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Hidden story from the 2WW: The Paris Muslims who saved Jews from the Nazis

  1. Sep 27, 2011 #1
    I just found recently this story from the 2WW.

    The Paris Muslims who saved Jews from the Nazis

    http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/the-paris-muslims-who-saved-jews-from-the-nazis/question-2078841/ [Broken]

    It is interesting to see how Muslims of France protected the Jews and work together against the NAZI. Unfortunately we hear a lot about the Mufti of Jerusalem and his contacts with Hitler, but rarely we hear about the imams of the mosque of Paris who saved hundreds of Jews from the Nazi and their ally.

    In this difficult time, we should remember that we all are human and we can live in peace if we get rid from the selfish and arrogance.

    “danger, Benghabrit used the mosque as a hiding place, issuing each person with a fake certificate of Muslim identity. One North African Jew named Albert Assouline who had escaped from a German prison camp, wrote of his experience hiding in the mosque, “No fewer than 1,732 resistance fighters found refuge in its underground caverns. These included Muslim escapees but also Christians and Jews. The latter were by far the most numerous.” Accounts differ on the number of those saved, yet it remains a shining story of human solidarity.”

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  3. Sep 27, 2011 #2


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    Yes, but this is not a "hidden" story …

    it's quite well-known, for example the book "http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...ntcover&dq=satloff+among+the+righteous&hl=en": lost stories from the Holocaust's long reach into Arab lands" by Robert Satloff is 263 pages of detail of such help …

    and Yad Vashem itself honours Muslim rescuers, see http://www1.yadvashem.org/yv/en/righteous/stories/muslim_rescuers.asp"

    (see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_rescue_efforts_during_the_Holocaust" [Broken])
    Unfortunately, it wasn't merely contacts … the Mufti of Jerusalem, while in exile in Baghdad in 1941, instigated the Farhud ("violent dispossession"), a two-day pogrom which killed 800 Baghdadi Jews and injured thousands more.

    (It's generally forgotten that Baghdadi Jews then numbered about 150,000, over a third of the Baghdadi poulation.)

    See for example http://www.thejc.com/lifestyle/lifestyle-features/49485/when-iraq-had-its-kristallnacht"

    In the Mufti (Husseini)'s http://www.mideastweb.org/Iraqaxiscoup.htm" [Broken]:
    Husseini wrote in his memoirs:

    Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world. I asked Hitler for an explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish problem in a manner befitting our national and racial aspirations and according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of its Jews. The answer I got was: 'The Jews are yours.'​
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