In an interview with an American academic, Ahmed Huber recounted a conversation he had with Mohammad Amin al-Husseini, who told him of a meeting with Hitler:
“The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el-Husseini, whom I met in 1965 in Beirut, we had a long talk. He told me many, many
interesting things, because he had an almost friendship relationship with Adolf Hitler. He told me a fantastic story. On one night in December 1941, after the big victories of Germany over the Soviet Union, he had a long talk with Hitler about architecture, culture, the music of Richard Wagner, and so on.
“Hitler started talking about race theory and anti-Semitism and the Grand Mufti asked Hitler, ‘Did you ever think, Mr. Chancellor, that your race theory comes out of Judaism? It comes out of the Old Testament.’ And Hitler was very astonished by that. The Grand Mufti knew the Bible very well.
“He said, ‘All of your ideas, the doctrine of the Nazi Party are in the Old Testament. The chosen people of God are not the chosen people, but the chosen race and that blood carries the soul. And this chosen race must keep its blood pure. It must not mix its blood with non-Jews, the foreigners, the subhuman beasts called the goyim, are inferior to the Jewish master race. The genocide order of God in the fifth book of Moses and in the book of Joshua. The race laws of Ezra and Ishmael. All of these things are in the Old Testament.’
“Hitler was absolutely astonished, and the Mufti told him [further], ‘You have not high esteem for the Africans, for Black people. And also this comes from the Old Testament in the first book of Moses, the Black race is doomed, considered by God to eternal slavery. It’s the famous curse by God on Ham, one of the three sons of the Prophet Noah.’
“So when the Mufti told Hitler another story, he said, ‘You, Mr. Chancellor, hate the Roman Catholic Church,’ [to which] Hitler responded, ‘Really?’ [The Mufti replied], ‘Yes it’s true, but you, Mr. Hitler, you never left the church. You are still formally a member of the Roman Catholic Church.’ Then the Mufti added, ‘Mr. Chancellor, you have organized your party like the Roman Catholic Church. You are the pope. Your Gauleiters and Reichsleiters are the cardinals and the archbishops. And your party congresses are [like] high masses – religious ceremonies – which you celebrate as the high priest.’
“Hitler became furious and walked out. And for three weeks the Mufti had to go to the Reichschancellary in Berlin, and he told me, ‘There I thought he would arrest me and shout at me.’ Hitler came and smiled at the Mufti, put his hands around his arms, and said, ‘Your eminence, I want to apologize to you. I behaved like an uneducated little boy.’
“He said, ‘I have read the Bible and thought about what you said and now that final victory is close, Moscow will fall in a few weeks, and the Soviet Union will be gone, and then final victory will come. We must talk about all these things and try to make some changes in our ideology.’ And, of course, final victory never came, but Hitler dedicated a text to Christoph Schroeder and Frau Junge, his secretary, which is called the Hitler-Bormann Documents, or the Testament of Adolf Hitler. In this text, Hitler makes a criticism of his policies.”