Tunisia Holocaust Conference Honors 5,000 Forced Into Labor Camps, Deportees

A conference commemorating the effects of the Holocaust on Tunisian Jews is being held in Tunis.

Historians, scholars and authors are scheduled speak at the two-day conference, which ends on Sunday. The conference aims to remember the 5,000 Jews subjected to forced labor in Tunisia during a six-month Nazi occupation of the country. Some were deported to Nazi death camps on the European mainland.

The conference also is set to memorialize Muslims who saved Jews during the period, including Khaled Abdelwahhab, a Tunisian Muslim who successfully hid more than 20 Jews from the Nazis in a factory on his property.

The conference is sponsored by the Tunisian Association Supporting Minorities, a Tunis-based NGO which works to defend minority rights in the country, and by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, a New York-based nonprofit that focuses on Muslim-Jewish relations.

Yasmina Thabet, head of the Tunisian Association Supporting Minorities, told reporters that by holding the conference “we are showing that we will not be deterred by threats and violence from helping Tunisians recover the memory of a searing event in our history.”

Author

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Tunisia Holocaust Conference Honors 5,000 Forced Into Labor Camps, Deportees

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close