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TriBeCa Gallery Showcases Muslims Who Saved Jews During World War II
http://www.dnainfo.com/20110104/downtown/tribeca-gallery-showcases-muslims-who-saved-jews-during-world-war-ii
January 4, 2011 3:52pm By Julie Shapiro


TRIBECA — In the wake of the controversy over the so-called "Ground Zero mosque," a TriBeCa gallery is showcasing photos of Albanian Muslims who risked their lives to save Jews during World War II.

The 30 portraits at Soho Photo Gallery on White Street, accompanied by their subjects’ stories, speak powerfully to the quiet heroism of Muslims who hid more than 2,000 Jews from the Nazis 70 years ago.

Larry Davis, a member of Soho Photo, has been planning the show of renowned photographer Norman Gershman’s work for more than a year, long before the national firestorm over the Park51 mosque and community center, which is located a short walk away.

"The timing was just incredible," Davis said Tuesday. "It’s the extremists who make the noise and get the attention, but these ordinary people don’t get heard. Hopefully this [show] will give them a voice."

The show is called Besa, for the code among Albanian Muslims that obligated them to help those in need. The Albanian Muslims believed that their home belonged to God first, and then to guests, and last to the people who lived there, which meant they did not hesitate to take in Jews who were in danger, Davis said.

Gershman, an international photographer and former TriBeCa resident who now lives in Colorado, first heard about the role of Albanian Muslims in 2002, and he was immediately captivated.

"Whoever heard of Muslims saving Jews?" said Gershman, 78, in a phone interview this week. "That's why I did it. The essential message is: There are good people in the world."

Through trips to Albania over the past several years, Gershman met many of the families that rescued Jews during World War II, and he took intimate portraits of them with any memorabilia that remained. He has since compiled a book and a film that will be shown in festivals starting this fall.

"Why should we be honored?" one Albanian man asked Gershman. "We did nothing special. We did what any Albanian would do. We are all human."

Since the collection debuted in New York in 2008, it has traveled to more than 75 venues around the world, including the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. Also this month, some of the photos will be on display at the House of Lords in England, said Laura Kruger, who originally curated the show for the Hebrew Union College Museum.

"It’s become a bridge," Kruger said "It’s one of the few positive bridges between the Muslim world and the non-Muslim world."

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--- Quote ---"Whoever heard of Muslims saving Jews?" said Gershman, 78, in a phone interview this week. "That's why I did it. The essential message is: There are good people in the world."
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Gershwin is a f**king moron...before Israel/Palestine became infiltrated by Nazis and anti-monotheistic Zionist nutballs (making it a defacto proxy state for eurocrat chess players)...jews and muslims lived like brothers throughout the middle east. Here is just one of many examples of Muslim and Arab leaders telling Hitler to go f**k himself:
During the second world war occupation, Hitler demanded that King Mohammed the 5th turn over all Moroccan Jews. The king replied:

"We have no Jews, we have Moroccans"

and successfully rebuffed Hitler.
http://www.moroccohighlights.com/Jewish-heritage-tour.html
Moroccan king nominated for Righteous Among Nations title
Head of Jewish community in Morocco says King Muhammad V saved Jews during World War II by resisting demands of ruling French regime, making him eligible for title
http://www.ynet.co.il/english/articles/0,7340,L-3427804,00.html
Itamar Eichner Published:    07.20.07, 15:11
   
Heads of the Jewish community in Morocco have initiated a move calling for Muhammad V of Morocco, who was king during World War II, to be named Righteous Among the Nations for his efforts of saving the Jews of his country. This initiative is being promoted by head of the Jewish community in Morocco, Serge Bardugo, who was recently appointed roaming ambassador by king Muhammad VI of Marocco. Arriving in Israel earlier this week to attend President Shimon Peres' inauguration ceremony, Bardugo claimed he had testimonies of Jews who survived due to the king's decision not to implement the anti-Jewish race laws, or send Morocco's Jews to France, despite demands by Morocco's sovereign at the time, the pro-Nazi French government of Vichy. By refusing the demands of the Vichy government, claimed Bardugo, the king risked his life, making him eligible for the title of Righteous Among the Nations. The organization in charge of awarding such a title is the Public Committee for the Righteous Among the Nations, of Yad Vashem. The committee is headed by a retired High Court justice, and it includes Holocaust survivors, legal experts and historians. One of the criteria for receiving the title is the saving of Jews while risking ones life. "Should we receive clear-cut evidence in the matter, it will be investigated and the proper decision will be made," Iris Rosenberg, Yad Vashem spokesperson, said Friday. Naming the king Righteous Among the Nations, could have a great affect on Israeli-Moroccan relations, and as such, was endorsed by President Peres. Officials at Yad Vashem said that with all due respect to President Peres' endorsement, neither his nor any other government official's recommendation would have any affect on the matter. Since the establishment of Yad Vashem 21,700 people were awarded the title, 60 of whom were Muslims. Should Muhammad V be named Righteous Among the Nations, he would be the first Arab ever holding the title.


And check this out...
DNA tests reveal 'Hitler was descended from the Jews and Africans he hated'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1305414/Hitler-descended-Jews-Africans-DNA-tests-reveal.html
By Allan Hall
Last updated at 10:53 AM on 24th August 2010

Adolf Hitler is likely to have been descended from both Jews and Africans, according to DNA tests. Samples taken from relatives of the Nazi leader show that he is biologically linked to the 'sub-human' races he sought to exterminate. Journalist Jean-Paul Mulders and historian Marc Vermeeren used DNA to track down 39 of the Fuhrer's relatives earlier this year. They included an Austrian farmer revealed only as a cousin called Norbert H. A Belgian news magazine has reported that samples of saliva taken from these people strongly suggest Hitler had antecedents he certainly would not have cared for. A chromosome called Haplopgroup E1b1b (Y-DNA) in their samples is rare in Germany and indeed Western Europe.  'It is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, in Algeria, Libya and Tunisia as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews,' Mr Vermeeren said. 'One can from this postulate that Hitler was related to people whom he despised,' adds Mr Mulders in the magazine, Knack.

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And still most of the so called "saviours" turn out to be Nazis themselves:


THE NAZI KING
Report reveals relationship of Hitler and the Duchess of Windsor
http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/posts/view/113232
Saturday July 11,2009
By Simon Edge

In December 1940, as war raged in Europe and Britain battled Hitler in lonely isolation, 'American journalist Fulton Oursler received an unexpected summons to the Bahamas. He had been invited to conduct a rare interview with the islands' governor, the former King Edward VIII, 'officially known since his abdication four years earlier as His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor. As an officer in the British Army as well as a dignitary of the British Empire and brother of King George VI, the Duke might have been expected to fly the flag for his embattled 'country. Instead he gave Oursler a eulogy to Hitler. The former British monarch told the journalist it would be tragic for the world if the Nazi 'dictator were overthrown. Hitler was not just the right and logical leader of the German people, the Duke insisted, he was also a great man. As Oursler tried to grasp the 'enormity of what he was hearing the Duke asked him: 'Do you suppose that your President would consider intervening as a mediator when and if the proper time arrives?' The American understood that he was being asked to carry a message to President Roosevelt, with whom he was on good terms, but he was not certain what it was. As he was leaving the Duke's aide-de-camp spelt it out. He instructed Oursler: 'Tell Mr 'Roosevelt that if he will make an offer of intervention for peace, that before anyone in England can oppose it, the Duke of Windsor will instantly issue a statement supporting it and that will start a revolution in England and force peace.' Fortunately Roosevelt would have no truck with the Duke's treacherous scheme. He had already placed Edward and his American-born wife, the former Wallis Simpson, under FBI surveillance when they paid a visit to Miami. Newly declassified FBI papers revealed in a documentary this week on Channel Five show the Americans' scathing assessment of the royal figure who had once been the glam'orous darling of the British Empire. 'The British government were anxious to get rid of the Duke of Windsor, first and foremost because of his fondness for Nazi ideology,' the 227-page report concludes. 'The Duchess's political views are deemed so obnoxious to the British government that they refused to permit Edward to marry her and maintain the throne.'

As far as the British public was concerned the former Edward VIII had renounced the throne in 1936 because he was in love with a twice-divorced woman and could not marry her while 'remaining king. This had indeed presented a constitutional problem ' a divorcee could not enter the Royal Enclosure at Ascot, let alone become Queen ' but it is now generally accepted by 'historians that there were much larger issues at stake.  The British government was certainly right to consider the Duke a liability. Indeed so blatant was his behaviour in passing information to Britain's enemy in time of war that the term 'traitor' would not go amiss. Initially the problem was his temperament. As the dashing young Prince of Wales he had toured the British Empire with immense success, bringing the kind of star quality to the monarchy matched only by Princess Diana half a century later. Behind the scenes however he was a worry ' delighting in affairs with married women and capable of remarkable callousness. One of his private secretaries Alan Lascelles confided to prime minister Stanley Baldwin that he sometimes thought it would be best for the country if Edward fell off his point-to-point horse and broke his neck. 'God forgive me,' replied Baldwin, 'so do I.' By the mid-Thirties the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany presented a far greater challenge for those who worried about Edward's suitability for the throne. Thanks to his great-grandfather Prince Albert and his mother Queen Mary, not to mention his Hano'verian ancestor King George I, the Prince of Wales was as much 'German as he was English and so comfortable with the German 'language that he sometimes referred to it as his mother tongue. Since the First World War the monarchy had glossed over this aspect of its lineage. Edward's father King George V had changed the family surname from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor and the family had been at pains to reinvent themselves as British to the core.

But Edward's Germanophile instincts would not be suppressed. Now, with a belligerent new leader in Berlin threatening to rip up the Treaty of Versailles, those sympathies posed a serious problem ' particularly when King George V died in January 1936. Edward inherited the throne as a hugely popular new king ' and set about meddling in government policy. This was in defiance of all convention but that didn't stop Edward. He took to calling the 'German ambassador directly ' a clear breach of constitutional protocol and one with serious practical consequences. When Hitler made it clear he meant to send his forces back into the demilitarised Rhineland the government expressed its opposition. Edward should have stepped back. Instead he threatened to abdicate if Hitler's advance was stopped, compounding the harm by phoning the German ambassador to tell him he had done so. 'The reassurances from Edward that Britain wasn't going to fight were crucial,' says Professor Jonathan Petropoulos, author of Royals And The Reich. 'Hitler had an ace in the hole, as we would say in American poker, knowing what he did from Edward at the time.' In that context the abdication at the end of 1936 came as a godsend to the government. But even off the throne the Duke of Windsor posed an ongoing problem.

The FBI files show that at a party in Vienna in June 1937 ' the month he married Mrs Simpson ' the loose-tongued Duke told an Italian 'diplomat that the Americans had cracked Italy's intelligence codes.Four months later the Duke and Duchess paid a high-profile visit to Germany where the Nazi regime fawned on him. They met Hitler, who saw the value of 'cultivating an ally once so intimately involved with British affairs. Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels wrote of the Duke: 'It's a shame he is no longer king. With him we would have entered into an alliance.' Even the declaration of war was not enough to make the Duke sever his Nazi connections. He was made a major-general and stationed in France but he continued to 'communicate with the enemy. In January 1940 the German minister in The Hague wrote that he had established a direct line of contact to the Duke. This line of contact proved crucial to the tragic fate of France. From the Duke the Germans learned that their plans for the invasion of France had fallen into Allied hands. This intelligence allowed Hitler to change his plans and catch the Allies by surprise. France fell.

The FBI papers also reveal that the Duchess of Windsor was in 'regular contact with the Nazi foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, whom the Americans suspected of being her former lover. After the fall of Paris she and the Duke hopped from Biarritz to Madrid to Lisbon, shamelessly consorting with wealthy fascist sympathisers. In Portugal Edward committed what may have been the worst act of his shabby career. In July 1940 the German ambassador in Lisbon passed a message to Berlin saying: 'The Duke believes with certainty that continued heavy bombing would make England ready for peace.'

The former king was urging the bombardment of his own people.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill understood the danger he posed and was desperate to get him back to Britain, at one stage threatening him with court martial if he refused. In the end sending him to govern the Bahamas ' a humiliating posting which both the Duke and Duchess detested ' proved the most viable option. But as Fulton Oursler was to discover the former king continued to plot from the governor's mansion in Nassau, driven by a combination of his own Nazi sympathies and his belief that a strong Hitler could help him back to the British throne. Shortly after he took up the post the Duke told one confidant: 'After the war is over and Hitler has crushed the Americans we'll take over. The British don't want me as king but I'll be back as their leader.' Fortunately of course it never happened. The Americans came into the war on Britain's side, Hitler was crushed and the Duke of Windsor lived out an obscure retirement in Paris, where he died in 1972. His body was returned to Britain and the Nazi sympathiser who compromised Britain's war effort at a time of national peril was accorded a full royal funeral. The conclusion of historians of the period is that it all would have been so much worse without the abdication. 'Wallis Simpson saved the country,' says John Julius Norwich, whose parents Duff and Lady Diana Cooper were intimates of Edward in the Thirties. 'I think that Mrs Simpson saved not only the monarchy but also the country. She is actually my 'candidate for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.'

Britain's Nazi King Revealed, Channel Five, Thursday, 8pm.

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