In Honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day Presented in collaboration with American Society for Yad Vashem Following the German occupation in 1943, the Albanian population refused to comply with the occupier’s efforts to turn over lists of Jews residing within the country’s borders. The Albanians protected their Jewish citizens and provided sanctuary to Jewish refugees. The assistance afforded to Jews was grounded in BESA, the code of honor which still today serves as the highest ethical code in the country.
For two weeks in August 1936, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship camouflaged its racist, militaristic character while hosting the Summer Olympics. Minimizing its antisemitic agenda and plans for territorial expansion, the regime exploited the Games to impress many foreign spectators and journalists with an image of a peaceful, tolerant Germany. Presented in collaboration with United States Holocaust Memorial Museum