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Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews in World War II Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 Jan. 2009

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  • Hardcover : 160 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0815609345
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0815609346
  • Product Dimensions : 27.94 x 1.7 x 27.94 cm
  • Publisher : Syracuse University Press; Illustrated Edition (15 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 16 ratings

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At a time when conflict between Muslims and Jews attracts the attention of the media, it is heartening to be reminded that mutual aid and friendship also have characterized the relationship. The story told through the photographs of Norman H. Gershman is especially inspiring because the Muslims who saved the Jews in World War II did so at enormous risk to their own lives.... I hope that these photos and their stories become widely known. They offer hope for a future in which Muslims and Jews can overcome their conflicts and focus on their common humanity. - Former president Jimmy Carter

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Besa is a code of honor deeply rooted in Albanian culture and incorporated in the faith of Albanian Muslims. It dictates a moral behavior so absolute that non adherence brings shame and dishonor on oneself and one's family. Simply stated, it demands that one take responsibility for the lives of others in their time of need. In Albania and Kosovo, Muslims sheltered, at grave risk to themselves and their families, not only the Jews of their cities and villages, but thousands of Jews fleeing the Nazis from other European countries.Over a five-year period, photographer Norman H. Gershman sought out, photographed, and collected these powerful and moving stories of heroism in "Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews in World War II". The book reveals a hidden period in history, slowly emerging after the fall of an isolationist communist regime, and shows the compassionate side of ordinary people in saving Jews. They acted within their true Muslim faith.

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