March 3, 2017

Mosque provides sanctuary

The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust
by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix

The indelible bond between Muslims and Jews are solemnly depicted in this picture book, which describes how the Grand Mosque of Paris helped Jews evade the Nazis. The mosque hid Jewish children among their own, provided false identity papers, transported people in delivery bins, and guided people through Paris' underground passageways to safety. They did this in spite of Nazi suspicion and personal danger.

Their story is important, but not well-known, making this book even more significant during these times when hatred and religious intolerance seem to be increasing.

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