TIRANA, Jan 28 /– “Even in the darkest times, there are heroes—though sometimes they may be the people we least expect.In an article published on the prestigious Time Magazine, Melissa Chan, an American broadcast journalist, wrote “that’s the message a global non-profit group hopes to spread Friday on Holocaust Remembrance Day, when it displays a small exhibit in a New York synagogue.”
Chan notes that the exhibition “highlights the little-known stories of Muslims who risked their lives to rescue Jewish people from persecution during World War II.”
“Though the two religious groups are often presented in opposition, this exhibit is a reminder that they have also shared an important history of cooperation and mutual assistance,” the magazine writes.
The tales include those of Khaled Abdul Wahab, who sheltered about two dozen Jews in Tunisia, and Abdol Hossein Sardari, an Iranian diplomat who is credited with helping thousands of Jews escape Nazi soldiers by issuing them passports.
Time Magazine notes that the non-profit group also recognizes the Pilkus, a Muslim family in Albania who harbored young Johanna Neumann and her mother in their home during the German occupation and convinced others that the two were family members visiting from Germany.
“They put their lives on the line to save us,” Neumann, now 86, told TIME on Friday. “If it had come out that we were Jews, the whole family would have been killed.”
The collection of 15 stories shows how people organically came to protect one another, even in extreme environments of war and conflict, the exhibition’s organizers said. /ATA/