Bosniaks saved Jews in Holocaust

Photo of women and children in street together: A Muslim veiled woman, Zejneba Hardaga (right) and Jewish woman, Rivka Kalb (2nd from right) and her children are guided on the streets of Sarajevo in 1941. Zejneba covered the yellow star on the Rivka's left arm with her veil. Bahrija Hardasa, sister-in-law of Zejneba, is on the far left.

Photo of women and children in street together: A Muslim veiled woman, Zejneba Hardaga (right) and Jewish woman, Rivka Kalb (2nd from right) and her children are guided on the streets of Sarajevo in 1941. Zejneba covered the yellow star on the Rivka's left arm with her veil. Bahrija Hardasa, sister-in-law of Zejneba, is on the far left. Courtesy of Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota.

Serb propagandist Bosnian genocide denial websites, oftenly publish lies about the role of Bosniaks in WW2. What they forget to mention is the role of Serbia’s puppet regime under Milan Nedic which was the first to proclaim itself  “Judenfrei” in Europe.

The National Library in Sarajevo, shelled and set on fire by Bosnian Serb Army, destroying over 2 million books. Luckily the Hagada was saved.

The National Library in Sarajevo, shelled and set on fire by Bosnian Serb Army, destroying over 2 million books. Luckily the Haggadah was saved.

Bosniaks saved the Haggadah twice!.  First in WW2 and in 1992  when the Bosnian Serb Army shelled the National Library in Sarajevo destroying millions of books in an aim to erase Bosnian culture.

Read a short article by Jacob Finci, the President of the Jewish Community in Sarajevo about the Haggadah:


Once again, it was saved in a mysterious way. The hero this time was Qr. Enver Imamovic, the director of the Museum, who, along with a couple of brave policemen and members of the territorial guard, took out the Haggadah from the Museum immediately at the front line and moved it to the vault of the National Bank.

During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina several newspaper articles around the world speculated that the Haggadah had been destroyed or even that the Government of Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina sold it and used the funds to buy arms, which was all-an untruth. By 1995 Bosnia was no longer high on the agenda for media around the world. We were left to bleed and die, and the media went on to deal with other topics. Then an idea to bring back attention of the world to Sarajevo by using Haggadah was born. Senator Lieberman said: “I will come to Sarajevo for Passover if the Sarajevo Haggadah will be on the table”. President Izetbegovic and Prime Minister Silajdzic accepted the idea and the Haggadah was brought to the Jewish Community Building for the Passover of 1995 under massive security measures. The event was noted by all news agencies around the world and quite a few sent their reporters to Sarajevo especially for the occasion. The event was the “Breaking News” for CNN, but Senator Lieberman did not make it to Sarajevo because of the tight siege and the closing down of the airport.

(Source: Tourism Association of Sarajevo Canton)

One Response to “Bosniaks saved Jews in Holocaust”

  1. A lot of Bosnian muslims have died in Jasenovac too, that is something Serbs never mention.
    The enormous loss of the Jewish population in Bosnia is very sad and heartbreaking. A beautiful society and culture that brougt only the best to Bosnia almost dissapeared. I hope that the Jewsish culture will flourish again in Bosnia. They are Bosnians and they belong here!

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