is thought to show Jean Voste (R), born in Belgium Congo, the only black prisoner in Dachau concentration camp (Photo courtesy of Frank Manucci)

    "With vast skirts, drums, dancing and songs - the idea was that people on display were foreign, exotic and were showing spectators what their homeland was like," he said. "Basically it was just a big show."
    Once the Nazis came to power he knew that he had to stay as invisible as possible, especially when he became a teenager.
    "Of course, with a face like this I could never completely disappear, but I tried.
    "I avoided all contact with white women. That would have been horrible. I would have been sterilised and I might also have been charged with racial defilement," he said on the DW film Afro-Germany.
    Image caption
    Amma Asante says her film will make it difficult to deny that black people suffered during the Nazi era
    In 1942, Heinrich Himmler, who was one of the architects of the Holocaust, ordered a census of the black people living in Germany. This could indicate the beginnings of a plan of mass murder, though no such plan was ever put in place.
    Instead, there is evidence of at least two dozen black Germans ending up in concentration camps in Germany.
    "People would simply disappear and you wouldn't know what happened to them," Elizabeth Morton, whose parents ran an African entertainment troupe, said in the documentary Hitler's Forgotten Victims.
    Through Where Hands Touch, Ms Asante is trying to shed new light on these stories.
    As a British-Ghanaian she feels that the role and presence of people from the African diaspora in European history is often missed out - and says her film will make it difficult to deny that black people suffered at the hands of the Nazis.
    "I think there's a lot of ignorance and currently there's a lot of dismissing of what these people went through."

    Where Hands Touch is currently on release in the UK and on various streaming services in the US.


    What the Muslims of non-aryan origin went through is of course a mystery to most of us - though easily imaginable for those who possess vision - considering that it was zionist controlled forces who took over the concentration camps which housed those people who had not been moved to Palestine as part of the zionist-nazi deal.

    When considering the warm relationship between germany and the ottoman empire during the invasions and occupations of Muslim majority lands in the middle east by european masonic regimes, and the transport routes that were being built between germany and turkey - one can easily envision that there were many more Muslims in germany before the holocaust than the global population is being informed of by usurer controlled media - the nazi use of the hindu swastika at the same time that indian hindus were massacring indian muslims under the control of british administrators as palestine was being partitioned and a hostage deal was being hammerred out for the creation pakistan - is another pointer to the political psychology prevalent at the time
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