Under the auspices of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati and in cooperation with the Council of Europe and the Municipality of Tirana, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a series of events on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
To honor all Albanian citizens who risked their lives to save Jews, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Municipality of Tirana and the Israeli Embassy in Tirana, inaugurated a park named after the "Righteous among the Nations". 75 Albanians have been recognized by Yad Vashem among the "Righteous among the Nations". During the inauguration ceremony, Minister Bushati and the Israeli Ambassador in Tirana highlighted the noble gesture of the Albanians in saving Jews during the dark days of the War World II.
The event was attended by ministers, representatives of diplomatic corps accredited in Tirana, parliamentarians, representatives of religious communities and civil society, as well as surviving family members during the Holocaust.
In his speech during the ceremony, Minister Bushati emphasized the importance of the historical memory of one of the darkest events of humanity, as the best way to prevent anywhere violation of human rights by anyone. He also expressed his appreciation to all those Albanian families who despite maximum risk, witnessed to the world the best Albanian values, sheltering and protecting Jews during the war.
Following, the conference "We remember: Promotion of Human Rights through the lens of the Holocaust and Remembrance" was held in collaboration with the University of Tirana.
In his speech, Minister Bushati underscored that the education system remains very important in the prevention of such events and Albania remains committed to the defense of universal values strenthened in its capacity as member of one of the most important bodies in this regard, the UN Council of Human Rights. "Besa (the promise) given from the Albanians to the Jews not only made possible that not a single Jew in Albania was handed over to the Nazis, but generated an already consolidated friendship between our two peoples. We, Albanians, take pride in the sacrifices of our fathers and grandfathers, who although under the threat of death, sheltered the persecuted Jews throughout Europe "- Minister Bushati highlighted.
Panelists invited to the conference focused on the importance of education as a solid guarantee for never repeating the tragedy of humanity, and brought historical facts on the contribution of Albanians in rescuing Jews who lived before World War II and those who were sheltered in Albania during the war.
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