As two nations agree to establish diplomatic relations, Vjosa Osmani expresses gratitude to Jewish state, citing historical ties between the two peoples
Today, Serbia is looking for a family and Kosovo is looking for recognition, and Israel is precisely situated on the intersection between the two.
In the 1990s, 10,000 Kosovo Albanians died and about one million were displaced as a result of Serbia’s aggression.
Stephen B. Jacobs for several years he worked to design a Holocaust memorial for Albania’s capital. Unveiled last month at the entrance to the Grand Park of Tirana, the simple memorial features three stone plaques — in Albanian, English and Hebrew — that highlight the stories of Albanians who saved Jews during World War II.
The recent inauguration of the Holocaust Memorial in Tirana, Albania drew acclaim from Jewish leaders in Israel and abroad. This memorial represents an advancement in the already warm relations between Israel and Albania.
The Albanians protected the Jews despite Nazi German forces occupying the country.
Despite Kosovo’s continuous efforts – and its people’s sincere admiration for the Jewish state – Israel has so far refused to establish relations with the youngest country in Europe.
Authorities say the two were incompatible with their diplomatic status, a phrase often used in cases of spying,
Though the times were critical, the show of friendship toward Albanians was heartwarming.
House of Muhamet Bicaku, whose father and brother sheltered 20 Jews from occupation forces during Holocaust, was devastated in calamity that claimed 55 lives