During World War II, the overwhelming majority — virtually 100 percent — of the world’s Muslims did nothing to oppose the Nazis’ genocidal campaign to annihilate the Jews. Quite the contrary. However, a few Muslims did rescue Jewish citizens of their country, in addition to Jewish refugees who had fled there. They were Albanians — and while many Jews in Albania lost their lives in the Nazi onslaught, others were saved by the courageous efforts of some of their Muslim neighbors.
Quotes: “Remarkably, there were more Jews in Albania, the only European country with a Muslim majority, at the end of WWII than prior to it. Seventy-five Albanians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust have been recognized to date as Righteous among the Nations by Yad Vashem. This online panel, organized jointly by Faith Matters and Yad Vashem, will focus on the unique relationship between Albanian Muslim families and Jewish refugees who fled for their lives during the Holocaust…” — click on the video link below
“There is no trace of any discrimination against Jews in Albania, because Albania happens to be one of the rare lands in Europe today where religious prejudice and hate do not exist, even though Albanians themselves are divided into three faiths.” — Herman Bernstein, the United States Ambassador to Albania, 1934
Sources: Wikipedia, YouTube, YadVashem.org
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