Hitler's Last Secret
What if scholars can prove beyond reasonable doubt that the Koran was not dictated by the Archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Mohammad during the 7th century, but rather was redacted by later writers drawing on a variety of extant Christian and Jewish sources? That would be the precise equivalent of proving that the Jesus Christ of the Gospels really was a composite of several individuals, some of whom lived a century or two apart.
It has long been known that variant copies of the Koran exist, including some found in 1972 in a paper grave at Sa'na in Yemen, the subject of a cover story in the January 1999 Atlantic Monthly. Before the Yemeni authorities shut the door to Western scholars, two German academics, Gerhard R Puin and H C Graf von Bothmer, made 35,000 microfilm copies, which remain at the University of the Saarland. Many scholars believe that the German archive, which includes photocopies of manuscripts as old as 700 AD, will provide more evidence of variation in the Koran.
Spengler's article in Asia Times, about how the contents of documents long suppressed by the Nazis and now in a Berlin vault may hold proof of the origins of Islam, reads like an extract from the Da Vinci Code, only potentially more intriguing. The idea that Hitler might succeed, even in death, in exterminating the Jews would make a fascinating book plot.
Why were the Nazis so eager to suppress Koranic criticism? Most likely, the answer lies in their alliance with Islamist leaders, who shared their hatred of the Jews and also sought leverage against the British in the Middle East. ...
It may be a very long time before the contents of the Bavarian archive are known. Some Koranic critics, notably the pseudonymous scholar "Ibn Warraq", claim that Professor Angelika Neuwirth, the archive's custodian, has denied access to scholars who stray from the traditional interpretation. Neuwirth admits that she has had the archive since 1990. She has 18 years of funding to study the Bavarian archive, and it is not clear who will have access to it.
This is the 21st century. The era of "Hope"; the time for "Change". The first years of the End of History. Not. Even though the shadows of Chicago, Nazi Germany and even the 8th century in Arabia lie heavy on us the truth is that the past is as much a manufacture of the present as the present is a product of the past. The contents of the vault will not change the world, any more than the Dead Sea Scrolls could. What is invariant is the human heart; and we live within the prison of its longings and its hates.