Asmahan .. the daughter of legends and the victim of the nights of humanity

We are before them all in the person of one woman, Asmahan, and the surprising thing is that she was able to travel several times between Cairo, Beirut, Damascus, Jerusalem, Amman and As-Suwayda in Jabal al-Druze, Ankara and London. to do what she did in less than seven years, and before she reached her thirtieth in Supreme Estimate (born on November 25, 1917 on a ship near the port of Izmir in Turkey). She was not an ordinary woman, but rather a legendary heroine, who should be the subject of the most successful novels or films of all time. Asmahan’s real problem was that she did not like art, or more precisely, she did not like professional art and collaborated with it. Her friend, journalist Muhammad al-Tabi’i, says she hated being in public parties to sing, and did not like. to sing in front of women at private parties, and that she went to sing for a living. At high-class weddings or provincial parties, this is explained by the fact that she felt she was created to be a princess, not a singer not. . Anyway, Asmahan’s small production, singing and acting, confirms that she was not very interested in her art despite all the tools that set her apart, or that her ambition did not make her convincing just because her name was on the technical pages in newspapers and newspapers did not appear. magazines, therefore she began to look for a greater role between the scenes of politics and the theater of social life At the expense of her artistic interests and devotion to what she had already created. Yes, al Asmahan has confirmed that she was created to be an artist, not anything else. She combined – as we said – the strength of her voice, his fitness, his uniqueness and his good training through her brother Farid al-Atrash, then Daoud Hosni on the one hand, and the nuns of the Freire School on the other. side, so she succeeded with all the musical geniuses of her time, whether they were traditionalists like Daoud Hosni and Riyad Al-Sunbati, or Renewed Kalqasbji and Medhat Assem and Farid al-Atrash. In the cinema, Asmahan presented only two films: “The Victory of Youth” (1941) and “Gram and Revenge”, which died before the filming was completed in 1944. The first film was directed by Farid Al-Atrash and Beshara Wakim, directed by Ahmed Badrakhan. The second was starring and directed by Youssef Wehbe, and before Anwar Wagdy and Mahmoud El-Meligy, and she received a salary of 17,000 pounds for him, which is the highest salary a star received at the time singing .

And because her work in art was not her first interest, she was fascinated by the game of politics, but she did not know – apparently – that playing with adults has its origins and rules, and that who does not know these assets and the permissible lines must pay the price for his ignorance. Is Asmahan ignorant about the origin of the game? Or did she want to be bigger than they wanted her to be? Anyway, the outcome is the same, cruel and fatal, life of Asmahan, who is 27 or so. All sources indicate that Asmahan’s main mission, assigned to her by British intelligence in May 1941, through her friend Amina Al-Baroudi, nicknamed “The Black Rabbit”, was to promote the loyalty of the Druze. the French government of Vichy, the agent of Germany, to loyalty to the Allied forces and to ensure the passage of the forces of Free France under the leadership of Charles de Gaulle into the mountains without resistance from Al-Atrash, the leaders of the Druze . It appears that the sensitivity and secrecy of this operation is the reason behind the conflicting real names of the Allied and Axis intelligence men who dealt with Asmahan, as stated in the writings of all who were exposed to this subject, before British intelligence the true personalities in this operation after the death of Lieutenant John Effts in 1988., the then commander of the British Sixth Division in the Middle East, and entrusted to move Asmahan, who was also one of the victims of her green eyes, according to Nicholas Vath, who quoted Asmahan’s story from British intelligence documents.


(love and revenge)

Although she succeeded in her mission thanks to the money the English spent on the leaders of the Druze, she was not only satisfied with this role, and began to use all her weapons to win the love, money and influence of all. win. stakeholders in the region, of the English, French and Jews, even when she sensed the scarcity of the English and their intention to give up her services, she did not mind dealing with “Von Bein”, Hitler’s ambassador in Turkey, not to do. she returned to her friend, the American journalist “Ford”, the German agent in the Levant, and surrendered to the English on the Syrian-Turkish border, after making sure that British intelligence knew of her intention to Ankara to travel. Journalist and film director Nasser Hussein says in his newspapers about Asmahan that German intelligence on that day issued a death sentence on Asmahan in retaliation for her agent who became the victim of this woman. In Beirut, Asmahan was subjected to an assassination attempt, but the bullets lost their way to the target, and on the Jerusalem road, her car nearly overturned due to a faulty brake, and both times the incident was registered against an unknown person. , as the authorities did not want to proceed with the investigation because they knew who the stakeholders in Asmahan’s disposal were. As for her attempts to get rid of herself, journalist Muhammad Al-Tabi’i talks in her book about Asmahan, about a suicide attempt she made on September 21, 1941 while living in an apartment in the Zamalek area. and he and her servant rescued her and recorded the incident in the ambulance files in the name of “Amal Hussein”. Her brother Farid al-Atrash speaks in his memoirs, edited by journalist Fomil Labib, entitled “The Melody of Eternity”, about another attempt she made at the Mena House Hotel overlooking the Giza Pyramids, and her friend Mary Kalaqa saved her. My father would save her again from the bullets of her husband Ahmed Salem before she was killed with her in July 1944.

Asmahan’s life went to her inevitable fate, but it seems that she waited for this fate with a deep feeling of his innocence. Farid al-Atrash tells that a friend of his came to an astrologer at their house before Asmahan traveled to Syria with her first husband, her cousin Prince Hassan al-Atrash in 1939, and he started reading her fortune to in the midst of the astonishment of those present, where he said to her: You will ascend and rule people and bring into the world three, one of whom will live, and you will die in the water when you are in the prime of youth .

Events followed wildly in the last months of Asmahan’s life. She lived in Jerusalem after the Egyptian authorities refused to allow her to live in Cairo, and she found the marriage to actor and director Ahmed Salem a golden opportunity to guarantee her entry into Egypt. , Asmahan married for the third time after Prince Hassan and director Ahmed Badr Khan, and the couple returned from Jerusalem to start filming the movie “Love and Revenge”, but her relationship with Ahmed Hassanein, head of the royal court, was the talk of the people of that time, so that Ahmed Salem once asked Ahmed Hassanein, according to Al-Tabi’i, to stay away from His wife, and that when he failed to do so, he tried to commit suicide and was saved is. Then things escalated between the spouses, until Ahmed Salem aimed his gun at her face one day in July 1944 at three o’clock in the morning. Muhammad al-Tabi’i says Ahmed Salem confirmed that his wife lied, and she justified him the reason for the delay, and that he doubted that she would return. From Ahmed Hassanein’s house. He adds that Asmahan managed to escape from her husband’s face, and hid in a neighboring house where she notified the police, so that the officer who clashed with Ahmed Salem came, and the two was wounded by stray bullets. However, Farid al-Atrash recounts the incident in a different way, saying that Ahmed Salem tried to prevent Asmahan from leaving the house with her friend Mary’s necklace, so the conversation between them raged and he threatened to kill her. shoot as she tries to get. out, and that Mary’s necklace was the one that managed to escape and inform the police and that the officer who attended it, He was a friend of Ahmed Salem, so he was allowed to enter. Farid al-Atrash claims that the officer attacked Ahmed Salem because he thought he was about to shoot Asmahan, who was hiding under the sheet.


(Young victory)

The important thing is that Asmahan escaped death this time as well, and she stayed in the hospital next to Ahmed Salem for days, in addition to filming her scenes in the movie “Love and Revenge.” On the morning of July 14, 1944, Asmahan decided to take a short vacation of filming and go to a summer resort Ras El Bar on the Mediterranean coast with her friend Marie Colada, who had saved her life twice before. Near one of the water pipes in the city of Mansoura, north of the Nile Delta, Asmahan’s car driver looked right and left – according to Nicholas Vath’s version – and made sure the two back doors were tight, when she opened the front door and threw. himself on the grass, and leave the car to settle with those in it at the bottom of the embankment. Much has been said about this incident, and the big question has remained to this day: Who killed Asmahan? Was it Queen Mother Nazli, who saw in Asmahan the only rival over the heart of Ahmed Hassanein? Is it the German intelligence that has not forgotten its revenge after handing over its agent Asmahan in the Levant to British intelligence? Was it the English or the French who used Asmahan as a piece of paper that had to be thrown away? What is certain is that all of these have their interests in the disappearance of Asmahan, and the surest thing is that Asmahan died, regardless of the entity that was behind her assassination. She jumped from the heart of myths to living our world years laden with turmoil and anxiety, and then returning to myths.

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