While Americans have been massively propagandized to believe that Muslims are virulent anti-Semitics, the fact remains that Albanian Muslims saved at least 2,000 Jews–at peril to their own lives–during the Holocaust. Even more remarkably, they didn’t hand over a single Jew to the killers of the SS and Wehrmacht.
The reality is that we have been misled by the machinery of the Israeli government and their supporters, who find the conflation of anti-Semitism with opposition to the Israeli government a very useful meme to enlist in support of their treatment of Palestinians and their ongoing conflicts with their Islamic neighbors.
Norman Gershman is an American Jewish photographer who has documented the history of Muslims in Albania and the Jews they saved in a remarkable book, Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews in World War II. Even King Zog participated in the rescue, ordering the bureaucracy to issue protective papers.
With collaborator Stuart Huck he has also produced a 90-minute documentary about the heroism of Albanian Muslims, which Gershman discusses here:
This 85-minute video, recorded at the annual Vanderbilt University Holocaust lecture by Huck last October 21, includes an extended excerpt from the film along with photographs of rescuers and the rescued.
A trailer for the documentary is here.