20 December 2015
The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, will visit Yad Vashem, tomorrow, Monday, December 21, 2015. The Prime Minister will tour the Holocaust History Museum, participate in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visit the Children's Memorial and sign the Yad Vashem Guest Book as well as meet with members of the Mandil family, who were rescued during the Holocaust by Righteous Among the Nations Hamid and Xhemal Veseli, Muslim brothers from Albania.
There will be photo-ops in the Hall of Names, Hall of Remembrance and signing of the Guest Book outside the Children's Memorial. Media who are interested in covering the visit must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, and arrive at the Hall of Names with valid GPO card, by 15:30.
In addition, the Prime Minister will be signing the first first-ever agreement between the Albanian Ministry of Education and Sport and Yad Vashem that will promote the professional development of Albanian educators in Holocaust Studies. This memorandum outlines several projects in the field of teacher-training, including a seminar for Albanian educators to be held at Yad Vashem. The seminar will be accredited by the Albanian Education Ministry. Press is welcome to attend and photograph the signing of this agreement.
Yad Vashem's special online exhibition, BESA: A Code of Honor, is dedicated to the unique story of how Muslim Albanians helped rescue hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust. Almost all Jews living within Albanian borders during the German occupation, were rescued. For the complete story, please visit our Online Exhibitions section on our website.