Kosovo commemorated the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht , known as "the night of broken glass," when the Nazis staged a wave of attacks on Jews in Germany and Austria. Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, laid wreaths at the commemoration plaque in Pristina, dedicated to the suffering of the Jewish community living in Kosovo during the Holocaust.
Kosovo organized commemoration activities for Holocaust victims today marking the 79th anniversary of the 'Kristallnacht' ('crystal night' or also referred to as 'night of broken glass') when Nazis conducted a wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms on the streets of Vienna and other cities in 1938 in Austria and Germany.
The events organized also marked the role of the Albanians in saving Jews during the World War II. Kosovo Prime Minister in a press release issued on Thursday considered it to be a miracle that under difficult circumstances, Albanians were able to protect and shelter the Jewish community from the Nazis.
“Although the Albanian people at that time were living under difficult conditions and were suffering as well, they were known for their high virtues of generosity, hospitality, solidarity, and humanism, and proved themselves to live up to those standards in the extremely dramatic moments of the Jewish people during World War II," said Haradinaj.
"Albanians in Kosovo, Albania and wherever they were, took great risks on their shoulders to save hundreds of Jewish families that came from different countries,” Haradinaj concluded.
On Nov. 9, 1938, hundreds of synagogues were burned, numerous homes and Jewish-owned stores were ransacked, some 1,000 people were killed and more than 30,000 Jews were sent to concentration camps.
The attacks marked the beginning of the state-organized, violent persecution of Jews which ended in the murder of six million European Jews by the end of the Third Reich in 1945. /GazetaExpress/