The Grand Mosque of Paris
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The Grand Mosque of Paris

A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix
Illustrator(s): Karen Gray Ruelle
Hardcover | Pages: 40
Size: 11 X 9-1/2 | USD: $18.95
ISBN: 9780823421596
Publication Date: September 15, 2009 | Guided Reading Level: T
Themes: Anti Racism / Black Interest / Own Voices / Activism Conversation Starters, Diversity & Inclusion, Holocaust, Hope, Judaica, Middle East Interest, Survival
Recommendations: A,C,K,PW,SLJ

About the Book

Beautifully illustrated and thoroughly researched, this compelling book reveals the almost unknown story of how French Muslims’ courage, faith, and devotion to justice saved the lives of so many Jews.

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.

The Grand Mosque of Paris is written and illustrated by both Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix. The book includes a glossary, bibliography, and recommended books and films.


“This well-researched book belongs on the shelves of most libraries.”
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“This is a fascinating, little-known piece of history.”