חֲסִידִי אֻמּוֹת הָעוֹלָם
In the aftermath of the Nazi occupation of France, many Jews were arrested and deported to concentration camps. Most of them never returned. The number of Jews deported could have been greater – of 28,000 Jews counted, only 13,000 were arrested.
The Kabyle community played a vital role in protecting the Semites. Indeed, as the hunt of the Jews was stymied, the Kabyles wrote a leaflet, the text of which is presented here:
“Yesterday at dawn, the Jews of Paris were arrested. Old, women and children – in exile like us, workers like us. They are our brothers. Their children are our children. Anyone who meets one of their children should give him refuge and protection until misfortune and sorrow end. “
Entirely written in Kabyle language, therefore incomprehensible for any other community, this text was read in hotels, markets and all the places frequented by members of the community.
Because of this story, no less than 1700 Jews were directly supported by Kabyles who not only hid them in their rooms and other places but also helped them move to Spain or North Africa.
Today, few people speak of these men who braved so many dangers and deprived themselves of so much, even their children, to come to the aid of the Jews. On the contrary, contemporary historians, including Jews like the pan-Arabist Benjamin Stora, are trying to dedicate this incredible solidarity to other entities, even inventing the recomboleque history that this momentum of humanism was the work of the mosque of Paris. It is heartbreaking!
Today it is the Kabyles and Kabylie face a genocide, silent but just as deadly. They do not voice their need for aid or charity. They want to remind people of those they themselves have rescued from certain death, to revive those good memories. It’s time to even the accounts.
“Israel has an ethical obligation to, on the behalf of the Jewish people, recognize, honor and salute non-Jews who, despite great risks to themselves and their loved ones, have helped Jews in their hour of greatest need.”