I agree to this Xanthro. Also just to add to the topic, when one compares the countries in their support for the Jews it is of ultimate importance that they compare the same conditions! For instance, areas under direct German occupation or German teritorry can not be comapred to the ones where Germans had limited influence.Xanthro wrote:I know, I've read the archives. As I said, there are a number of sites that claim that Albanian lost no Jews, unfortunately, they are mistaken.Korbius wrote:Xanthro, as I said before, this doesn't come from me but from actual facts in the Israeli archives.
People make the mistake of assuming no losses because the Jewish population after the war was higher than pre-war. That doesn't equate to no losses. It means that immigration outnumbered losses.
Under the Italians, each Jew in Albania was required to report each day, unfortunately, they kept lists that fell into Nazi hands. The Albanians tried to protect the Jews, but still the Nazi got some. This isn't the fault of the Albanians.
Albania was as safe a country in occupied Europe as a Jew could hope to find.
Albania for instace was mainly under Italian occupation , Itlians found the idea of deporting the Jews very unpopular. The same was in Bulgaria, or even Hungary. It was Hitlers pressure that sometimes resulted in parts of Jewery being deported. I do not know how many serious attempts have Germans made to deport the Jews in Albania after sept 1943 since this also dependednt on the availble statistics and data, and I do not know how many Albanians really succesfully resisted such German attempts. The fact that Albaninan SS succumbed to German pressure in Pristina speak fori itself, why would the albanian SS be different in Kosovo from the one in Albania?
From this standpoint we can not compare Albania's effor to the one that Denmark for instance provided. I mean Denmark was basically directly treatened by Germans, and they as a country organized to save all the Jews. I mean this is an endevoar worthwhile mentioning it.
Also the example of Netherlands where even the king started wearing the yellow star as a protest to the Jewish discrimination is noteworthy. Again during full fledge German occupation.
I am sure Albania had brave individuals yet, the conditions where different to make a comparison with let say Denmark or Netherlands as a country or on an individual level to Poland where holocaust was practiced to the most strictest degree.
After the war Jews were eseverely suppressed in Albania like everyone else. In 1991 they where almost all airlifted to Israel. The remainig few dozens fled in late 90's after years of plundering, chaos, crime and violence that reigned Albania and to a certain degree reigns it today.