October 22nd, 2010
10:49 AM ET

Exhibit: Albanian Muslims saved Jews from Nazis

From CNN affilate KSDK:

With rising anti-Muslim sentiment across the country, an untold story is raising greater awareness about the Muslim faith and the teachings of the Quran. That awareness comes from an unlikely source: a small Jewish congregation in Creve Coeur.

Temple Emanuel is premiering a groundbreaking exhibit of photos that reveals Albanian Muslims who saved 2,000 Jews during World War II.

It's a story you've likely never heard. It is a story told through the faces of Albanian Muslims who risked their own lives to live by a code of faith and honor called Besa.

Read the full story

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Holocaust • Interfaith issues • Islam • Judaism

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  1. Tea Party Joe the Plumber

    DARN, I'M SO SICK OF ALL THIS! Why does CNN keep reporting facts??!! This is typical liberal media bias.

    What I want is OBJECTIVE journalism, i.e. journalism saying what I want to hear and promoting my conservative values. Guess I'll zap back to Fox News.

    October 23, 2010 at 12:54 am |
  2. Mila

    I think the temple should have another exhibit for all the jews that have been killed by crazy, backwards-thinking islamists.

    October 23, 2010 at 12:47 am |
  3. Regular Joe

    Bottom Line on this story:

    1. Last gasp by CNN to bring some democrat voters back into the fold for the upcoming mid-term elections.
    2. Supportive of Obama's stance to be more pro-muslim as a politically correct code message.
    3. Story has the opposite effect. Makes average americans more resentful to muslims because they see the ploy by CNN.
    4. Now the CNN has a new management team, you better wake up if you plan to be relevant in the future. Fox is tearing CNN, MSNBC and the other liberal networks apart. Your base is fading fast.

    October 23, 2010 at 12:45 am |
  4. Ronald Raygun

    I thought this was going to be a joke....I kept reading and waiting for the punchline.

    October 23, 2010 at 12:35 am |
  5. Red

    Muneef sounds like a decent guy, like alot of other decent folk. I've known several muslims, and only one was a jerk. His 'jerk-hood' had nothing to do with his religion, he would be a jerk regardless of any religion.
    That said, extremists are in most religions. At this point in time, extremist muslims are known to be particularly violent. Others are also intolerant and hateful, and even sometimes violent, but the muslim extremists seem to have almost cornered the market. Good people of any religion dislike (hate?) the extremist elements in their midst. At this point in time, however, muslim extremists appear to have intimidated the more reasonable elements into a quiet dislike rather than a vociferous denunciation.
    I do not currently know any violently assertive atheists, who justify their violence through atheism. No religion can make THAT claim.
    In other words, religion can support some wacky ideas. All the atheists I know are reasonable level-headed people. Yes, some are stupid, but not violent due to their atheism.
    I invite you all to forget about your invisible man, and join the 21st century.
    Or not.

    October 23, 2010 at 12:29 am |
  6. Reality

    The topic story is nothing compared to what the taxpayers of the USA and other lovers of freedom have done to preserve peace in the world:

    -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed as of 8/10/2010 mostly due the Shiite and Sunni suicide bombers.

    – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

    – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

    – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

    – Libya has become almost civil. Recently Libya agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the victims of their terrorist activities. Apparently this new reality from an Islamic country has upset OBL and his “cra-zies” as they have thre-atened Libya. OBL sure is a di-sgrace to the world especially the Moslem world!!! Or is he???

    – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

    – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

    – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

    – Bin La-d-en has been cornered under a rock in Western Pakistan since 9/11.

    – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols will follow soon.

    – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

    – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

    – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

    – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

    – And of course the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

    October 23, 2010 at 12:20 am |
  7. Kris

    Trust me. It wasn't Muslims that saved the Jews. It was people saving people.

    October 23, 2010 at 12:19 am |
  8. indianinusa

    this is bogus news. the bektashi sect is considered unislamic by muslims. they fled turkey and ended up in albania because the muslims drove them out. sufism itself is considered haram in islam.

    October 23, 2010 at 12:17 am |
    • Elder

      You're info is bogus. They didn't escape Turkey and flee to Albania. That's anine.

      December 23, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  9. indianinusa

    i am calling the bluff on this one – the bektashi are a sufi order who are considered UNISLAMIC by the sunni muslims. they were persecuted by the turks and fled to albania. sufism itself is considered unislamic by muslims.

    October 23, 2010 at 12:15 am |
  10. Lena

    My grandfather was Greek orthodox and he hid jews in Greece from the Nazis. So what if Muslims hid jews?

    October 23, 2010 at 12:06 am |
    • ALM


      You are absolutely right. That makes your grandfather a brother in deed to those Muslim Albanians or vice versa. Whoever does good, does it for himself and whoever does bad does it for himself. We don't do good to get appreciation for ourselves thru CNN or others. We do it because it needs to be done to please God. That is what good is about and good is not just unique to Albania. It can be found in Greeece or anywhere we humans exist.

      October 24, 2010 at 12:05 am |
  11. Buddha

    ALL religion is evil. Every war was because of religion. Look how many people blindly follow all the crap teachings from other messed up religious freaks.

    First of all, if god wanted to kill someone or even an army, he does not need you to do this.
    If god does want someone killed, blows the theory of a compasionate god.
    Now the need to spread the word of god or to convert people, is WRONG
    If god wanted all of us to be of 1 religion, he is supose to be all powerful so why does he not just do it.

    Everyone that belongs to an organized religion is being fed a lot of crap!

    We do need another crusade, one that will wipe out every organized religion and destroy the mob mentality of GOD HAS SPOKEN TO US, or WE DO THIS TO SAVE YOUR SOUL, What a bunch of crap

    If you want to believe in god, cool good for you, you want to worship and pray to god, good for you, KEEP IT TO YOURSELF

    Every religion is known for its evil doings, nothing has changed.

    October 23, 2010 at 12:05 am |
  12. gogo

    Well, this show's that there are muslims that actually follow what the Quran teaches and they don't turn it into something that is false like some of the muslims extremists are doing, Allah would be quite disgusted in some of the muslims today. It's pretty amazing to see two different religions come together in order to survive a tragedy. Sadly today that you have iran trying to create a war cause of their brainless, unintelligent sad excuse in a president.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  13. eden

    It's so beautiful that our painful history is dotted by these priceless jewels!
    Amazing people...

    October 22, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
  14. lorgat


    October 22, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
    • Buddha

      So sayith the good sheep. Who the hell are you to decide what god wants and who is to be converted? You get this from a book! Well I have a book that says your all nuts. The only reason you, islam or any religion for that matter, follows what was written in a book is because you are able to think for yourself. You need to be instructed, so you have your good little book that tells you all kinds of crap. Its just sad that so many can not see the reality of what they have become, EVIL SHEEP!

      October 23, 2010 at 12:12 am |
    • capnjammer

      You can only be a good human being because of religion? I think that means that you are a sociopath, and the only two possibilities in life are "Kill someone in the name of religion" and "kill someone because you don't have religion and are therefore a sociopath and can't stop yourself from killing people."

      You want me to read the Qu-ran? Okay, I will:

      "Fight in the way of Al-lah against those who fight against you, but begin not hosti-lities. Lo! Al-lah loveth not aggressors. And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers." – fight and kill everyone

      "Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that ye love a thing which is bad for you. Al-lah knoweth, ye know not." – kill everyone, even if you don't like it

      "Thou seest many of them making friends with those who disbelieve. Surely ill for them is that which they themselves send on before them: that Al-lah will be wroth with them and in the doom they will abide." – you aren't allowed to be friends with anyone who isn't a Mu-slim

      "Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth as ye will, and send (good deeds) before you for your souls, and fear Allah, and know that ye will (one day) meet Him. Give glad tidings to believers, (O Mu-ham-mad)." – have s-ex with your woman whenever you want, because she is property and has no right to say no

      Other verses say to kill unbelievers wherever you find them, to have as many wives as you want, to own slaves and have s-ex with them as frequently as you like... Shall I go on?

      October 23, 2010 at 12:27 am |
  15. Cherri Goldman

    CNN, how bout stories on how Arab Muslims betrayed the Jews to the Nazi ?

    October 22, 2010 at 11:38 pm |
  16. darklynoon

    I agree 100% that CNN has just PROVEN they are pro muslim just like the majority of the democrats and NPR public radio have now proven they are as well. Putting up an ignorant propaganda story like this to make muslims appear as great people out for the best interest of jews? Seriously, do they truely believe all viewers of CNN are stupid, or do they purposely cater to pro muslim and anti zionist ideology? It amazes me how ALL muslims call America "the great Satan" and don't miss a beat calling us biggots, racists, and making absurd comments that they will bring America and Israel down soon enough, but yet have the nerve to complain and cry that WE DON'T WANT YOU IN AMERICA! You own far more land and territory than we do here in the U.S.A. so stay in your own countries and continue trashing your own land and murdering your own people with your extremist beliefs and STAY OUT OF AMERICA! WE'RE FULL! NO VACANCY! Don't come into a foreign country and think you own it and we HAVE TO live up to your extremist beliefs or terror may be brought upon us. What other democratic society on the planet puts up with this crap? NO ONE thats who! Only in America. THROW OUT THESE PRO MUSLIM DEMOCRATS OUT OF OFFICE AND FILL THOSE SEATS WITH THE GOP AND LET'S BRING AMERICA BACK STRONG AND PROUD LIKE WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN TO BE! THE NUMBER 1 SUPERPOWER ON THE GLOBE! Not everything in this world is negotiable and our freedom definately is not!

    October 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
    • ACinRC

      Hmm, last I checked our freedom included freedom of religion – all religions. And that bit about how no one has the right to invade a country and take over? Unless you can show proof of your Native American lineage, that would make you a hypocrite. Your ignorance and lack of respect is appalling.

      October 23, 2010 at 5:14 am |
    • AK

      Really? All Muslims? Including the one with whom I work in DoD civil service who at great personal risk infiltrated mideast terror groups to double-agent for the US? One of more than few I have known who were the most hospitable and gracious people I could call friend?

      I have no doubt after all the events of the 90's through 9/11 that there are some Muslims out there who hate us. Do the math. If all 1.6 billion of them felt that way, the world would be a flaming ruin. Of course, this little diatribe is for those capable of reasoning....

      October 23, 2010 at 11:36 pm |
    • ALM

      Dear Lightly Noon,
      Its hardly noon but I think you need a a chill pill with a cold glass of water. This anger will ruin your health. In the end we all are humans first and " All men are created equal ( without specifying race, ethnicity, religion, gender)". It saddens me to see some one could have so much anger.

      October 23, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  17. Mike Speakman

    They were most likely trying to regain some karma for the genocide of Albanian Christians just decades earlier. These same Muslims most likely assisted the Turkish Ottomans in that endeavor.

    People should also remember that the Arab world were allied with the Nazis during WWII.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
    • Muneef

      Really have now to blame the Arab Muslims for allying with the British against the Osman empire which was representing all Muslims but unfortunately history can not be brought back or can it now?

      October 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  18. Itchy Sack

    Truly truly makes your ball sack itch, no matter what religion race or creed you are.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  19. Xugos

    Muslims are always accused of having served for the Nazis during WW2. This drives my absolutely crazy. It is true that some muslims joined the nazis, just as some Christians did, and many other people of other faiths (or lack thereof), but there were MANY MORE MUSLIMS who served for the Allies.

    My Grandfather served in the British Medical Corps, he was a muslim, and he served in Burma as part of an all-muslim indian regiment. He was by no means a Nazi, but as always, people fail to recognize and give credit where it is due just to further their own dark agenda.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:03 pm |
  20. sami

    that is the real Muslims !!!

    October 22, 2010 at 11:03 pm |
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