Kadri Cakrani – An unknown Albanian hero of the Holocaust

He served as a commandant-general of the town of Berat, and in 1943, he called for help as he tried to protect the Jews in his area.

By ELIZABETH J. VRATO

 

Albania was the only country in Europe to end World War II with more Jewish residents than before the war, and it was partly thanks to men like my grandfather, Kadri Cakrani.
This month that remarkable fact was recognized by a new Holocaust memorial unveiled in the nation’s capital of Tirana. It honors not just the suffering of the Jews of Europe under the Nazis, but the Albanian Muslims and Christians who risked everything and put themselves “under the bullet,” as my grandfather said, to protect men, women and children who were different from them, and in many cases, complete strangers.
(Read the article here: https://www.jpost.com/opinion/kadri-cakrani-an-unknown-albanian-hero-of-the-holocaust-639574)

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