23 2017

In Honor of Yom Hashoah- Jewish Survival in Albania & Kosova

1:00PM - 3:00PM  

The Berkshire Museum 39 South Street
Pittsfield, MA

Contact Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

Kept secret by the communist regime for nearly 50 years

Discover the remarkable and little-known story of how the Albanian people, mostly Muslims but also Christians, bravely rescued Jews during World War II. Guided by a moral ethic called “Besa,” Albanians risked their lives to smuggle and hide Jewish refugees in their midst. Through testimonials and film, explore a story of tolerance and resistance to oppression that resonates today.

Welcoming Special Guests:

  • Honorable Joseph J. DioGuardi, President & Founder, Albanian American Civic League and Foundation
  • Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi, Balkans Affairs Advisor, Albanian American Civic League and Foundation
  • Lekë Rezniqi, Survivor Descendant, Secretary of the Kosova-Israel Friendship Association
  • Faton Bislimi, Senior Fellow, Kosova Public Policy Center
  • Agim Alickaj, Descendant of the Deputy Secretary of Decan, Kosova, during the Nazi Occupation

Candle lighting and prayers in memory of those murdered in the Holocaust will be followed by an exhibition on the Kosova rescue and an exhibition of Righteous Gentiles by the students of Clarksburg Middle School.

Special reception hosted by Ronald and Karen Rettner.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, Knesset Israel, Ronald and Karen Rettner and the Albanian American Civic League & Foundation with support from the Jewish Women's Foundation.


Sponsor: Jewish Federation of the Berkshires