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Discussion: The Albanian Code

Hosted By: Sousa Mendes Foundation

The Albanian Code from award-winning Israeli filmmaker Yael Katzir tells the little-known story of how thousands of Jewish refugees in Albania were rescued in World War II. Ennie Altaraz, who was saved there having escaped from Yugoslavia, decides to return to say thank you. This voyage is full of surprises, discovering how a nation bound by its moral code saved refugees and recognizing Albania’s unique wartime role in rescuing the persecuted.

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Yael Katzir

Award-winning Israeli filmmaker YAEL KATZIR has produced and aired over 120 films on Israeli television. She holds degrees in history and literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and UCLA and in broadcasting and film from Boston University, In addition to SHORES OF HOPE, which we presented in 2020, her films include MY GRANDMOTHER HAD A GUN, THE ALBANIAN CODE, VIOLINS IN WARTIME, PRAYING IN HER OWN VOICE and COMPANY JASMINE. She is the author of COMMANDO-MOM, DIARY OF A MOTHER OF AN INFANTRY SOLDIER (1994). She is a Professor of film and history at the Art School of Beit Berl Academic College and is the Principal of Katzir Productions.
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Dr. Mordecai Paldiel

Dr. Mordecai Paldiel headed the Righteous Among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem from 1982-2007. His books include The Path of the Righteous, Sheltering the Jews, Saving the Jews, Diplomat Heroes of the Holocaust, Saving One’s Own: Jewish Rescuers During the Holocaust and The Righteous Among the Nations. He teaches at Stern College and Touro College and serves on the Board of the Sousa Mendes Foundation. Thanks to his efforts, there is now a square named for Aristides de Sousa Mendes as well as a street named for Raoul Wallenberg, both in Jerusalem. He is a member of the B’nai Brith committee in Israel honoring Jewish rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust.
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Sousa Mendes Foundation

Founded in 2010, the Sousa Mendes Foundation is dedicated to honoring the memory of the Holocaust rescuer Aristides de Sousa Mendes and to educating the world about his good work.
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