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 â€œto keep the promise.â€ 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. â€‹The exhibition will be on display in the Murphy Lounge at part of Art@Y at the University YMCA and will kick off with a welcome reception on Thursday, January 24th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. featuring speakers, special guests and desserts. Among the speakers will be Imam Ousmane Sawadogo from CIMIC, who was invited to represent the Muslim community in Champaign-Urbana and Chancellor Robert J. Jones. Ambassador Teuta Sahatqija, the Republic of Kosovo's General Consulate in New York, and Ines Demiri, the Consulate's First Secretary will join us for the reception. Kosovo is a country with a Muslim Albanian majority. â€‹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 CIMIC-Central Illinois Mosque And Islamic Center, Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation, Illini Hillel at Cohen Center For Jewish Life, the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Endowment Fund, the Interfaith Alliance C-U, Interfaith in Action, Sinai Temple C-U, Illinois Jewish Studies, Alpha Epsilon Pi at the University of Illinois (Delta Chapter), Alpha Epsilon Phi-UIUC and Moses Montefiore Congregation.
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