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

soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. Indifferent

    Many might not know this, but there would be no Jews without the Muslims. I forgot most of it, but there was a time where all Christians killed Jews, and the Muslims let them travel to their land for protection.

    October 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Curious as to what your references are as to you assertions..."christians were killing jews"...

      If you come back to your post, I am sincerely interested in what you are citing...


      October 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
    • Big B

      Jews were around long before the Muslims. You could say that if it wasn't for the Jews the Muslims wouldn't be around. I think you may be refering to the Crusades when the Jews and Muslims lived together in peace in Jerusalem. When the Knights Templar defeated the Muslims,they killed all inhabitants of the city,Jews and Muslims,women and children.

      October 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
    • sam kohen

      Ever heard of the Crusades, Holy Inquisition in Spain, Pogroms in Russia?

      October 24, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  2. Joe

    Jews baaaad, muslims baaaaaddd!

    October 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
    • sam kohen

      Chritaisn woooorrrrrsssssttt

      October 24, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  3. Raymond

    Search the authenticity of the Quran if you think the Quran is made up. Ask your self why American scientists and intellectuals are converting to Islam in great numbers. Many of the great scholars and popular leaders in the American Muslim community are converts. kdk

    October 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
    • Peace2All

      Hmmm... I am interested in where you are getting the information to back up your assertions...?

      Unless, you are 'kidding'...?

      October 23, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
    • Muneef


      Yes seen some declarations by scientists admitting to the Quran's mericals but not sure about converting although heard that few did but with search on YouTube surely you will find about that.

      October 23, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
    • Muneef


      Check this link I just got it might lead you somewhere that is related to your subject...

      October 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Thanks for the information...

      October 24, 2010 at 4:04 am |
    • Some_Truth

      And here is an article, telling how some Western scientists were railroaded into seeming to support the "miracles"...


      October 24, 2010 at 4:17 am |
    • Peace2All


      Thanks bro...


      I suggest you check out @Some_Truth's link as well. I think you may find it a 'bit' different to say the least as to what you are asserting.

      October 24, 2010 at 4:38 am |
  4. Sal in NC

    Sadly, so many are ignorant of the bloody history of Christianity. It was, after all, the Christians who spent 400 years trying to exterminate the Muslims in the name of God. It was also the Christians who created the Inquisition, in an effort to "purify" their religion and peoples. History is filled with such examples.

    Even now, there are many "Christians" who turn a blind eye to murder (Dr. George Tiller is a recent example) when they feel that it is somehow sanctioned by God or the Bible. They "say" that all life is sacred, but don't really live the philosophy. "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth'. But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well." – Jesus, Matthew 5:38-40. How many REALLY follow the example of Jesus? Oh, and Jesus was a Jew...

    October 23, 2010 at 5:52 am |
    • sam kohen

      Hitler would have killed him anyway

      October 24, 2010 at 10:44 am |
    • Skanderbeg

      Sal in NC You don't know what the hell you talking about it was the Muslims who were killing Christians for 100's of years before Christians fought back centuries later, Muslims invaded all of the Middle east which was Christian and then attacked Europe. Africa, India my country Albania was invaded attacked by Muslims beginning in the 13 th century and we fought a war with them for 30 years losing 1000's of lives fighting the Mohammedan invaders, go read some real history and learn about Muslim crusades,

      October 25, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  5. Dan

    In the words of the great Christopher Hitchens – "You've still got all your work ahead of you". If by this article you are trying to make a point that Islam is good by crediting it with the good actions of specific Muslims you must likewise account for the horrendous acts committed by Muslims in the name of Islam.

    Moreover, In direct connection with this article one must also remember that the most respected codex of hadith (oral traditions concerning the life and acts of the prophet, "precedents" upon which much of Islamic law is based) – Sahih AlBukhari (sahih meaning correct) states that judgment day will not come until:

    "the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him"

    enough of this sucking up to religions.
    Dan, Israel

    October 23, 2010 at 5:47 am |
  6. Norman

    All you muslim hating poeple! Have you ever even researched the religion to form opinions or just watch TV and draw conclusions?

    October 23, 2010 at 5:38 am |
  7. roscoe

    has anyone even noticed the running shoes at the begining of this video?!

    October 23, 2010 at 5:25 am |
  8. warsteiner

    Ya just goes to show you how nuts these Muslims are. If you are about to be killed by a muslim you can convert and be their slave.That the muslims idea of mercy

    October 23, 2010 at 5:15 am |
    • Muneef

      As seems to me I made a mistake mentioning atheists as bad ones and I withdraw this remark since bad ones and good ones are found in every religion faith or belief or theory. Think only that their are some people who are possessed or bewitched to stand up against every religion and belief of good deeds.

      October 23, 2010 at 11:27 am |
    • Muneef

      Which film was that?

      October 23, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  9. Barn

    Just when I thought all sanity was gone on the earth, I am seeing uprising out of the ashes, a glimmer of hope that one day we can all get along and love one another regardless, of race or religion or cultural differences, amazing.

    October 23, 2010 at 4:16 am |
  10. xiaobao

    It's the world's turn to save Muslims from Islam.

    October 23, 2010 at 4:03 am |
    • Muneef


      It is the turn of Islam and Muslims to save the world from the dijjal."Antichrist "

      October 23, 2010 at 11:47 am |

    all this god talk is redundant. muslims can justify their suicide all they want but the fact of the matter remains that if I put a gun to your head and pull the trigger your so called "diety" isn't going to do squat to save you. keep believing in your 72, or whatever, virgins that are waiting for you. that bull is a great propaganda tactic by your so called "leaders" to sit back and live while you kill yourself in a useless attempt to fight the most powerful military in the world. keep telling yourself that your winning to pull more mindless muslims into your cause while we sit back and watch the body count rise, and the US isn't losing to this aspect.

    October 23, 2010 at 3:59 am |
  12. mechatronics

    Whats next? Muslim history month?

    October 23, 2010 at 3:06 am |
  13. Bashkim

    You people don't know nothing about Albanian Muslims. You should go and research little bit. We are the only nation with tree religions and never fought a religious war never in our history.

    October 23, 2010 at 2:58 am |
  14. billp

    What's the point here? Hitler was a baptized Roman Catholic. 1/3 of Germany was Roman Catholic when Hitler took power. A year later (1933), Hitler issued a national proclamation stating "The Catholic Church is a pillar of the Third Reich." Every soldier in the German Wehrmacht wore a uniform whose belt buckle bore the inscription "God With Us." If some Muslims acted to save Jews during the Holocaust,they did so only because it was the Christian thing to do.

    October 23, 2010 at 2:55 am |
  15. Aaron


    albanian muslim nazis

    October 23, 2010 at 2:46 am |
  16. DNVoroshilov

    Most people are unaware of the 21st SS Division, comprised mostly of Muslim Albanians, and the 13th SS Division 'Handschar', comprised of Muslim Bosniaks and Croats. Both were guilty of heinous war crimes.

    October 23, 2010 at 2:29 am |
    • Elder

      You sould like a Serb who's trying to spread propaganda.

      December 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  17. Cas

    A carbon copy story in the genocide in Rwanda, the muslims there also stood by their religious principles and saved thousands of Tutsis. I am an atheist, I don't believe in God, but history shows again and again that the Islamic religion is more principled than any other religion in this world. Those same die-by principles is also why they are in trouble with the unforgiving western capitalist ideology today.

    October 23, 2010 at 2:24 am |
  18. Andy

    This is true islam, peace and benevolence. Respect for others and the world around you.

    – A

    October 23, 2010 at 2:22 am |
  19. Brian

    Then they killed over 3000 at the World Trade Center and danced in the streets across the world. Pigs.

    October 23, 2010 at 2:04 am |
  20. Cheryl

    Are we supposed to be impressed that a few muslims saved a few hundred Jews? SIX MILLION were murdered! This story is offensive and disgusting – the vast majority of muslims then and now have nothing but hatred for Jews.

    October 23, 2010 at 1:25 am |
    • Muneef

      Well do not know where you got this misinformations from but we have nothing against the Jews they still live with us in our Islamic countries peacefully I hope but tell you the truth if there should be any hatred by the Muslims it would be against the Zionists that are making life miserable for both Jews and Muslims worldwide.

      October 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
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