Sultan of Morocco, Mohammed V, seated, left, with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, 1943

We all remember Rick’s Café and that immortal love song in that most memorable Humphrey Bogart movie “Casablanca” which was released during WWII. But not many may remember Morocco’s young Sultan Mohammed V. There was a large Jewish population living in Morocco at the time of the war and when Sultan Mohammed was asked to round up the Jews so that they can be sent to concentration camps to die or be killed, he refused. Sultan Mohammed was a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad through Muhammad’s daughter Fatimah. He saw himself as a protector of all “people of the book”, that is Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Photograph shows the Sultan of Morocco Mohammed V, with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in Casablanca 1943.