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Rescue in Albania: One Hundred Percent of Jews in Albania Rescued from Holocaust Hardcover – 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Brunswick Press (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888521090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888521092
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,713,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Polly A. Puckett on December 10, 2009
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Saw a review of this book on TV so decided to buy it for my 11 yr old niece. She can't seem to read enough books on the Holocaust (so much for the next generation's not believing it really happened). The book is very interesting to say the least. I recommend it for people of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ADAM on November 17, 2013
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Last year, I published a brief item on my blog (see:[...] ) about the idea, which was briefly mooted in the 1930s, that Albania should be considered as a new 'homeland' for the Jews. So, it was with great interest that I began reading Harvey Sarner's book about the Jews in Albania.

It appears that Jews have lived in Albania since Roman times or maybe even before. During the 12th to 14th century, there were communities in what is now Albania and what is still considered to be 'Greater Albania', notably in the now Greek city of Janina. The expulsion of the Jews from Spain in the 15th century further increased the numbers of Jews in Albania. Until the 19th century, this small population of Jews lived peacefully with their Albanian neighbours. During the 19th century when nationalists, mainly Greeks, were trying to become independent of the Turks, there were several incidents during which Jews were massacred. These occurred mainly in Corfu and Janina, and have been largely forgotten.

During the first half of 20th century before WW2, Jews in Albania were tolerated by their gentile neighbours, both Moslem and Christian. The considered themselves, and were considered by others, as being primarily Albanian rather than Jewish, even though they did adhere to Jewish religious customs. They spoke Albanian rather than Yiddish, Hebrew or Ladino (as did Jews in Thessalonika). This may have been one of the reasons that protected them from the anti-Semitism, which was so rife elsewhere in Europe.
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A nice little book about the history of Albania, also how the Jews were saved during the Holocaust. This thin little book of just over one hundred pages has lots of information. However, to me, about half of the book seemed to read as a tourist guide. I think if the material was presented a little differently it would help. Still, though, a country that saved all the Jews during the Holocaust is definitely worth writing about. I don't think any other country can lay claim to that fact. It was also very interesting to learn about the term "Besa" and the moral code of Albania. I always learn something new from every book I read.
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