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UK Board of Deputies to Host Exhibit Highlight Role Albanian Muslims Played in Saving Jews During Holocaust

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A Yad Vashem exhibit featuring the role Albanian Muslims played in saving Jews during the Holocaust will be on display at a meeting of the Board of Deputies of British Jews next month.

The exhibit — titled “Love Your Neighbor” — was originally supposed to be hosted by the Center for Islamic Understanding in London, but the mosque nixed that plan after facing pressure from Muslims over its cooperation with an Israeli institution.

Albanian Ambassador to the UK Qirjako Qirko will attend the Feb. 17 Board of Deputies meeting.

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl said in a statement on Monday: “This is an important exhibition which celebrates the heroism of Muslim Albanians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. It is a little known history and one which we are happy to be able to share with our Deputies, who can take these stories back their communities all around the country. These acts of heroism are a model for how Muslims and Jews ought to coexist today, challenging antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred together.”

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Yad Vashem UK Foundation Chairman Simon Bentley stated: “Yad Vashem, as the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is committed to honoring non-Jews who have risked their lives to save Jews during the Shoah.”

The exhibit, he added, “highlights these Righteous Among the Nations by focusing on the Albanian Muslims who saved hundreds of Jewish lives during the Holocaust.”

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