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THE GRAND MOSQUE OF PARIS by Karen Gray Ruelle

THE GRAND MOSQUE OF PARIS

A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

By Karen Gray Ruelle (Author) , Deborah Durland DeSaix (Author) , Karen Gray Ruelle (Illustrator) , Deborah Durland DeSaix (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2159-6
Publisher: Holiday House

Holocaust history includes many instances of righteous individuals who risked their lives to hide or help Jews escape the Nazis’ annihilating evil. In occupied southern Paris, the Muslim community, descended from the French colonies of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, centered life around the Grand Mosque, a place of worship, culture, education and even health care. North African Jews living in the city maintained a neighborly relationship with their Muslim brothers, who shared physical attributes and similar cultures. These Jews could easily seek refuge at the Mosque, from which the Parisian Muslims who joined the French Resistance guided them to safety through an underground escape route. Although few documents remain, substantial evidence supports this fascinating and courageous story, notable as an example of the truly respectful and honorable rapport Muslims and Jews, living side by side, enjoyed for centuries. Realistic oil paintings complement the lengthy text, which celebrates a Muslim community whose selfless devotion to justice saved more than 1,000 lives. A must read for today’s multicultural curricula. (afterword, glossary, notes, bibliography, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)