At the same time however, a large number of Muslims resisted the Nazis and made efforts to save Jews from their clutches. Si Kaddour Benghrabit, rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, helped hundreds of Jews to pass themselves off as Muslims in occupied France. While in Berlin, the remarkably courageous Egyptian doctor Mohammed Helmy saved several Jews in an exercise of sheer audacious luck that needs to be heard to be believed!
Led by an expert on Third Reich history, Dr. Finn Ballard, this Conversation will illuminate the history of the relationship between Islam and the Nazi regime. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of a complex and lesser-known chapter of twentieth-century history.
About Your Expert
Finn grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to England to study and later teach in the department of Film and Literature at the University of Warwick. He completed his doctoral study on German folklore and popular cinema in 2012, and has published extensively in the fields of Film Studies and Gender Studies. Since 2008, he has been living and guiding in Berlin. He now works as a historical advisor for television and film productions set in Berlin, particularly during the Weimar era or Third Reich. He is a journalist for the 'Siegessauele', Europe's foremost Queer magazine, and organises events at Berlin's English-language bookstore 'Another Country'.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.