The notion of “we shall never forget” now has its roots firmly planted in Albania’s capital city, Tirana. Recently, with JDC’s assistance, Albania’s small Jewish community, funded the planting of 10 trees in Tirana. The project materialized from a few different sources. Currently, Tirana is embracing its “one citizen, one tree” initiative in an effort to green and beautify the city, and the Jewish community wanted to make a contribution.
The trees also serve as a thank you to the Albanians for the Jewish lives they saved during WWII. In the years around WWII, as Nazi Germany’s power grew, Albania stood as one of the few European countries willing to offer Jews a refuge—a title truly worthy of an entire forest. Additionally, the arboreal decision was made on Tu Bishvat, a Jewish holiday that honors the planting of trees. And with Earth Day upon us, we here at NY headquarters think trees are a pretty, permanent, and environmentally sound way to show gratitude.
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