West Windsor, N.J. – The public is invited to join the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center and the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Muslim Student Association for the opening of the exhibit, “Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews in World War II,” on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. (Educators will receive 2.5 Professional Development Hours.)
This international exhibit, which features works by world-renowned photographer Norman Gershman, tells the stories of brave Albanian men and women who valued honor in the face of adversity, hiding their Jewish neighbors from Nazi invaders during World War II. When World War II ended, Albania was the only European country to boast a larger number of Jewish people than before the Holocaust. More than 2,000 Jews from Albania, Greece, Italy and other nations were hidden in the homes of Albanian families throughout the War. “Besa,” the Albanian code of faith and honor, was the source of the courage that led to their rescue.
This exhibit began at Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and was expanded by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. It has been brought to the Mercer County Holocaust Center courtesy of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m., the public is invited to recall the tragic events of Kristallnacht with “A Day to Remember: Survivors and Recipes.” MCCC Culinary faculty member Frank Benowitz will prepare traditional Ashkenazi dishes while attendees discuss recipes and survivor stories from “The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook.”
More information on these and other events is available by calling 609-570-3355. The Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center is located on Mercer’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, on the second floor of the Library building. For more information, click here.