August 31, 2009
Holocaust’s untold heroes
Their story is rarely told, but Albanian Muslims took in fleeing Jews during World War II, saving thousands of lives
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.