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Old 07-20-2015, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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An unusual title for the Islamic forum. However, we do need to remember historically Jews and Muslims stood together against common enemies.
Hopefully this thread will remain on topic and serve to remind all of us the times of peace and not animosity.

I find the Jewish Memorial to the Muslims of Albania to be a part of history we shold neve lose.

Albanian Muslims During the Holocaust

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Albanians’ Astounding Resistance to the Nazis

For many years the heavy curtain of Communism shrouded Albania from the view of the rest of the world. When that curtain was lifted in 1991 amazing stories emerged about the role of Albanian Muslims saving Jews during the Holocaust that swept across Nazi-occupied Europe.
- See more at: Albanian Muslims Sheltered Jews During the Holocaust

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In 1934, Herman Bernstein, the United States Ambassador to Albania, wrote:

“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.”

Albania, a small and mountainous country on the southeast coast of the Balkan peninsula, was home to a population of 803,000. Of those only two hundred were Jews. After Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, many Jews found refuge in Albania. No accurate figures exist regarding their number; however, different sources estimate that 600-1,800 Jewish refugees entered that country from Germany, Austria, Serbia, Greece and Yugoslavia, in the hope to continue on to the Land of Israel or other places of refuge.

Following the German occupation in 1943, the Albanian population, in an extraordinary act, refused to comply with the occupier’s orders to turn over lists of Jews residing within the country’s borders. Moreover, the various governmental agencies provided many Jewish families with fake documentation that allowed them to intermingle amongst the rest of the population. The Albanians not only protected their Jewish citizens, but also provided sanctuary to Jewish refugees who had arrived in Albania, when it was still under Italian rule, and now found themselves faced with the danger of deportation to concentration camps.

The remarkable assistance afforded to the Jews was grounded in Besa, a code of honor, which still today serves as the highest ethical code in the country. Besa, means literally “to keep the promise.” One who acts according to Besa is someone who keeps his word, someone to whom one can trust one’s life and the lives of one’s family.
Introduction - Besa: A Code of Honor. Muslim Albanians who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust. Yad Vashem
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Old 07-20-2015, 04:54 PM
 
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Thank you for the interesting bit of history! I had never read of this before.
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Old 07-20-2015, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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Historically it has been a 2 way street. There have also been times when Jews came to the assistance of Muslims. As recently as last year

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The Times of Israel

Crime-fighting London Jews protect local Muslims
LONDON (AFP) — The unusual sight of crime-fighting Orthodox Jews pounding the streets of a tough London neighbourhood after dark has captured the attention of grateful locals, but their ongoing protection of local Muslims has seen their profile go global.

The work of the 25-strong “Shomrim” even caught the eye of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who praised the neighbourhood patrol group’s “remarkable courage”.

Members of the Haredi Jewish community in Stamford Hill formed the group — named after the Hebrew word for guards — in 2008 in response to high crime levels.

Police initially feared vigilantism but now cooperate closely with the volunteers, who helped in 197 arrests last year and even apprehended the area’s “most wanted burglar.”

It is Shomrim’s role in helping protect the area’s large Muslim population, however, that has secured its place in the community and garnered international praise.

The group was called upon by local councillors in Hackney, north London, following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby by Islamic extremists in the British capital in 2013.

“There was a spike in anti-Muslim hate crime. All over England, mosques were being firebombed,” explained Shulem Stern, a young man sporting the “payot” haircurls and “kippah” skullcap associated with the Haredi faith.

“The councillors thought: ‘We’ve got Shomrim in the local area, who don’t we utilise them’?”

They continue to protect local mosques as Muslim communities across Britain are back in the spotlight following the rise of the Islamic State organisation in Syria andraq.
Crime-fighting London Jews protect local Muslims | The Times of Israel
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:23 AM
 
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Historically it has been a 2 way street. There have also been times when Jews came to the assistance of Muslims. As recently as last year
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Sad to say, but that the Shomrim and the Shmira of the US do not do the same.
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:06 AM
 
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Sad to say, but that the Shomrim and the Shmira of the US do not do the same.
Hopefully we can all learn a little from past history, of better times.

In real life in Austin Texas I have seen the Jewish and Muslim communities work together many time.
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:35 AM
 
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Hopefully we can all learn a little from past history, of better times.

In real life in Austin Texas I have seen the Jewish and Muslim communities work together many time.
That's different and in my POV is the norm where the Shomrim don't exist in the US.
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