Author Uncovers Stories of Arabs Helping Jews During Holocaust!!

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    MARGARET WARNER: During World War II, as Germany and Italy stepped up their persecution of Jews in Europe, what was the fate of the half-million Jews living in regions the Axis powers controlled in North Africa and the Middle East?

    That question intrigued Robert Satloff, an historian and Arabic-speaking Washington policy analyst. He took leave from his job as head of the Washington Institute for Near-East Policy and moved to Morocco for his research. The result is his new book, "Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust's Long Reach into Arab Lands."

    And, Robert Satloff, welcome.

    ROBERT SATLOFF, Author, "Among the Righteous": Thank you.

    MARGARET WARNER: So what attracted you to this story and inspired you to write this book?

    ROBERT SATLOFF: Well, I was drawn to the story because of my sense that denial of the Holocaust in many parts of the Arab world is the tip of the iceberg of what divides Arab societies from Western societies.

    And I tried to find a way to provide Arabs of goodwill a new approach to access and understand the Holocaust, to make it an Arab story. And I came up with the idea of asking the question: Did any Arabs ever save any Jews during the Holocaust?

    MARGARET WARNER: And tell us a couple of these stories. First of all, there were heroes even among the rulers, the elites in some of these societies.

    ROBERT SATLOFF: Yes, I found these helpers, rescuers of Jews at all levels of society. At the top of society, you had the sultan of Morocco and the ruler of Tunis -- Tunis was also like a monarchy at the time -- giving important moral support to their subjects.

    And then, in a place like Algiers, there's a fantastic story of all the mosque preachers at Algiers forbidding any believer from accepting a bribe offer from the Vichy French, asking any Arab to serve as a custodian of confiscated Jewish property.

    And, amazingly, not a single Arab accepted the bribe. So it's a remarkable story of comradeship in time of war.

    MARGARET WARNER: And quite different from Europe.

    ROBERT SATLOFF: And very different, in many respects, from what happened in Europe, yes.

    MARGARET WARNER: But the most riveting stories in here concerned ordinary Arabs. What are a couple of your -- I hate to say favorites -- but your nominees for an Arab Oskar Schindler?

    ROBERT SATLOFF: Well, I suppose my top nominee is a Tunisian gentleman named Khaled Abdelwahhab, who was in a small seaside town named Mahdia in Tunisia. And he learned one evening that a German officer was going to rape a blonde, beautiful, blue-eyed Jewish woman.

    And he knew that family of the Jewish woman, and he got there first. And he knocked on the door where she and her family were seeking refuge. And he said, "You have to come with me."

    And he ferried all of them in his car for the rest of the evening back and forth, because there were several families in the same place, ferried them to a farm that he and his family had outside town. And he kept them there for six weeks until the end of the war. And that, to me, is true heroism.

    MARGARET WARNER: All right. Give us another.

    ROBERT SATLOFF: Then, even in the heart of Europe, right under the eyes of the Nazis, in Paris, there's a fantastic story about a man named Si Kaddour Benghabrit, who was the rector of the mosque of Paris, the imam of the largest mosque of Paris.

    And there's compelling evidence that he saved up to 100 Jews in a very clever way. He gave them certificates of Muslim identity, birth certificates, marriage certificates, so they could pass as Muslims and thereby avoid arrest and deportation.

    MARGARET WARNER: You came up with an amazing statistic, which is -- at Yadvashem, which is the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, which has honored more than 22,000 of the righteous, people who saved Jews, there's not one Arab Muslim. And why? Why have these stories not been told? Why have these people not been recognized?

    ROBERT SATLOFF: Well, that's right. There are Muslims, I should point out. There are Bosnians, Albanians and Turks, but there's never been an Arab. And this didn't quite make sense to me, given that the persecution happened in Arab lands, and Arabs, on a human basis, certainly are no different than anybody else trying to help other people.

    So, why? There's really two reasons why we haven't heard these stories before. One is Jews, and Holocaust historians in general, haven't looked too hard. And, two, most Arabs didn't want to be found. And it was really the combination of the both is the reason why we don't know these.

    MARGARET WARNER: But why have Jewish investigators not looked too hard?

    ROBERT SATLOFF: Well, this is a very complex story. One level is that the Holocaust became very much associated with the European-Jewish narrative.

    And when hundreds of thousands of Jews from Arab lands came to Israel, they found that their Holocaust saga, their experience, which to them may have been very painful, was very different and certainly nothing even approaching the enormity of the Holocaust persecution in Europe.

    And so it was actually a point of division, a point of separation between Sephardi Jews and Ashkenazi Jews. And that made it less attractive to historians to focus on this enormous chapter that still we haven't heard much about.

    MARGARET WARNER: Bob Satloff, author of "Among the Righteous," thank you.

    ROBERT SATLOFF: Thank you very much

    Online NewsHour: Conversation | Book Reveals Holocaust Heroes | December 26, 2006 | PBS
     
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    I posted a link to New Yorker story a few months ago about a Muslim who hid the Torah form the Germans and hid Jews as well. Later he was helped by jews.

    The response to my thread was .... dead silence.

    I was disheartened because even without the reference to the religions of the people involved, it was a fascinating story of intrigue and coincidence.
     
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    but, but, but, but.......there was no holocaust, right sunni? :lol:
     
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    The Muslims don't want to admitt that any of them helped the Jews.

    And the Jews hate anything good being said about the Muslims.
     
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    Assuming hypothetically that there had maybe been some sort of aggressive action one might possibly characterize as a holocaust, and

    assuming that it might generally have been directed, possibly, at a group of people one might hypothetically refer to as Jewish,

    THEN Arabs helped them.
     
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    Once again, Yes, the Jews were rounded up and placed in work camps where many died of disease and over work.

    But No, there wasn't an industrial like extermination factory for killing Jews.

    Holocaust = No

    Human tragedy = Yes
     
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    That's exactly what the death camps were--extermination "factories" for killing Jews.
     
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    You are a dumb as a rock retard.
     
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    seems to me there's a lot more evidence for death camps than for Mohamed being a prophet.
     
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    Mohammad tried to claim title in the Jewish religion and was rejected so he started his own religion.
     

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