The romantic notions that Himmler had about the Bosnian Muslims were probably significant in the division’s genesis. He was personally fascinated by the Islamic faith and believed that Islam created fearless soldiers.[9] He found their ferocity preferable to the gentility of Christians and believed their martial qualities should be further developed and put to use.[11] He thought that Muslim men would make perfect SS soldiers as Islam “promises them Heaven if they fight and are killed in action.”[12] As

Source: 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian) – Wikipedia