Robert Satloff

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Robert Satloff is an American writer and, since January 1993, the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP). Satloff's expertise includes "U.S. policy, public diplomacy, Arab and Islamic politics, Arab-Israeli relations, U.S.-Israel relations, peace process, Middle East democratization."[1] Satloff is also a member of the board of editors of the Middle East Quarterly, a publication of the Middle East Forum.

Satloff received a Ph.D from St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. He earned an M.A. from Harvard University and B.A. from Duke University.

Satloff lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife, Jennie Litvack, an economist at the World Bank, and three sons, Benjamin, William and David.[1]

Writing career[edit]

Satloff authored or edited nine books. His writing has appeared in major newspapers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

In 2006, he wrote Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust's Long Reach into Arab Lands,[2] which reported that there were Muslims and Arabs who rescued potential victims of the Nazi-directed programs related to the Holocaust as well as those who collaborated in those programs. During the Second World War, several Arab countries were under Axis influence or control. Libya was an Italian colony (effectively controlled till 1943). Algeria was then part of France, under the rule of the pro-German Vichy regime. Morocco and Tunisia were French protectorates, also under pro-Nazi Vichy France.

From Latvia to European North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya), there was no exception in the Nazis policy of racial discrimination and physical extermination of the Jews. The war itself brought German troops to Libya to help the floundering Italian army and from there they occupied Tunisia and western Egypt.

In November 9, 1942, following Operation Torch, Nazi Germany occupied French Tunisia. During the six months of their brutal occupation, the Germans continued to implement the Final Solution in Tunisia. S.S. Obersturmbannführer (Colonel) Walter Rauff, a brutal and notorious killer involved in the development of death gas van and the Final Solution in Eastern Europe, was posted as commander of Tunis, and headed an Einsatzkommando (SS task force) to take care of the Jews. Oswald Pohl, charged by Himmler to organize the camps in Eastern Europe joined him. Despite constant attacks by the Allies from the East, the South and the air, Rauff instigated drastic anti-Jewish policies. In French Tunisia, a total of five thousand Jews worked in thirty two forced labor camps near the front line, under horrid conditions. With the Allies a few miles from Tunis, the Germans remained persistent in their war against the Jews of French Tunisia as a priority. On May 8, 1943, the Allies liberated Tunis, and the Jews in the slave labor camps.

Satloff has also provided commentary for major television network news programs, talk shows, and National Public Radio. Satloff is the only non-Arab to host a program on an Arab satellite channel: he is the creator and host of Dakhil Washington (Inside Washington), a weekly news and interview program on al-Hurra, the U.S. government-sponsored Arabic satellite television channel.

Publications[edit]

  • Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust's Long Reach into Arab Lands (PublicAffairs, 2006). ISBN 1-58648-399-4
  • The Battle of Ideas in the War on Terror: Essays on U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Middle East (The Washington Institute, 2004).
  • U.S. Policy toward Islamism (Council on Foreign Relations, 2000)
  • From Abdullah to Hussein: Jordan in Transition (Oxford University Press, 1994)
  • Troubles on the East Bank: Challenges to the Domestic Stability of Jordan (Praeger, 1986)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bio (WINEP)
  2. ^ Review by Deborah Lipstadt: The Schindlers of the Middle East Washington Post December 10, 2006

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