Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What’s she reading now?

Just finished reading The Grand Mosque of Paris : a story of how Muslims rescued Jews during the Holocaust by  Karen Gray Ruelle, (940.5318 RUG 2009) and found myself in a state of wonderment.

I wondered why I had never heard of this story before, or very much about Muslims during this period now that I think about it.

I wondered if Muslims had ever been persecuted during World War II and if the occupation of North Africa by the Nazis played into it either way.

I wondered what parts of this story are missing because so little of it had been written down and few of the participants are still alive.

I wondered how many other stories like this exist that I haven’t heard of yet that will show me something new and hopeful about relations between Jews and Muslims.

I wondered about human nature.

This book makes you think.   I wonder what more could you ask for?

Update: April 12, 2010
Just saw a commercial for a television program on PBS entitled Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust in Arab Lands about Jews being saved by Arabs during World War II.  Click the link to read a synopsis.


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