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The Mosque of Paris: A forgotten Resistance

Date:
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Screening
Organizer/Author:
Sandra Schwartz
Location Details:
San Francisco Friends Meeting
65 9th St.
San Francisco, CA

Documentary film by Derri Berkani
Jews and Muslims have often lived and acted in harmony. During WWII, Muslims in occupied France protected Jews from deportation to Nazi death camps. The Paris mosque became a reufge for anyone hiding from the German occupiers, including Jews, many of them children. The mosque's rector even provided false birth certificates "proving" that Jews were Muslims.

Solidarity between Jews and Muslims flourished beyond the mosque. The film's director found a leaflet distributed among Algerian workers after Paris police conducted the first massive roundup of Jews. It said: "The Jews are our brothers, and their children are like our own children."

Dr. Annette Herskovits, who survived the holocaust as a child in France thanks to a clandestine rescue network, will present the film, tell her own story, and speak about the vital and little known role played by Muslims from France's coloniews in teh struggle against teh Nazis.
Added to the calendar on Wed, May 31, 2006 2:55PM
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