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Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

Karen Gray Ruelle (2009), 40 pages
Illustrated by Deborah Durland DeSaix
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Historical, Multicultural, Picture Books
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The Nazis occupied Paris between 1940 and 1945. The new Vichy government, which sided with the Nazis, passed many laws to make life very difficult for Jews. Even worse, government officials and soldiers rounded up Jews and sent them to work camps. Most never returned alive. During this horrible time, people all over France risked their lives to shelter and hide Jewish children. The Grand Mosque in Paris hid many people, including entire Jewish families. Officials created fake papers to claim the visitors were Muslim or Christian, and helped them escape from Paris. Nazi officials could come in and search the mosque at any time. Sometimes the Jews, Resistance fighters and escaped prisoners of war hidden at the mosque got away through underground tunnels and then boats. This beautifully illustrated book portrays the fear of the time as well as the mosaic artwork and restful gardens inside the mosque's walls. There is very little evidence left of the generous and brave acts of the Muslims of Paris who heroically saved their Jewish brothers and sisters so many years ago. This book presents a nearly forgotten history of people doing what was right at great personal risk.
Similar authors: Amy Littlesugar ; Anne Frank
Similar books: Willy & Max: A Holocaust Story ; The Shadow Children ; The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank's Window ; The Doll with the Yellow Star ; Helping the Polonskys ; Anne Frank: A Life in Hiding ; I Will Come Back for You: A Family Hiding During World War II
Awards nominated: AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature
Awards won: Middle East Book Award, Honorable Mention
Reviewed by: Julia
Date read: 2/21/2017
ISBN-10: 0823421597
ISBN-13: 9780823421596