Muslims who helped Jews during the Holocaust

25 Jan

Just had a review of a very moving photography exhibition published in The Forward – focusing on the untold tale of Albanian Muslims who saved Jews fleeing from the Nazis.

Here’s the first part of the review: (Alternatively, click here to read the full review in The Forward )

Muslims Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust

By Rebecca S

Of all the stories of Righteous Gentiles who saved Jews during the Shoah, there’s one story that rarely gets told: the Muslims who risked their lives to save Jews.

Norman H. Gershman’s photographic exhibition “Besa,” currently showing at the Soho Photo Gallery, redresses this imbalance, focusing exclusively on the unsung Albanian Muslim heroes who hid their Jewish neighbours from the Nazis, as well as thousands of other Jews fleeing across Europe, often at great risk to their lives.

The portraits, which have been published in a book with the same title, were painstakingly taken by Gershman over a seven-year period, in which he tracked down these ordinary Albanian and Kosovar Muslims whose families closely observed the principle of “Besa” to save Jewish lives.


4 Responses to “Muslims who helped Jews during the Holocaust”

  1. Elle January 26, 2011 at 11:30 #

    Why did such stories come up now?
    IF it is true, I am only happy.

    The contemporary history tells another tale: The one of the massacre of Christian Serbs, who have been living all their life in Kosovo, by muslism Albanians. This was only history repeating itself -anywhere, any place, in the world where the muslim population grew stronger than the natives,i.e. Copts in Egypt, Kabyles in Algeria and so on…

    • rebeccainspace February 26, 2011 at 19:07 #

      Well yes, not saying anyone’s perfect, but this story of the Albanians saving Jews during the Holocaust deserves to be told in its own right, regardless of their later actions in civil wars etc

      • Anonymous July 8, 2011 at 06:04 #

        Dear Rebecca,
        I believe your story, I am muslim and I if i were at the holocaust I would helped the jews. I will help any human needs help in any time when I am able to, and without even thinking.


  2. Anonymous July 8, 2011 at 06:47 #

    Elle my dear,
    I am a muslim and am telling you, IF I were at the holocaust I would helped jews, Just like any human would do if another human needs help. No one likes wars, We are all sons and daughters of Adam and Eve. And a little advice for you ” Circulating is ignorance”.

    Warm Regards,

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