Monday, February 3, 2014

Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Monday is HERE.

For Nonfiction Monday  --  "The Grand Mosque Of Paris: a story of how Muslims saved Jews during the Holocaust" by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix.
Ruelle utilizes a narrative nonfiction style to tell the story of how the North African Muslim community in Paris protected Jews and others targeted by the Nazis following their invasion of France.  Men, women and children found safety behind the walls of the Grand Mosque of Paris until Muslim Resistance Fighters were able to smuggle them out of the country by way of underground passages linked to the Seine.  Although Ruelle admits that many of the details of this historic time may never be known, her careful research has provided enough facts to produce a compelling story.

The book concludes with additional information that includes an afterword, glossary, references,  and an index.

DeSaix's oil paint illustrations are beautiful and offer an elegant balance to the descriptive text.

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