Sunday, August 16, 2009

New Exhibit Focuses on the rescue of Albanian Jews during the Holocaust

Photographer Norman H. Gershman's "Besa: A Code of Honor" exhibit chronicles one of the more unusual -- and less-known -- stories from the Holocaust.
Its 30 black-and-white photos tell the stories of some of the more than 20,000 Albanian Muslims who rescued Jews from the Nazis during World War II.

"In many cases, Jews were arrested or were refugees, and those (Albanians) living there would give them false passports and dress them in Islamic garb," Gershman said. "In many cases, the Albanian rescuers never even knew their real names." (El Paso Times)

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