Muslim Heroes Saved Jewish Lives During Holocaust

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    Muslim Heroes Saved Jewish Lives During Holocaust


    January 27, 2013, is the International Holocaust Memorial Day. On this day, 68 years ago, the Allied Forces liberated the Auschwitz Death Camp. Although Israel commemorates her Holocaust Memorial Day on a date memorializing the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the United Nations has chosen for the International Holocaust Memorial Day to fall on Auschwitz Liberation Day.


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    According to Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, a former Chief Rabbi of Israel “In my opinion, the date set by the UN as the International Holocaust Memorial Day should be used to commemorate the righteous of other nations, who worked to save Jews in spite of the terrible dangers involved. There is no more appropriate a day than this to deliberate upon the personalities of those stars which shone brightly in the darkest night, people such as Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul in Lithuania; Roul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat in Hungary; Oscar Schindler, the German industrialist in Poland, and many others whose names are not known well enough.” Some of those names are of Muslims who selflessly risked their lives to save Jews and International Holocaust Memorial Day is a significant day to honor those people.


    Today’s news is filled with stories of conflict, many of them focused on Israel and its Jewish and Muslim population. Within the history of the Holocaust, there are many under-reported stories of Muslims who bravely saved Jewish lives and it is important to tell these stories. According to the American scholar Arnold Reisman, Turkey actually did more to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust than the United States and the United Kingdom. In sum, Turkey saved around 15,000 Turkish Jews who were living in France, 20,000 Eastern European Jews, and an additional 190 prominent Jewish scholars who found safe haven in Turkey. Turkish Counsels in Greece and France fought hard to save Jewish lives at enormous risk. For instance, on the island of Rhodes, Turkish Consul Selahattin Ülkümen pressured the Nazis into sparing the 50 Jews of Rhodes who possessed Turkish citizenship. Later on, he was imprisoned by the Nazis after his consulate was bombed and his pregnant wife was murdered by the Nazis.\

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    The Turkish Consul of Marseilles, Necdet Cant, showed similar bravery. When he heard that Turkish Jews who were living in France were rounded up by the Nazis, he personally went to the train station and demanded the release of all Jews who were Turkish citizens. According to Arnold Reisman, “When the guards refused to comply, he got into the wagon with them. A German officer ordered him to get off but Kent refused to leave unless they let his Turkish citizens off as well. Angrily, the officer said no, you can go with them and closed the door. After three hours of extreme cold and filth, the train arrived at the next station. Obviously realizing a possibly explosive international incident had to be quickly diffused, the German officer who opened the door to the wagon apologized profusely and allowed Kent to leave and take all the people in the wagon with him, never looking at papers, never checking to see if they were Turkish citizens or not.” He saved 80 Jewish lives.

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    Interestingly, Turkey was not the only Muslim country whose diplomats actively worked to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust at enormous risk. Abdol-Hossein Sardari, who was in charge of the Iranian mission in Paris, saved 2,000 Iranian Jews that were living in France during the Nazis occupation, despite the fact that it put his career and life on the line; he continued to fight to save Jewish lives even after Iran was overrun by Allied Forces and he was ordered home by his superiors. He used his own personal inheritance money to finance the rescue of Iranian Jews after he was stripped of his diplomatic immunity and pay. Unfortunately, Abdol-Hossein Sardari never received any recognition during his lifetime and died in exile in London in 1981, after his Ambassador’s pension and Iranian properties were lost during the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

    The Talmud states, “Whoever saves a life, it is as if he saved the entire world.” These stories from the Holocaust, illustrate that when people, regardless of their race or religion, value human life, the greatest in them can come out, and they are compass to guide the actions of this and future generations.


     
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    International day of Holocaust observed. In India

    Tributes were paid on Monday to those who risked their lives while saving Jews and others in the Nazi-sponsored Holocaust during the second World War.

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    The occasion was International day of commemoration in memory of the Holocaust victims during the Second World War under Nazi Germany, which was observed in the Capital.

    Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador of Israel to India, Alon Ushpiz, added a personal tone to the commemoration recalling how his family suffered then.

    “My mother was 10-year-old when she had to run from pig-shed to small safe house, thanks to the Russian army that she is alive. My grandfather saw his father beaten almost dead,” the Ambassador recalled.

    Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman, Director, UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan read out a message from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon paying tribute to those who risked their lives to save Jews and others from the Nazi prosecution.

    The theme of the commemoration — ‘Rescue during Holocaust, the courage to care’ paid tributes to those who risked their lives to save Jews and others. - PTI

    The Hindu : NATIONAL / NEW DELHI : International day of Holocaust observed
     
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    atleast on internet we should have muslim-jews friendship forums
     
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    Interesting, I didn't know about this.

    I doubt it will get much attention though. It's not the kind of stuff that people want to hear.
     
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    pack leader Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    once and for all , we jews dont hate islam or muslims we hate arabs
    not all arabs but pan arbist and islamist idiolegy influenced arabs

    we have great respect for turkish and persian civilazetions and their trditional political outlook
    some in the ruling class of thes countrys conracted the islamist ilness from arabs we have issus with them too
     
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    All Turks, Persians and Former Indics are Slaves of Allah.
     
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    farhan_9909 Tihar Jail Banned

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    neither does Muslims hate Jews(excluding the extremist like taliban)

    Jews had closer ties with Muslim for the past Some 10 centuries

    but the Palestine issue has f***** up everything
     
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    farhan_9909 Tihar Jail Banned

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    so does you

    ALLAH OR YAHWEH both are respective names of GOD in Arabic and Hebrew
     
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    Allah is as good to us as non-existent!

    Islam means Submission - Submission to Allah - Servant of Allah - Slave of Allah, whatever you call!

    You are that. :rofl:
     
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    No need for communal flame baiting... Farhan for once is talking sense.

     
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    Believe me, we all hate the Islamists and thanks for that message.
     
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    come on mate no need to disrespect other religions.that was totally uncalled for!
     
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    In Islam, You are really a Slave of Allah!

    ‘Abd:

    servant, worshipper, slave. Muslims consider themselves servants and slaves of God. Common Muslim names such as Abdullah (Servant of God), Abdul-Malik (Slave of the King), Abdur-Rahmān (Slave of the most Beneficent), Abdus-Salām (Slave of Peace), all refer to names of Allah.

    A widespread name Abdullah (name) (or 'Abd Allah) means "servant of God" or "worshipper of God".

    Abd Rabbuh (“slave of his Lord” or “servant of his Lord”)
    Abduh (“His slave” or “His servant”)
    Abdul Nabi (“slave of the Prophet” or “servant of the Prophet”)

    Glossary of Islam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Abd (Arabic) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    feeling proud for being a slave/servent of Allah
     
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    Ain't Turkey, Iran and Pakistan moving towards Dar al-Islam as mandated by Allah?

    Saudi has already reached there.
     
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    I would like to add although slightly off this topic.There were muslim heroes who saved hindus and sikhs during partition and also hindu and sikhs who saved muslim lives.Perhaps we should focus more on this chapter in history rather than solely on those who killed innocent people.
     
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    I would like to hear both sides of the story.... Like for instance, how muslims Love hitler for his genocide against Jews and how much the arabs supported Nazis...;)

    The Arab/Muslim Nazi Connection - Anti-Semitism and Holocaust

    Muslim Brotherhood & Adolf Hitler

    Lebanon: Current Issues and Background - John C. Rolland - Google Books

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    that is not fair all civilazetions have good and bad people
    you are not born evil
    evil idias make yoy evil
     
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    Do you know what exactly happened in 1947 in India?
     

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