Canadian PM: Lets learn from Albanian BESA.
Harper's address to Holocaust remembrance ceremony
".....And in so many places, why was that number not larger?
At the end of today's ceremony will be the launch of an exhibit from Yad Vashem, on Muslim Albanians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.
We have much to learn from their example.
Following Nazi occupation in 1943, the Albanians refused to turn over lists of Jews within their borders.
They gave false documents to Jews, to help them avoid detection.
The country protected not only its own Jewish citizens; they welcomed an even larger number of Jewish refugees from neighbouring lands.
As a result, almost all of them were saved.
What is the reason for this magnificent example?
It is besa, a code of honour, the highest ethical code in Albania.
Besa means literally “to keep the promise” – to keep one's word, to the point of being someone in whom a person in need can entrust his or her very life.
Ladies and gentlemen, we too must keep this promise.
This is the culture of honour which we must all protect and strengthen, not only in our own country, but also in international forums and around the world....."