The Truth in History Is Not So Simple


Satoshi Ashikaga – TRANSCEND Media Service

Jewish People, Nazis, Muslims and Other People During WWII and in the Contemporary Age

Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

The second sentence of Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

28 Apr 2024 – Some major media, political leaders and diplomats or the like provide the audience with the stereotype views that Jewish people and Muslims in general have hated against each other not only since the Nakba but also even during WWII and that Muslims intended to attack and/or destroy Jewish people during WWII.  For example, see The UN breaks the Guinness World Record for rewarding terrorism -Gilad Erdan ([i]

Hatred and division of peoples could lead the humanity eventually to the mutual annihilation. Despite that some media and some people promote the hatred against the opponent group, we, all human beings, should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.[ii]

Fortunately, there are tons of evidence and testimonies that are against the prejudicial stereotype and/or hate producing claims, mentioned above. Some pieces of the information in the following web links, in particular, could transform the bias and/or prejudice in those claims into the cautious viewpoint in searching for the truth in history.

[1]     Some Jewish People during WWII:

[2]     Some Nazi Officials during WWII:

[3]     Some Muslims during WWII:

[4]     Some Other People:

[5]     In the Contemporary Age:

The Anwars, background, a Muslim family, were guests of the Firestones, who are Jewish, at a Sabbath meal in Brooklyn.  Hilary Swift for The New York Times

[6]     A Poem That Could Bring About Peace, Love and Friendship:

If Jewish people and Muslims (and anybody else) practice together the essence of the message in the following poem from the bottom of their hearts, it could bring about peace, love and friendship to them (and to anybody else) ever more. Today, however, that is probably the most challenging act for Jewish people and Muslims (and anybody else). Will they successfully pass this test?

[i carry your heart with me (i carry it in] by E.E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in

my heart) i am never without it (anywhere

i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear

no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want

no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)


[i]However, Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, argued differently.  On 30 October 2015, according to the following article, he discussed that the Nazis had decided on the Final Solution by themselves.


In a Facebook post Friday [30 October 2015], Netanyahu made the latest in a serious of clarifications to remarks he had made in which he gave an account of a meeting between Hitler and Jerusalem’s then-grand mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini.

“Contrary to the impression that was created, I did not mean to claim that in his conversation with Hitler in November 1941 the Mufti convinced him to adopt the Final Solution. The Nazis decided on that by themselves,” the post on Netanyahu’s Facebook page reads.


Source: Netanyahu: Nazis, not Mufti, decided on Holocaust | CNN  (Saturday, 31 October 2015)

[ii]Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948 is stipulated as follows:  “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.Universal Declaration of Human Rights | United Nations


Satoshi Ashikaga is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. Having worked as researcher, development program/project officer, legal protection/humanitarian assistance officer, human rights monitor-negotiator, managing-editor, and more, he prefers a peaceful and prudent life.  His previous work experiences, including those in war zones and war-torn zones, constantly remind him of the invaluableness of peace.

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