Tag: escape

That time the Paris Mosque helped Jews escape the Nazis by giving them Muslim IDs

The most notable case of the mosque refuge was Simon Hilali, a Sephardic Jew who survived the La Grande Mosquée de ParisHolocaust by pretending to be an Arab named Salim with the assistance of Benghrabit and later went on to become the most popular Arab-language singer of the time. According to Hilali’s obituary, Germans were so suspicious of the Jewish musician that Benghabrit had the name of Hilali’s made-up Muslim grandfather carved on a headstone in a Parisian Muslim cemetery….more: messynessychic.