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With rising anti-Muslim sentiment across the country, an untold story is raising greater awareness about the Muslim faith and the teachings of the Quran. That awareness comes from an unlikely source: a small Jewish congregation in Creve Coeur.

Temple Emanuel is premiering a groundbreaking exhibit of photos that reveals Albanian Muslims who saved 2,000 Jews during World War II.

It's a story you've likely never heard. It is a story told through the faces of Albanian Muslims who risked their own lives to live by a code of faith and honor called Besa.

Dr. Ghazala Hayat is a neurologist at St. Louis University and serves as spokesperson for the Islamic Foundation of Greater Saint Louis.
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Hayat said while Besa is an Albanian word, it is part of Islamic culture and teachings. According to Dr. Hayat, Besa is an ancient code which requires people to endanger their own lives if necessary to save the life of anyone seeking asylum. To this day, Besa is the highest moral law of the region, superseding religious differences, blood feuds, and even tribal traditions.
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The exhibit is opening eyes throughout the world.
This is why we need to never stop funding the arts.
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I saw a program/doc on this topic & I think it was PBS or discovery were he is looking for the exact thing, Muslims helping/saving Jews from the holocaust..

Anyway I can not recall the details now but I believe he found a family in North Africa that remembers their forefathers saving some & them still honoring it..
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I saw a program/doc on this topic & I think it was PBS or discovery were he is looking for the exact thing, Muslims helping/saving Jews from the holocaust..

Anyway I can not recall the details now but I believe he found a family in North Africa that remembers their forefathers saving some & them still honoring it..
I hope this exhibit will land in Boise for a stop. I'd love to go see it.
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I hope this exhibit will land in Boise for a stop. I'd love to go see it.
It is interesting.........

I will post the doc I was talking about maybe tomorrow if I can find it......

Why do you find it so interesting, if I may ask??
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It is interesting.........

I will post the doc I was talking about maybe tomorrow if I can find it......

Why do you find it so interesting, if I may ask??
One I love history. And I was thinking about making a date with my daughter to go. She saw the Anne Frank presentation when it came through. And I guess Boise is a place for thoughtful experiences. There is an interpretive piece of art work across from the Library that moved me very much. Besides it's been ages since I've been to a museum or art exhibit. It'll be something to look forward to for sure!
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One I love history. And I was thinking about making a date with my daughter to go. She saw the Anne Frank presentation when it came through. And I guess Boise is a place for thoughtful experiences. There is an interpretive piece of art work across from the Library that moved me very much. Besides it's been ages since I've been to a museum or art exhibit. It'll be something to look forward to for sure!
Very cool......

So does she share your love of history??

I love history as well as it is the foundation of how & why things are as they are today......
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Very cool......

So does she share your love of history??

I love history as well as it is the foundation of how & why things are as they are today......
We both have many interests. However we share an experience of reading Anne Frank and having almost exactly the same experience. We each read it as children, and beforehand knew nothing of the history of it. So when the diary ended abruptly and there was the follow up explanation at the end we had both kind of identified so much with Anne that we were heart broken.

We both love live plays. She was in some paid and volunteer before she married. And she took me to see Damn Yankees. A wonderful experience for me as I had not previously seen it.
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This may be true...if it is it is an isolated incident.

Bosnian Muslims rounded up Jews for the Nazis. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who was considered the leader of the Muslim world at the time was completly in league with Hitler on the Jewish question. Here are a few links documenting the role of Muslims during WWII.

Handzar SS Division -- Bosnian Moslem Nazi Past

Bosnia's Nazi SS division revived!

Photos and Documents of Amin Al Husseini: Nazi Father of Jihad, Al Qaeda, Arafat, Saddam Hussein and the Muslim Brotherhood

Bosnian Moslems recruited the Nazi SS by Yasser Arafat's 'Uncle'
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And to boot a lot of time has brought a lot of change in the way many think today..

That was then this is today... Yes this is one of the good things to come out of WWII..

And one of the better things the Arts have done. But both have done a lot worst over the times, are we to forget that?

I wish all could and start over with the intent of being at peace world wide.

Does anyone think that will bear fruit? I know I doubt it will.

As for the Arts maybe if there was some knowledge of what was to come from the so called artist before getting the funds we would have more like this. And not some of what has been funded.
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One can argue many have perpetrated atrocities in this world's history. Romans decimated Celts, Catholics killed Protestants who killed Catholics; Egyptians loved then later killed Jews...but this is a remembrance of a great good that was wrought.
And in the words of one of the promoters of the tour: “The exhibition gives the message that no one should stand by during human suffering”

That is the over all message here, I think.

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Albania, a Muslim majority country in Europe, opened its borders during World War II and took in thousands of Jews fleeing from different countries. They were treated like honored guests, and many were given fake names and even passports.

This little-known chapter of history is the focus of the photographic exhibition Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust , which kicked off in July at the Holocaust Museum Houston and continues through February.

The exhibition displays photographs taken by Norman Gershman, a Jewish photographer based in Colorado, who traveled to Albania in 2003 to research the topic.
Besa: Muslims who saved Jews : Muslim Presence
Gershman said it took him six years to complete the project. He interviewed Albanians who had harbored Jewish people at that time and were still alive and the relatives of those who were not. He took their photographs to accompany their individual stories in his book Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews During World War II.


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What made the Albanians refuse to comply with the Nazis when almost everyone else did? Their strong Muslim beliefs.

Here is one man’s explanation:

“Why did my father save a stranger at the risk of his life and the entire village?” asked Enver Alia Sheqer, son of Righteous Among the Nations Ali Sheqer Pashkaj, who is featured in the exhibition. “My father was a devout Muslim. He believed that to save one life is to enter paradise.”
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