The Holocaust Center will be hosting a reception for the opening of their new exhibit on the Albanian Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust. The event will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Center, 851 N Maitland Ave. in Maitland. It is co-hosted by the Islamic Society of Central Florida.
The exhibit, “Besa: A Code of Honor,” will be at the Center until the end of March. It offers a glimpse into the lives of a people whose commitment to their faith requires them to act unselfishly even under the most dire circumstances. Besa is an Albanian interpretation of the Koran, and is generally translated as “faith” or sometimes “to keep the promise.”
Sunday’s reception will include the screening of a brief film and a presentation by Imam Muhammad Musri about the concept of “besa.” He will talk about ways that besa – an aspect of faith that requires self-sacrifice – is common to the teachings of the Islamic, Judaic and Christian religions. There will be an opportunity for questions and conversation at the conclusion of his remarks.
During World War II, Albania, the only European country with a Muslim majority, succeeded in the place where other European nations failed. Almost all Jews living within Albanian borders during the German occupation, those of Albanian origin and refugees alike, were saved.
The exhibit is based on the work of American photographer Norman H. Gershman and his quest to tell this remarkable story. Over a five-year period he sought out, photographed, and collected dozens of powerful and moving stories of heroism. His work, in photographs and text, reveals the extraordinary choices of ordinary people acting within their Muslim faith. In story after story, they speak the same truth. Their faith, and the compassion it instilled, left no room for doubt. They must, no matter what the peril and what the cost, do the right thing.
For more details please contact the Holocaust Center at 407-628-0555.
The Religion World - 26/01/2012