On the occasion of raising a memorial plaque in the center of Pristina to Holocaust victims, representatives of the Jews expelled from Kosovo and connoisseurs of historical circumstances from the period of the Holocaust responded today, according to Radio KiM website article.
Nissan Conforti left Kosovo and went to Israel before the bombardment in 1999. Two years ago, Conforti filed a complaint, looking for restitution of five houses in the center of Pristina that belonged to his mother. Since then, he hasn’t received any answer from Pristina’s court, Radio KiM Reported.
His mother was survivor of the Holocaust and he stated, in his interview to Radio KiM, that he will address to Strasbourg court of human rights. Conforti said that before he came to Pristina and filing a complaint, his friend filled a plea, with complete documentation, which proves that houses were confiscated and nationalized during the Holocaust. Conforti’s own house has been burned up in riots in 1997.
Year later, his family had to move from Kosovo to Israel.
In the “Week of Tolerance” Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci in front of the Parliament in Pristina discovered a plaque to victims of the Holocaust.
Kosovo’s Prime Minister on this occasion said that “we must never forget Kosovo families who saved Jewish population in those dark hours, and we must find the strength to move beyond conflict, beyond hate.”
This memorial plaque bothers Conforti. Plaque says that Jews have been transported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, but, it doesn’t say that they were held for 15 days in Albanian military facilities, according to Conforti, where his mother and her three children were also kept. Also, it doesn’t say anything about Skenderbeg division, Albanian soldiers who arrested Jews and helped Nazis.
This plaque is just a try to present Kosovo as a multicultural, European community, which is, according to historian Milos Damjanovic, useless effort. What’s sad, plaque isn’t saying a thing about Serbian and Roma families that hid Jews from Xhaver Deva, Albanian collaborationist who helped Hitler and whose name was a synonym for Hitler among Jews.