The Grand Mosque of Paris

The Grand Mosque of Paris

A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

Book - 2009 | 1st ed
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During the Nazi occupation of Paris, no Jew was safe from arrest and deportation to a concentration camp. Few Parisians were willing to risk their own lives to help. Yet many Jews found refuge in an unlikely place, the sprawling complex of the Grand Mosque of Paris. Not just a place of worship but also a community center, this hive of activity was an ideal temporary hiding place for escaped prisoners of war and Jews of all ages, including children.
Publisher: New York : Holiday House, ©2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780823421596
0823421597
Call Number: j 940.5318 R921g 2009
Characteristics: 40 pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: DeSaix, Deborah Durland

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Questions 1b, 3 and 3a. Grades 4-6. During the Nazi occupation of Paris, no Jew was safe from arrest and deportation to a concentration camp. Few Parisians were willing to risk their own lives to help. Yet many Jews found refuge in an unlikely place, the sprawling complex of the Grand Mosque of P... Read More »

Question 3. Grades 4-6. During the Nazi occupation of Paris, no Jew was safe from arrest and deportation to a concentration camp. Few Parisians were willing to risk their own lives to help. Yet many Jews found refuge in an unlikely place, the sprawling complex of the Grand Mosque of Paris. Not ju... Read More »

During WWII, Muslims used the Grand Mosque in Paris to help sneak Jews out of the city, right under the nose of the Nazis.

During WWII, Muslims used the Grand Mosque in Paris to help sneak Jews out of the city, right under the nose of the Nazis.


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savtadina
Nov 02, 2019

An amazing story that has not been known to many. It tells how Muslims in Paris helped save Jews during the Holocaust. They did it by temporarily housing them at the Grand Mosque and then finding ways for them to exit.

It looks like a children's picture book, but the story line is best for children in at least fourth grade with some knowledge of WWII and the Holocaust.

caleherreman Aug 02, 2019

A moving true story, beautifully illustrated, of how the staff of the Grand Mosque of Paris saved the lives of many Jews during the dark days of Nazi German occupation. For the most part, these were North African Jews who looked a lot like the mosque's congregants, most of whom were also of North African descent. But they were at the beginning of a pipeline for getting Jews, resistance fighters, Allied spies and others out of Paris to the safer countryside. There are still many unknowns in this seldom-told tale, but the author explains in the Afterword that the information presented has been verified by documentation-- difficult to come by in such clandestine activity.

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viprobert
Jul 01, 2018

This is a fascinating account of how Muslim rector Si Kaddour Benghabrit and the Kabyle Resistance sheltered Jews and Allied forces personnel on the grounds of the Grand Mosque in the heart of Paris, escorting them to safety. You'll hold your breath as the Rector calmly speaks with Nazi and Vichy government officials in his office while Jews scramble into their hiding places. Be sure to read the "Afterword" at the back of the book to learn how this amazing story recently came to light.

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