Albania commemorates Holocaust memorial day with particular parliamentary session – EURACTIV.com

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Albania’s parliament held a particular session on Thursday to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust on the event of Worldwide Day of Commemoration in Reminiscence of the Victims of the Holocaust, within the presence of representatives from the Embassy of Israel.

The UN Normal Meeting designated 27 January as Worldwide Holocaust Remembrance Day, which coincides with the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau demise camps in 1945.

“We now have organised the First Balkan Discussion board in opposition to anti-Semitism. It’s a part of humanity’s venture for a world of well-being, peace and safety. The Holocaust was a horrible chapter within the historical past of humanity,” stated Parliamentary Speaker Lindita Nikolla.

The President of Israel Isaac Herzog despatched a video message which was performed within the meeting. He thanked the Albanian individuals for supporting Jews throughout World Warfare II.

“Israel shall be grateful to the Albanian individuals for his or her assist. In some ways, Albania is a real chief within the Balkans on the subject of selling a Holocaust memorial and preventing anti-Semitism. There’s nonetheless a lot work to be carried out,” he stated.

Throughout World Warfare II, greater than 2,000 Jewish individuals sought refuge in Albania. They had been welcomed by the native inhabitants throughout its occupation by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. Albanians gave Jews Albanian names and sheltered them in mountain villages. Jewish individuals had been even allowed to worship in mosques and a Star of David can nonetheless be seen in a single mosque within the metropolis of Berat.

Albania turned the one European nation to have extra Jews dwelling there on the finish of the warfare than at first however fllowing the defeat of Germany, a lot of the inhabitants emigrated. The nation is dwelling to a Jewish Quarter in Vlora and Berat, a Jewish Museum, and a Jewish college though the precise variety of Jews in Albania stays only a few.

There’s additionally a Holocaust memorial within the Tirana Lake Park, and a few 75 Albanians have been recognised as Righteous Among the many Nations by Yad Vashem for his or her contribution to saving Jews throughout World Warfare II.

Albanian President Bajram Begaj additionally commemorated the day, stating “Reminiscence helps human beings to separate good from unhealthy, proper from incorrect, and with out it, societies can by no means attain a greater future.”

He added, he was proud to be president of a rustic that distanced itself from probably the most inhumane acts in historical past.

“The religion and hospitality of the Albanians is the origin of this distinctive and strange solidarity…The efforts of Albanians, Muslims and Christians, to cover and defend the Jews, risking their very own lives to unite them within the Albanian neighborhood,” he added.

(Alice Taylor | Exit.al)





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