ADL COMMEMORATES HOLOCAUST DAY AT CITY HALL; HONORS
ALBANIAN RESCUER AND RECOGNIZES JEWISH SURVIVOR
New York, NY, May 2, 1997...At a City Hall ceremony today the Anti-Defamation
League (ADL) honored an Albanian Muslim who rescued Jews during the Holocaust
and Speaker of the New York City Council, Peter Vallone, along with Councilman
Wendell Foster presented a proclamation to ADL New York Regional Board in
recognition of its commemoration of Holocaust Day.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, presented the League's Courage
to Care Award to Arian Myrto whose father, Shyqyri Myrto, an Albanian Muslim,
rescued Jews during the Holocaust. As a student, Shyqyri, became friends
with Jozef Jakoel. When the Nazis invaded Albania four years later, Shyqyri
rescued Jozef and his sister Keti by hiding them from the Germans.
Dr. Anna Kohen, an Albanian Jew whose parents were hidden from the Nazis
disguised as Muslims, spoke about her family's experience.
During the Holocaust, Albanian Jews were shielded from the Nazis by
their Muslim countrymen and one hundred percent survived. Speaking on behalf
of the Albanian people was Albanian Ambassador to the United Nations, Pellumb
New York City students from Regis High School, Yeshiva Ohel Moshe and
the Yeshiva of Flatbush also participated in the ceremony with a presentation
of songs and poetry.
The commemoration was co-hosted by ADL's New York Regional Board, Braun
Holocaust Institute, and Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers as well
as the City Council of New York and the Jewish Study group of the New York
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