BESA: A Code of Honor: Muslim Albanians who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust
Date:Thu, 1/24/2019 - Sun, 2/17/2019
Time:5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Event Type:Open House
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BESA: A Code of Honor is a traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Besa means “to keep the promise.” It still serves as the highest ethical code in the country of Albania today. Following the German occupation in Albania in 1943, the Muslim-majority country of Albania protected their Jewish citizens and provided refuge to Jewish people from other parts of Europe. Almost all of the Jewish people living within Albanian borders during the war survived. Learn about the Albanians that went out of their way to save their Jewish community.
The opening reception will feature speakers, special guests and desserts. Among the speakers will be Imam Ousmane Sawadogo from CIMIC, who was invited to represent the Muslim community in Champaign-Urbana and Chancellor Robert J. Jones, Ambassador Teuta Sahatqija, the Republic of Kosovo's General Consulate in New York, and Ines Demiri, the Consulate's First Secretary will join us for the reception. Kosovo is a country with a Muslim Albanian majority. On view in Murphy Gallery at the University YMCA January 24, 2019 - February 17, 2019
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