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“BESA: A Code of Honor: Muslim Albanians who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust”

Event Type
University YMCA; REEEC
Murphy Gallery, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St, Champaign, IL
Jan 24, 2019 - Feb 17, 2019   5:00 - 7:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
Russian, E. European & Eurasian Center: Co-sponsored Events

On view in Murphy Gallery at the University YMCA January 24, 2019 - February 17, 2019

Opening Reception Reception:
Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 5:00PM-7:00PM
Remarks at 5:30PM

The opening reception will feature 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.

A good opportunity for the communities of Champaign County to learn more about the work in person and to dialogue. All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public.


Location of Opening Reception:
Murphy Gallery at the University YMCA
1001 S. Wright St, Champaign, IL
(Corner of Wright & Chalmers across from Lincoln Hall on the U of I Campus)


Art @ the Y, a public arts initiative of the University YMCA, is pleased to present BESA: A Code of Honor -- Muslim Albanians who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust. 

BESA: A Code of Honor is a traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Besa means “to keep the promise.”  It still serves as the highest ethical code in the country of Albania today. 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. Learn about the Albanians that went out of their way to save their Jewish community.



BESA 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, CU Jewish Federation, Illini Hillel, the Interfaith Alliance of Champaign County, Interfaith in Action, and Sinai Temple.


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