Muslims who saved Jews in WW II (video)

Ari Siletz
by Ari Siletz


Norman Gershman has become accustomed to the reactions from people who see his photos and read his stories about Muslims sheltering Jews and saving their lives during the Holocaust.
"I had people say 'Muslims save Jews! How is that?'" the American Jewish fine art photographer told in a telephone interview--youtube description of video.


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by Ari Siletz on

This video reiterates that the current friction between Jews and Muslims is a matter of political circumstance and has little to do with the two religions being fundamentally at odds in modern times. The reminder is useful at a time when Jews and Muslims carelessy drag their spiritual beliefs into what is really a dispute over territory.


I tend to agree with oktaby/vildemose on this

by Bavafa on

These acts, in my opinion, are not motivated by religion at all only by a sense of humanity and what is right and what is wrong. In fact, I believe religion is often the source of much animosity and hatred between people.



To attribute these acts of

by vildemose on

To attribute these acts of humanity to Islam or other religions is a stretch in my opinion and not supported by historic facts and legacy of religious practice and behavior, minus some exceptions

Excellent point.

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

Ari khan for the great story .

and other link posted by Ms. Rusta were fascinating too, I'll be intersted to know more about the Roman's incidence since I was there back then.  Maziar

Farah Rusta

My pleasure Niloufar jaan

by Farah Rusta on

Actually I know of a similar case of another brave  Iranian diplomat/translator who was locally employed by the Iranian embassy in Rome in 1940's and saved many people (Jewish Iranians and Italians) from under the clutches of the then fascist government of Italy but unfortunately I can't remember his name. All I know is that he might have been a Bahai and was in the employ of the embassy until about the Islamic revolution when one day his lifeless body was discoverd on the railroads of a major station in Rome.

Perhaps one of the readers may know more and be able to shed some light on the life and identity of this humane and heroic life saver Iranian.



They saved

by oktaby on

Jews because they were decent humans. The next door neigbor of these saviors will have likely done the opposite (and generally did). One could even argue that many Jews, having suffered what they did, seem oblivious and indifferent to much suffering around the world and do their share of inflicting it.

To attribute these acts of humanity to Islam or other religions is a stretch in my opinion and not supported by historic facts and legacy of religious practice and behavior, minus some exceptions.

Turks also saved thousands during Vichy government between 1940-44 despite wishes of their government //

"..Recent findings of many contemporaneous documents
from the NARA, Library of Congress, and the FDR Presidential
library archives attest to the fact that the intervention in behalf of
French Jews with Turkish origins was not the policy of the Government of
Turkey at all. Rather, it was the determined undertaking of members of
the Turkish diplomatic corps who acted on their own against the extant
policy of their own government and that of the US and the UK.  These men
of conscience risked their careers and often their lives finding no
support among their diplomatic peers representing western countries
including those in the US legation. With their deeds these diplomats
risked the wrath and ire of their own government as well as Germany and
Vichy France."``



What a great act of humanity

by Q on

Thanks for posting.

Immortal Guard

There will always be good Muslims...

by Immortal Guard on


There will always be good Muslims...

Niloufar Parsi

farah jaan

by Niloufar Parsi on

what a fascinating character! many thanks for sharing the link :)



by mahmoudg on

Although Islam is incapable of such acts, as seen in Iran.  I think the people saved people.  Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastiranism.  All are the root cause of these problems.  If there were no religions, then we would have no jews or mulims to kill each other.  We are all human beings living on this one planet we have. 

Niloufar Parsi

great find Ari

by Niloufar Parsi on

thanks for posting

Farah Rusta

Not to forget our own Wallenberg!

by Farah Rusta on

Abdol Hossein Sardari (Iranian diplomat) saved many Iranian and non-Iranian Jews in Paris after the Nazis occupation of France in 1940.




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کلاه مخملی

 این بهترین بلاگیه که من تو این دو سه روز دیدم :)

آفرین ... !




Great post and an eye opening for many

by Bavafa on