The irony of it all

Did a German officer prevent the massacre of the Jews of Palestine during World War I?

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December 8, 2011 15:58
Falkenhayn on the Temple Mount with Jamal Pasha, T

Falkenhayn. (photo credit: Library of Congress collection photo)

 
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The Ottoman war effort in Palestine during World War I was led by German officers, and their involvement was recorded by the American Colony photographers. German General Erich von Falkenhayn, an able Prussian officer who served as the chief of staff of the German Army, was the commander of the Turkish and German troops during the critical 1917-1918 period.

A German photographic collection contains a picture of Falkenhayn leaving Palestine in 1918 and bears an amazing caption that claims Falkenhayn prevented a Turkish massacre of the Jews of Palestine (unfortunately permission was not granted to use the photo):

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