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How a Paris Mosque Sheltered Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust

– Heroic Tale of Holocaust, With a Twist

By ELAINE SCIOLINO

PARIS — The stories of the Holocaust have been documented, distorted, clarified and filtered through memory. Yet new stories keep coming, occasionally altering the grand, incomplete mosaic of Holocaust history.

One of them, dramatized in a French film released here last week, focuses on an unlikely savior of Jews during the Nazi occupation of France: the rector of a Paris mosque.

Muslims, it seems, rescued Jews from the Nazis.

“Les Hommes Libres” (“Free Men”) is a tale of courage not found in French textbooks. According to the story, Si Kaddour Benghabrit, the founder and rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, provided refuge and certificates of Muslim identity to a small number of Jews to allow them to evade arrest and deportation.

It was simpler than it sounds. In the early 1940s France was home to a large population of North Africans, including thousands of Sephardic Jews. The Jews spoke Arabic and shared many of the same traditions and everyday habits as the Arabs. Neither Muslims nor Jews ate pork. Both Muslim and Jewish men were circumcised. Muslim and Jewish names were often similar.

The mosque, a tiled, walled fortress the size of a city block on the Left Bank, served as a place to pray, certainly, but also as an oasis of calm where visitors were fed and clothed and could bathe, and where they could talk freely and rest in the garden. …

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A MAN WITH NO BAD HABITS!?

Once a man was waiting for a taxi. A beggar came along and asked him for some money. The man ignored him. But being a professional, the beggar kept on pestering him. The man became irritated when he realized that the beggar would not leave him alone unless he parts with some money.

Suddenly an idea struck him. He told the beggar, ‘I do not have money, but if you tell me what you want to do with the money, I will certainly help you.’ ‘I would have bought a cup of tea’, replied the beggar.

The man said, ‘Sorry man. I can offer you a cigarette instead of tea’. He then took a pack of cigarettes from his pocket and offered one to the beggar.

The beggar told, ‘I don’t smoke as it is injurious to health.’ The man smiled and took a bottle of whisky from his pocket and told the beggar, ‘Here, take this bottle and enjoy the stuff. It is really good’. The beggar refused by saying, ‘Alcohol muddles the brain and damages the liver’.

The man smiled again. He told the beggar, ‘I am going to the race course. Come with me and I will arrange for some tickets and we will place bets. If we win, you take the whole amount and leave me alone’. As before, the beggar politely refused the latest offer by saying, ‘Sorry sir, I can’t come with you as betting on horses is a bad habit.’

Suddenly the man felt relieved and asked the beggar to come to his home with him. Finally, the beggar’s face lit up in anticipation of receiving at least something from the man. But he still had his doubts and asked the man, ‘Why do you want me to go to your house with you’.

The man replied, ‘My wife always wanted to see how a man with no bad habits looks like'”””

via – Najamuddin Ghanghro