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As the Jewish population returns to pre-holocaust numbers, a Hitler clothing store opens in Cairo

Old Jerusalem Photo: Eugene Kaspersky/Flickr/Creative Commons

Market place in Old Jerusalem Photo: Eugene Kaspersky/Flickr/Creative Commons

According to a report released by the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI), in 2015 the number of Jews in the world has nearly returned to population numbers seen in the 1930s before World War II.

During World War II, as part of his final solution, Nazi leader Adolph Hitler slaughtered an estimated six million Jews in his death camps –Auschwitz, Auschwitz–Birkenau, Treblinka, Bełżec, Majdanek, Chełmno and Sobibór.

The Jewish population in Europe was decimated with 66% of European Jews murdered between 1941 and 1945. By the end of the war, the Jewish population was estimated at about 11 million.

According to its annual report, JPPI states the Jewish population has been steadily increasing since the War and today sits at 16.6 million. This includes 14.2 million with two Jewish parents and the remainder made up of people with one Jewish parent, who nevertheless identify themselves as Jewish.

The fastest growth spurt took place between 2005 and 2015 which resulted in an 8% increase attributed largely to orthodox families. Averaging three children per family, Jews typically have larger families than most westerners, but among Orthodox Jews the average is 6.5 per family.

With 6 million Jews, Israel has nearly 40% of the Jewish population followed closely by the US with 5.7 million. The next three largest Jewish population centers are found in France, Canada and Britain.

Due to growing antisemitism the number of Jews living in Europe has declined from 1.3 million in 1970 to one million today. Many immigrated to Israel.

But as Jews celebrated their return to pre-holocaust numbers, eerily a clothing store opened in Cairo, Egypt named after Adolph Hitler. Complete with a Nazi Swastika as its logo, the store was not buried in some back street but opened on an elite promenade referred to by some as the “Champs Elysees of Cairo.”

Hitler Store front in Cairo, Egypt Source: Gulf News

Hitler Store front in Cairo, Egypt. Source: Gulf News

The store owner, Osama Farouk, claimed he did it because he loved the name and swastika. Some are reporting his business card not only includes a swastika but also a photo of Hitler.

Not all Egyptians appreciated the name choice, some complained to Farouk and a few spit at the store. One person even tried to remove the swastika.

But not all dislike the store name.

About half of the Egyptians don’t mind and some even applauded the signage.

According to Israel News, for years Israeli diplomats have warned that Hitler is perceived much differently in the Middle East than the rest of the world. During World War II, many Arabs with the encouragement of Muslim Imams joined the Nazi cause.

Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf, which was first published in 1925, became the Bible of the National Socialist Party which led to the rise of Nazism. The book outlines Hitler’s political and racist views, particularly that the Aryans were the superior race.

Translated into Arabic in the 1960s, it has at times become a best seller in some Middle Eastern countries and has even found its way into Arabic book stores in European countries.


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