This is a short video on how, Albania ended the war with more Jewish people than it began it with, a forgotten story. Against what contemporary racist say, getting over excited by the Mufti of Jerusalem or whatever, the colonial and racist oppression of the Muslims in Europe at that time made them likely to do more than their white neighbours to help Jewish refugees.
One Algerian community in Paris save 1700 Jewish children from deportation and murder by hiding them in a mosque built by the French government, just after the first world war. They gave them Muslim names and helped them out of the country. A leaflet circulated amongst the people read:
“Yesterday at dawn, the Jews of Paris were arrested. The old, the women, and the children. In exile like ourselves, workers like ourselves. They are our brothers. Their children are like our own children. The one who encounters one of his children must give that child shelter and protection for as long as misfortune-or sorrow-lasts. Oh, man of my country, your heart is generous.”
As I come towards the end of my project writing Hurr this story of a people, willing to give up all the comfort of life to do what they perceive to be right has helped get me on track.