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1/15/2013--Introduced.Commends the people of Albania and Kosova for protecting the lives of all Jews who either lived in Albania or sought asylum there during the Holocaust. Commends Yad... Read More

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This resolution was introduced on Jan 15, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 15, 2013

Bill Text

RESOLUTION

Commending the Albanian people on the 100th anniversary of the declaration of their independence from the Turkish Ottoman Empire on November 28, 1912, and commending Albanians in Albania and Kosova for protecting and saving the lives of all Jews who either lived in Albania or sought asylum there during the Holocaust.

Whereas in 1934, United States Ambassador to Albania, Herman Bernstein, wrote that, ``There is no trace of any discrimination against Jews in Albania, because Albania happens to be one of the rare lands in Europe today where religious prejudice and hate do not exist, even though Albanians themselves are divided into three faiths''; Whereas in 1938, approximately 300 Albanian Jews lived in the Republic of Albania, and more than 1,900 escaped to Albania from Nazi-occupied Western Europe and the former Yugoslavia during World War II; Whereas Albanians in Albania and Kosova, based on their unique history of religious tolerance, considered it a matter of national pride and tradition to help Jews during the Holocaust, and due to the actions of many individual Albanians, the entire native and refugee Jewish community in Albania during World War II survived the Holocaust; Whereas Albanians sheltered and protected Jews in Albania and in Kosova, even at the risk of Albanian lives, beginning with the invasion and occupation of Albania by Mussolini's Italian fascists in 1939; Whereas after Nazi Germany occupied Albania in 1943 and the Gestapo ordered Jewish refugees in the Albanian capital of Tirana to register, Albanian leaders refused to provide...

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Bill Summary

1/15/2013--Introduced.Commends the people of Albania and Kosova for protecting the lives of all Jews who either lived in Albania or sought asylum there during the Holocaust. Commends Yad Vashem in Israel for recognizing Albanians who took action at great risk to protect Jews during the Holocaust. Commends the officers, board of directors, and members of the Albanian American Civic League and Albanian American Foundation for their work to bring the plight of the Albanian people and the historic connection between Albanians and Jews to international attention. Reaffirms on the 100th anniversary of Albania's 1912 declaration of independence support for close ties between the United States and Albania and between the United States and Kosova, which declared its independence in 2008.

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