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UNI's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education co-sponsors exhibit on Muslim rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust

April 5, 2012

Stephen Gaies, director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, 319-273-3870,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education will co-sponsor the traveling exhibit, "BESA: Albanian Muslims Who Saved Jews During World War II, Photographs by Norman Gershman," which will be on display from April 3 through July 7, at the Grout Museum District in Waterloo.

The exhibit features 41 photographic images with accompanying texts. It was developed by the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York City.

Several film screenings and panel discussions have been organized to accompany the BESA exhibit. "Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust in Arab Lands" will show at 7 p.m., Monday, April 23, in the Maucker Union Ballroom on the UNI campus. "The Danish Solution" will show at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, in the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museums in the Grout Museum District.

In 2003, renowned photographer Norman Gershman embarked on a project to find and photograph Albanian nationals and refugees from neighboring countries during World War II. By 2004, after two photographic journeys to Albania and Kosovo, he had discovered roughly 150 Muslim families who had taken part in the rescue of the Jews.

The exhibit is included with regular admission: $10 for adults; $5 for veterans, active duty personnel, and children 4 to 13; free to museum members and children 3 and under. For more information, please call the Grout Museum District at 319-234-6357 or visit