Monday, August 31, 2009

Muslims who rescued Jews from the Nazis

With thanks: Lily

The only Muslims who have been recognised as Righteous Gentiles by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Israel, have been Albanian. Some 65 people saved some 2,000 Jews during the wartime occupation because of their code of honour, Besa. At the end of the war in 1945, there were more Jews in Albania than in 1939.

Norman Gershman, an American photographer, spent five years documenting this neglected story in his book Besa: Muslims who saved Jews in World War 11.

The popular blog Harry's Place has this link to an interview of Gershman on NPR radio."There are more good people in the world than Muslim terrorists," he says. Albanian Muslims tend to belong to the Bektashi sect, a Sufi subset of Shi'a Islam viewed as heretical by Sunni Islam.

The comments thread is worth reading. It features a heated discussion between hasan prishtina, who says that Gershman's book is valuable because the Albanians who saved Jews were persecuted by the subsequent Communist regime, and Philo-semite, who claims that Jews were saved mostly through Albanian inertia and failure to implement Nazi deportation procedures.

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Julia Gorin in World Jewish Revew


Independent Observer said...

We should all be wary of the eternal, politically-correct search for the good German or the good Muslim - all with a view to feeding the Muslim fantasy that the Jews have a moral debt to the Muslims for 1,400 years of "protection". [The Mafia could take lessons from the Muslims about providing "protection".]

A similar debate about the Albanian Muslim role has occurred on the blog of the very arrogant Totten:

Robert Spencer, Andrew Bostom , and Julia Gorin have all criticised Totten for his little bit of Alabanian Islamophilia:

In contrast to Totten, Satloff's book, Among the Righteous, is an excellent view of the occasional "righteous gentile" among North African Muslims. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has even posted two chapters online:

Independent Observer said...

Here are the USHMM-Satloff links in tinyurl format:

Anonymous said...

Okay!Bektashism is born in Ottoman Empire based on Alevite religion.Alevis and bektashis are the same religion individuals.But alevis are born as alevi, bektashis are not born as bektashis.Bektashis are kind of freemason then turned to a people sect.Bektashis and alevis are massacred throughout history in Turkey and ottoman empire under islamic imperialism.Most of them are exiled to europe and are killed by ottomans because they were ruling the ottoman army.And then most of them joined to french masonary.Actually alevis really look like ancient levis :) thats why they rescued you and we also rescued Donmehs and most of them married to alevis bla bla bla.But noone even jews, donmehs and bektashis rescued us from the Pre-Nazi Germany Sponsored kemalist regimes genocide in Dersim,Turkey in 1938!!!!90.000 alevis were mass murdered by them.No alevis, jews, bektashis or muslims helped us in 1938...

Actually Bektashis and Alevis are not real muslim so do not believe muslims because we have been humuliating by muslims.Read quran and see how brutal they are!!!!

Anonymous said...

and i think you are a bit rascist good muslim? bad muslim? good alevi bad alevi? good jew? bad jew?

who do you think you are to call people good or bad? :)))if you follow stupid religions then you are bad peoples side like saudi slaves and terrorists!!!!!
are you nazi? all people around the world are brothers and sisters!

i know some of ignorance alevis also call non alevis as foreigners..and i see you jew call non-jews are infidel good bye nazi!