Exhibit in England to Honor Muslims Who Saved Jews During WWII

April 18, 2013 9:24 am 7 comments

The entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

A new exhibition in England celebrating Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust is set to open at the Board of Deputies of British Jews in Bloomsbury, central London.

Photographs of 70 Muslims who sheltered Jews during World War II will be displayed alongside stories detailing their acts of heroism, according to the BBC.

The Muslims are recent honorees of Yad Vashem’s “righteous among the nations”–given to those people who risked their lives to protect the Jewish community during Nazi Germany’s reign of terror.

Some 70 Muslims have recently been added to the list and the exhibition is to honor them.

Fiyaz Mughal, director of the charity Faith Matters and co-author of the accompanying booklet The Role of the Righteous Muslims told the BBC: “These communities were dispersed in the aftermath of the Second World War, and as the older generation passes away these stories will be lost.”

He said: “One of the main drivers of the project is that there are some small sections in Jewish communities who are trying to rewrite history and say that Muslims overwhelmingly helped the Nazis.

“And on the other side, there is a small section of the Muslim community who do not want to talk about the Holocaust for the sake of not wanting to build up an empathy with Jewish communities.

“That is unacceptable, because factually it’s untrue.”

Rabbi Natan Levy, exhibition co-ordinator, told the BBC: “This program provides a unique bridge between the two communities, so that they can celebrate together, remember together, and not be driven further apart.

“There was a lovely moment when Fiyaz and I came together and quoted the same line from our respective scriptures: ‘whosoever saves a single life saves the entire universe’.”

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  • Remember, during World War I the Jews ran away from the Russians to the German side as the later were saving Jews. Then during World War II the Germans came in in slaughtered us like flies! The ALBANIAN Muslims in this article are to be applauded , they should be honored by Yad Veshem, in Israel, , however the extremist Muslims around the world seek to destroy Israel and the Jewish people and all infidels. I wish it were not so and pray for peace, shalom , for us all. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTYenEIEUp4

  • BEREL STERNTHAL

    Read ” Among The Righteous ” by Robert Satoff

    • Raymond in DC

      I read it. And what’s striking is how hard Satloff had to work not just to find Muslims who’d aided Jews but to find those who would admit to having done so. Then and now, helping Jews is frowned upon. Indeed, Satloff includes tales of Muslims in North Africa who took advantage of the chaos to harm Jews.

      “Enough” is correct. Thousands of Muslims fought for the Nazis in units organized by Amin al Husseini, a “Palestinian leader” who wanted to extend the Holocaust to the Middle East. And the sympathies of many affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood toward Germany is well established.

  • Why is the ‘Thank You’ generations late ?

  • Just to clarify: when I said “all of them were not Nazis but the vast majority were” I was NOT referring to Muslims worldwide – I was referring to former Yugoslavia only.

  • That’s nice that they found 70 Muslims, there are probably more than that – But , it certainly is not “rewriting history” to mention the Bosnian Muslim and Kosovar Albanian Muslim SS units in Yugoslavia, where Muslims overwhelmingly DID side with the Nazis in WWII Croatia (which contained what is now Bosnia) and Kosovo. They volunteered for Hitler in Stalingrad and other places. The Mufti of Jerusalem, Hitler’s ally, was famously part of the effort to recruit Muslim Nazis in Bosnia. All of the Muslims were not Nazis, but the vast majority were. They joined with Croats and Germans and murdered many Serbs and Jews. (There is much made, by propagandists, about stories of Jews not being murdered en masse in Albania proper – This leaves out the fact that the region was administered by Italy not Germany, and it conveniently forgets the Albanian Nazis in Kosovo, who helped to virtually destroy the small Jewish community there)

  • richard sherman

    The Koran demands that muslims are never to friends qith Jews. Obciously these Muslims mentioned in London are very very very non observant muslims.

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