Dallas Holocaust Museum presents screening of Besa: The Promise
As part of The Dallas Holocaust Museum's new special exhibit, Besa: A Code Of Honor, running March 8-June 18, 2014, the museum will present two screenings of the 2012 film, Besa: The Promise.
The film and exhibit detail events in Albania, a European country with a Muslim majority, that succeeded where other European nations failed. Almost all Jews living within Albania’s borders during the German occupation – mostly refugees – were saved. The Albanian population, in an extraordinary act of honor, refused to comply with Nazi orders to turn over Jews. They provided many Jewish families with fake documentation and often-traditional Albanian peasant clothing that allowed them to intermingle with the rest of the population. This heroism was due to a traditional Albanian code of honor, Besa, which means, “to keep a promise.” One who acts according to Besa is one who keeps his or her word, and is someone to whom one can entrust their life and the lives of their family.