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Holocaust’s untold heroes

By SHAHZADA IRFAN, HOUSTON CHRONICLE

August 31, 2009 | 11:52 pm

The Holocaust Museum Houston is displaying photographs and stories of Albanians who rescued Jews during World War II. The project by Norman Gershman is an attempt to build bridges between Muslims and Jews. (Julie Koehn For the Houston Chronicle)

Shahzada Irfan was a Daniel Pearl Fellow for The Houston Chronicle and JewishJournal.com

When no other European country dared to withstand the wrath of Nazi Germany, it was the Muslims of Albania who saved a large number of Jewish people from extermination.

Albania, a Muslim majority country in Europe, opened its borders during World War II and took in thousands of Jews fleeing from different countries. They were treated like honored guests, and many were given fake names and even passports.

Read the full story at The Houston Chronicle.

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