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Did Muslims Save Jews From Nazis? New Film 'Besa' Reveals Hidden Past


World  (tags: WWII, Jews, Muslims, Albania, humans, europe, society, war )

Carrie
- 806 days ago - alternet.org
A new documentary traces the forgotten history of Albanian Muslims saving Jews and brings their descendants together.



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Jason S. (57)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 8:18 pm
That could change the world
 

William Y. (54)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 11:04 pm
@ Jason S. If you think so, Check the comments from the original article at Alternet.
 

Amal Abdullah (3)
Monday August 6, 2012, 12:50 am
Didn't know that!!! thank you.
 

Pat A. (116)
Monday August 6, 2012, 6:15 am
I knew of this but am delighted to find not only that there is a film about it but that people were interviewed who still kept faith with their father's promises and still continued life in the same simple and honourable way - may God bless all such forever!

It is heroically brave to shelter people in the fact of such all engulfing evil - risking the same fate for all the family who were sheltering them - may God grant us all such courage and principles! Thanks so much, Carrie!
 

Cal Mendelsohn (994)
Monday August 6, 2012, 5:00 pm
Thanks Carrie, and I appreciate this. I have studied the Holocaust extensively but knew nothing of this. God bless all the saints who protected the innocent during those awful times!
 

Sasha M. (0)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 3:44 am
well...ok.
 

Stan B. (123)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 4:20 am
I have no doubt individual Muslims helped some Jews in Albania. This was the exception and, for the most part they were more than happy to assist in the Holocaust under the direction of Haj Amin el Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.
Check this out from the Middle East Digest.

"The Führer's Mufti: After World War I, the Great Powers of Europe jockeyed for influence in the Middle East's oil fields and trade routes, with France and Britain holding mandates throughout most of the region. In the 1930s, the fascist regimes that arose in Italy and Germany sought greater stakes in the area, and began courting Arab leaders to revolt against their British and French custodians. Among their many willing accomplices was Jerusalem Mufti Haj Amin el-Husseini, who fled Palestine after agitating against the British during the Arab Revolt of 1936-39. He found refuge in Iraq – another of Her Majesty's mandates – where he again topped the British most wanted list after helping pull the strings behind the Iraqi coup of 1941. The revolt in Baghdad was orchestrated by Hitler as part of a strategy to squeeze the region between the pincers of Rommel's troops in North Africa, German forces in the Caucuses and pro-Nazi forces in Iraq. However, in June 1941 British troops put down the rebellion and the Mufti escaped via Tehran to Italy and eventually to Berlin.

Once in Berlin, the Mufti received an enthusiastic reception by the "Islamische Zentralinstitut" and the whole Islamic community of Germany, which welcomed him as the "Führer of the Arabic world." In an introductory speech, he called the Jews the "most fierce enemies of the Muslims" and an "ever corruptive element" in the world. Husseini soon became an honored guest of the Nazi leadership and met on several occasions with Hitler. He personally lobbied the Führer against the plan to let Jews leave Hungary, fearing they would immigrate to Palestine. He also strongly intervened when Adolf Eichman tried to cut a deal with the British government to exchange German POWs for 5000 Jewish children who also could have fled to Palestine. The Mufti's protests with the SS were successful, as the children were sent to death camps in Poland instead. One German officer noted in his journals that the Mufti would liked to have seen the Jews "preferably all killed." On a visit to Auschwitz, he reportedly admonished the guards running the gas chambers to work more diligently. Throughout the war, he appeared regularly on German radio broadcasts to the Middle East, preaching his pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic message to the Arab masses back home.

To show gratitude towards his hosts, in 1943 the Mufti travelled several times to Bosnia, where on orders of the SS he recruited the notorious "Hanjar troopers," a special Bosnian Waffen SS company which slaughtered 90% of Bosnia's Jews and burned countless Serbian churches and villages. These Bosnian Muslim recruits rapidly found favor with SS chief Heinrich Himmler, who established a special Mullah Military school in Dresden.

The only condition the Mufti set for his help was that after Hitler won the war, the entire Jewish population in Palestine should be liquidated. After the war, Husseini fled to Switzerland and from there escaped via France to Cairo, were he was warmly received. The Mufti used funds received earlier from the Hilter regime to finance the Nazi-inspired Arab Liberation Army that terrorized Jews in Palestine."
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 12:00 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Kathleen B. (37)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 12:20 pm
So what's your point Stan? The zionists also dealt with Hitler, not to save Jews, but to save zionist Jews.
 
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