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Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced the opening of two new Jewish museums in Albania, one in Vlora and one in Tirana. The museums will be dedicated to the history and culture of the Jewish community in the Southeast European country, as well as to the Albanians who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

“These museums will be a testament to the unique relationship between Albanians and Jews,” said Rama. “During the Holocaust, when most of Europe was turning its back on Jews, Albania was a safe haven. Albanians risked their lives to protect their Jewish neighbors, and this museum will honor their courage and sacrifice.”

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The museum in Vlora will be located in the historic synagogue in the city’s Old Town. Built in the 19th century, the synagogue is one of the oldest in Albania. The museum in Tirana will be located in the former Jewish Community Center. 

A sign in Berat, Albania, reads Rruga Hebrentje, or Jew Street. (credit: NAOMI TOMKY/JTA)

The center was built in the 1930s and was a hub for Jewish life in Albania before the Holocaust.

The museums, scheduled to open in 2024, are being funded by the Albanian government and by private donations.

“These museums will be a valuable resource for students, scholars, and anyone interested in learning more about the history of the Jewish community in Albania,” Rama said. “They will also be a reminder of the importance of tolerance and respect for all people, regardless of their religion or ethnicity.”

Source : TheJerusalemPost

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