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

by Karen Gray Ruelle

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This well researched book is great for the classroom. The afterword holds its own as a great informative piece. This in my opinion is the best way to inform student about history and get them thinking about cultural differences and how we are all still human, and the power of working together.A story that files in the face of current world views of how Jews and Muslims do not get along. ( )
  jordan70 | Mar 16, 2014 |
The Grand Mosque of Paris provided a place of refuge for the Jewish people during World War and the Nazi Occupation. The authors provide distinct information on certain people who helped Jewish people during this time people. I feel like that helps readers connect with the historical information on more of a personal level.
I believe the author wrote this book to provide insight on the struggles Jewish people endured during the World War. The main focus of the book is on the Muslims that helped the Jews during World War and provided them a hiding place in the Grand Mosque of Paris. There isn’t a lot of information available on the Muslims that helped Jews during the World War and its clear that the author feels its important for that information to be brought to light.
  psuchilit14 | Mar 16, 2014 |
Excellent, true story. Muslims need to know how Muslims helped people of another faith.
  fadeledu | Dec 13, 2013 |
The book is about a true story of a Muslim community in Paris working to save the Jewish people. It has a really rich culture and religion that will be excellent to use in classrooms to show children how different the culture is, and help shed light at it's uniqueness. ( )
  marycha | Dec 3, 2013 |
This book tells the true story of a Muslim community in Paris working to rescue Jewish people during the holocaust, hiding them in their mosque, disguising them as Muslims, and transporting them out of the city to safety. It tells the stories of Albert Assouline and Salim Halil who were both saved by this community, and the work of the Kabyle Resistance.
I thought the illustrator did a great job on the opening page of using texture, color, and the lines of the bayonets to introduce the Nazi occupation of Paris. The dark, fogginess and sameness of the eyeless faces added a lot of meaning and mood to the setting. I noticed that she used the most color to portray the mosque, which seemed to be symbolic of the safety and light this mosque held for the Jewish people hidden there. I like how the author wrote in very clear, easy to understand language. It makes the book, with a complex topic, very accessible. I think this is an excellent book to add to children's understanding of world history and of the complexity of religious and cultural differences and interactions. I love how the authors includs a lot of information on the Muslim community in Paris and the functions of the mosque, both topics that many children may find unfamiliar. I think it's important to tell stories of Muslim people and communities that disrupt the often stereotypical or fearful images we are given in the news or other media. I also think that it's important that the creators of this book included a section that explained where they got their information and why they wrote the book. It is important for children to learn that they need to verify whether the information in a book is trustworthy. ( )
  BrittaSorensen | Nov 13, 2013 |
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Very well told story of the hospitality offered to Jews by the Muslim center in Paris--tells risks involved and shows compassionate and caring way Jews were helped and protected--better known as le Chamber in France.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823423042, Paperback)

When the Nazis occupied Paris, no Jew was safe from arrest and deportation. Few Parisians were willing to risk their own lives to help. Yet during that perilous time, many Jews found refuge in an unlikely place--the sprawling complex of the Grand Mosque of Paris. Not just a place of worship but a community center, this hive of activity was an ideal temporary hiding place for escaped prisoners of war and Jews of all ages, especially children. Beautifully illustrated and thoroughly researched. 

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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.… (more)

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