BESA: A Code of Honor

Photo from yadvashem.org

     The exhibition will be open at the YMCA until February 17th. 


Illini Hillel and the University YMCA will observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 24, 2019 with an exhibit from Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center called Besa: A Code of Honor - Muslim Albanians that Rescued Jews During the Holocaust.

     Besa means “to keep the promise.” It serves as the highest ethical code in Albania. Following the German occupation in Albania in 1943, the Muslim-majority country of Albania protected their Jewish citizens and provided refuge to Jewish people from other parts of Europe. Almost all of the Jewish people living within Albanian borders during the war survived.

     The exhibition is curated by Yad Vashem, World Holocaust Remembrance Center and produced by the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Shown at the University YMCA in partnership with the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center, Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation, Illini Hillel, the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Endowment Fund, the Interfaith Alliance of Champaign County, Interfaith in Action, Sinai Temple, the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at Illinois, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity – Delta Chapter and Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority - Mu Chapter, and Moses Montefiore Congregation.

Watch the speeches from the opening reception:

Chancellor Robert J. Jones

Ambassador Teuta Sahatqija

Imam Sawadogo Ousmane

First Secretary Ines Demiri

The Margie K. and Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Life

503 E. John St. Champaign, IL 61820

Tel 217-344-1328

Hours 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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