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Raza

Albanian Muslims Aided Jews in WWII

Albanian Muslims Aided Jews in WWII
Two local men are heading up an effort to recognize Albanian Muslims who rescued, sheltered and otherwise aided Jews during World War II, and the United Nations’ Holocaust Remembrance Day in January will highlight their work.

It is the main project of a nonprofit, Eye Contact Foundation, and has been under way for several years. It already has spawned a book and a DVD highlighting the stories of Albanian citizens, mostly Muslims but also Christians, who sheltered and aided Jews fleeing from the Nazis in Germany.

According to one book that contains photos and stories about some of those saviors and survivors, 63 Albanians have been enrolled in the “Righteous Among The Nations” list of those who “risked their lives to save the Jews.” Established by Israeli law, along with the creation of the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, the list contains the names of more than 21,700 people who helped Jews escape persecution during the Holocaust.

The foundation — headed by local videographer and teacher Steve Kaufman, who works with photographer and Wall Street veteran Norman Gershman — is producing a large-format book featuring Gershman’s portraits of Albanian saviors and Jews they rescued.

In addition, according to Kaufman and Gershman, the foundation’s executive director, there also is a documentary film in the making by JWM Productions, winner of multiple Emmy awards, the work of which has been featured on a variety of U.S. television stations, as well as in England and France.

“All Albanians saved Jews,” Gershman, 75, said from his home near Basalt.

He explained that the Albanians were acting under a sort of national code of honor, called “Besa,” which holds that it is a duty to do all one can to help another in need, regardless of religious or cultural differences. There apparently is some dispute about whether Besa, as a philosophy, comes out of the Quran, Islam’s holy scriptures, or predates Islam’s introduction into the Balkans.
KrisP

Good, they should be recognized. Anybody who risked there lives to save the souls of people from a dangerous ideology deserve recognition.
All_Brains

KrisP wrote:
Good, they should be recognized. Anybody who risked there lives to save the souls of people from a dangerous ideology deserve recognition.


Agreed! No two ways about this.
ibnishaq

albania!

yes, albania alwasys been tolerant. however do note that albania is mostly atheist now. communist changed the way we are. only very few people are muslim.
All_Brains

ibnishaq wrote:
albania!

yes, albania alwasys been tolerant. however do note that albania is mostly atheist now. communist changed the way we are. only very few people are muslim.


Smart people!
buddha

First off, could we have a link to this particular story ?  

Secondly, could we put these good muslim stories in a separate section.
Raza

Just wanted to bring some positive Muslim news.
source:http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20071119/NEWS/71118016
buddha

Raza wrote:
Just wanted to bring some positive Muslim news.
source:http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20071119/NEWS/71118016

Sure.  That second part wasn't for you. I forgot to address it.

All_Brains,

Could we have a separate section here for good muslim stories ?  
Baal

The SS were the worst of the German Army in terms of atrocities. Anyone remembers where the worst Three Divisions of the SS were from?

I know one of them was formed by emptying the German jails from its worst criminals. The other Two were a gift from The Mufti of Jerusalem. Anyone remembers what countries they were from?
All_Brains

Baal wrote:
The SS were the worst of the German Army in terms of atrocities. Anyone remembers where the worst Three Divisions of the SS were from?

I know one of them was formed by emptying the German jails from its worst criminals. The other Two were a gift from The Mufti of Jerusalem. Anyone remembers what countries they were from?


*The following is a break down of the Foreign Units of the Waffen-SS, by no means all inclusive.
Country/Ethnicity - Estimated # of volunteers- Name of Waffen-SS Units

Albanian 3,000 -21st SS Division

Belgian: Flemish 23,000 -5th SS Div., 27th SS Div.

Belgium: Walloon 15,000 -5th SS Div., 28th SS Div.

British Commonwealth (English) 50 -The British Freikorps

Bulgaria 1,000 in the Bulgarisches Reg.

Croatia (includes Bosnian Muslims) 30,000 7th SS Div., 13th SS Hanshar Div.23rd SS Div.

Denmark 10,000 in Freikorps Danemark, 11th SS Div.

India3,500 in the Volunteer Legion

Estonia 20,000 in the 20th SS Div.

Finland 1,000 in a Volunteer Battalion.

Hungarians 15,000 in the 25th SS Div., 26th SS Div. 33rd SS Div.

Latvia 39,000 in the 15th SS Div., 19th SS Div.

Netherlands 50,000 in the 23rd SS Div., 34th SS Div.

Norway 6,000 in the 5th SS Div., 6th SS Div.11th SS Div., .

France 8,000 33rd SS Div.

Italy 20,000

Poland/Ukraine 25,000 14th SS Div.

Russian (Belorussia) 12,000 29th SS Div., 30th SS Div.

Russian (Cossack) 40,000 XV SS Kosaken-Kavallerie-Korps

Russian (Turkic) 8,000 Ostürkische SS, Tatarishe SS

Rumania 3,000 Waffen-Grenadierregiment der SS (rumänisches 1)

Serbia 15,000 Volunteer Corps

Spain 1,000 Spanische-Freiwilligen-Kompanie der SS 101

Sweden, Switzerland & Luxemburg 3,000 5th SS Div., 11th SS Div.
All_Brains

buddha wrote:
First off, could we have a link to this particular story ?  

Secondly, could we put these good muslim stories in a separate section.


Sure. Will arrange something within the next day or so.
buddha

All_Brains wrote:
buddha wrote:
First off, could we have a link to this particular story ?  

Secondly, could we put these good muslim stories in a separate section.


Sure. Will arrange something within the next day or so.


Great, then we could keep score  Laughing

AB,

Since you are a linguist and speak arabic.  I was wondering if you could explain the meaning of kafir.  According to wiki, it literally means ingrate.  But it's translated into english as infidel.  Ingrate, infidel, and unbeliever are three separate things ?

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