The Jewslim Orchestra band appeared after the annexation of Crimea. It combines two musical cultures: Crimean Tatar and Jewish. Muslims and Jews in the Crimea lived in harmony and mutual assistance, and when things got tough, they rescued one another. During World War II, the Crimean Tatars pretended Jewish children were their own so that they would not be taken to concentration camps.
"Friends in Need: Muslims and Jews in Crimea" is the latest in Hromadske's English-language series "Beyond East and West" in partnership with LSE Arena, a programme based at the Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics and Political Science.
"Beyond East and West" is a research project exploring Ukrainians’ connection to and understanding of their nation’s history. As part of this project we are producing a series of videos on history and analysing the response of audiences across Ukraine.