[RHODES MUFTI WHO HELPED JEWS AGAINST THE NAZIS IN RHODES] Typescript document / certificate of citizenship signed 'Seyh Süleyman' as 'Il mufti di Rodi', prepared for 'Sevgen Bechige', in the period of Italan Occupation of Rhodes.
SHEIKH SÜLEYMAN KASLIOGLU, (Müfti of Rhodes), (1890?-1974).
Dated September, 28, 1945, Rodi, Rhodes.
Original typescript document signed by Seyh Süleyman Kaslioglu. 30x21 cm. In Italian. Sealed by 'Rhodes Müftülügü'. 1 p. "He was the leader of the Turkish Community in Rhodes, the mufti, clergyman. During the Second World War in 1943, Nazi Germany eventually invaded Greece and moved from there to the Aegean Islands. Thus, soon after, Rhodes fell into the hands of the Nazis. They were confiscating the property of the Jews living on the island and closing the synagogues. Under these circumstances, Süleyman Kaslioglu offered to keep the Torah and other Hebrew books he received from clergy and citizens in the Murad Reis Mosque. But most of the Jews were taken to the concentration camp. Of the 1673 Jews who went to Rhodes from the concentration camp, only 151 were able to return. Süleyman Kaslioglu delivered the books of the returnees years later.". (Source: Gündem Çesme: Rodos müftüsü ve bizim Ddiyanet Isleri Baskani by Sedat Kaya).