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The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaustby Karen Gray Ruelle, Deborah Durland DeSaix (Illustrator)
When the Nazis occupied Paris, no Jew was safe from arrest and deportation. Few Parisians were willing to risk their own lives to help. Yet during that perilous time, many Jews found refuge in an unlikely place--the sprawling complex of the Grand Mosque of Paris. Not just a place of worship but a community center, this hive of activity was an ideal temporary hiding place for escaped prisoners of war and Jews of all ages, especially children. Beautifully illustrated and thoroughly researched.
Meet the Author
Karen Gray Ruelle's books for children include "75 Fun Things to Make and Do by Yourself," several board books, and five more Holiday House Readers. She lives in New York City.
Deborah Durland DeSaix, a former college professor, has written and illustrated many picture books for children. Reviews for her artwork are outstanding. Booklist praised her art in Know What I Saw by Aileen Fisher saying, "De Saix steals the show, though, with lush, photorealistic scenes that are both large enough to sweeten the subtraction lesson built into the 10-to-1 countdown premise." She now lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
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In this account of Muslims helping Jews during the Holocaust is an unforgettable story of daring, ingenuity and humanity of the highest order, which, as a picture book, is not just for the young to enjoy.