Thursday, November 24, 2005

The Kosovo conflict and the Holocaust - a bloody Albanian heritage many wish to cover up

On the right, Kosovar Albanian Muslim Nazir Hodic, a member of the Nazi SS Division Handzar in Bosnia. On the left is Rudi Sommemer, the commander of the Nazi SS Albanian Battalion, 6/28 in Handzar. Hodic is shown wearing the Albanian skull cap issued by the SS with a Nazi swastika on his collar.

Here we have facts and images, which many spectators of current political events will find neither entertaining, nor amusing. They deal with those typical links between fascism and extremist Muslim and Islamist ideologies. And the ill-famed Grand-Mufti of Jerusalem even plays his own role in this.

On there is a brilliant review of a 1997 book by the American Harvey Sarner (who claims to be a historian, but - in fact - isn't at all), titled "Rescue in Albania", which continues to falsify the Albanian records of murder of their willing participation in the Holocaust. The objective of books like these is to portray the Albanians as worthy to be given an autonomous state encompassing the Serbian Region of Kosovo-Metohija - and to be worthy of military protection by NATO. Books like these effectively assisted in creating the massive, compassionate media support FOR Albanians (in Kosovo), which eventually led to the attack on FRY in 1999.

The author of the review, the American Carl Savich, puts up the ugly truth against such lies and shows, that what began centuries ago and found a terrible climax in WW II continues today under almost identical circumstances. And what is even more disturbing, is the fact that the very ethnic history of Kosovo is directly connected with basic events of WWII and the Holocaust.

I'd like to quote some crucial parts of his review and display some telling pictures of soldiers, of who Albanians today are still proud of, despite their involvment with Nazi SS-divisions and the Holocaust:

History is in many ways a myth we create for ourselves. History is constantly falsified to justify wars and territorial claims. Albanian apologists have falsified the role Albania played in the Holocaust to justify an illegal US/NATO war against Serbia and to allow for the creation of a Greater Albania that would include the Serbian province of Kosovo-Metohija. The Albanian role in the Holocaust was falsified and manipulated to advance the creation of an “independent Kosova", an ethnically pure Albania statelet, a second Albanian state in eastern Europe.

The Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Albania are estimated at 591 from 1941 to 1944, when a Greater Albania was sponsored by Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. There were 33 known families of Albanian Jews living in pre-war Albania. The largest Jewish community consisted of 15 Jewish families living in Vlora. According to the 1930 census, there were 204 Jews living in Albania. At the Wannsee Conference in 1942, when the Final Solution was organized, the total Jewish population of Albania was listed as 200 Jews. By 1939 there were Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria. [...]

What role did Albania play in the Holocaust? Albanian apologists maintain that no Jews were killed in Albania during the Holocaust. Is this accurate? What is the context of this statement? Albanian apologists have consciously and methodically falsified the Albanian role in the Holocaust. The way this was done was to totally suppress the fact that Kosovo-Metohija was a part of Albania from 1941 to 1944. Also left out is the fact that a Greater Albania was in fact created that included not only Kosovo-Metohija, Kosova in the Greater Albania ideology, but southern Serbian territory, territory in southern Montenegro, and western Macedonia, or Illirida. Albanian apologists distort history by implying that it was Albanians that rescued Jews. But in fact it was the Italian occupation forces that opposed the Final Solution and who rescued Jews. Another falsification is the omission of the role played by Xhafer Deva, a Kosovar Albanian Muslim, in the Greater Albanian state and in the Holocaust.

Albanian apologists falsify the history of the Holocaust by suppressing the fact that it was Adolf Hitler who first created a Greater Albania that included the Serbian province of Kosovo-Metohija. They assiduously cover-up the fact that it was Adolf Hitler who set the precedent for an “independent” Kosova, an ethnically pure Albanian Kosova. Albanian apologists have carefully suppressed and deleted this fact. [...]

Rescue in Albania is nothing more than a thinly-veiled propaganda tract. His subtitle is: “One Hundred Percent of Jews in Albania Rescued from Holocaust.” The book features an Albanian and Israeli flag on the cover. [!] Van Christo, the Albanian president of the Frosina Foundation, has used the book for “fund raising purposes” to obtain money for the separatist campaign in Kosovo. Lobby money can buy you a lot of lies. And Sarner just knows that. [...]

The book had a clear-cut goal and purpose all along. Propaganda is written for a specific purpose and goal. As Adolf Hitler himself noted, propaganda is not written for “blasé young gentlemen”, but to convince the masses, to persuade key groups, key target audiences. In this case, the target audience was the Jewish community in the US. Sarner parrots the Albanian and US State Department policy on the Serbian province of Kosovo-Metohija as follows: “The status of Kosova [sic], currently a part of Yugoslavia, is in contention today. Albanians favor either independence for Kosova or its being a part of Albania. The people of the area are ethnic Albanians.” Of course, this statement too is incorrect and is patently absurd. The borders of Yugoslavia are recognized by the United Nations and by international law. Yugoslavia, as a sovereign nation, has a right and duty to safeguard and protect its own internationally recognized and legal borders. But Sarner knows all that. Propaganda is not written to be rational. As Hitler noted, propaganda appeals to the emotions and subjective and irrational nature of man. This is what Sarner is appealing to.

What is the Kosovo conflict all about? Edith Durham in "The Burden of the Balkans", published in 1905 (!), explained the Albanian goal in Kosovo succinctly and clearly:

The Christian the Albanian persecutes is the Slav Christian, and this is the old, old race hatred. Of all the passions that sway human fortunes, race hatred is, perhaps, the strongest and the most lasting.

The Kosovo conflict is all about “race hatred”, what we call “racism” today. It is all about finishing the job Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini started. It is called genocide and ethnic cleansing. This is the real goal. This is why Sarner is falsifying the history.

Durham also argued that the Shqip or Albanian language is an “Aryan tongue”. The Nazi/fascist sponsors of Greater Albania in 1941 would also argue that the Albanians were part of the Aryan, or master race, a superior race.

In 1991, virtually the entire Jewish population of Albania left for Israel. The Jews were airlifted to Israel after the collapse of the Communist regime. Albania under the Communist regime of Enver Hoxha maintained no diplomatic relations with Israel. Hoxha abolished religion and created an atheistic state in Albania. Today, there are less than 40 Jews in all of Albania. They live in the capital Tirana. In Kosovo, the small Jewish population was ethnically cleansed out of Kosovo in 1999 along with Kosovo Serbs and other non-Albanians after NATO troops occupied the Serbian province. The Kosovo Jews fled to Belgrade. There are no more Jews living in Kosovo today, which is under NATO military occupation.

And now for some smashing pictures, a gallery of the historical heroes and - in fact - ethnical rolemodels for Albanian independent seeking politicians in today's Kosovo-Metohija :

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el Husseini, met Albanian Muslim leaders and sponsored the creation of a Greater Islamic State, proposed by Kosovar Albanian Muslim Bedri Pejani, which would unite Greater Albania and Bosnia-Hercegovina and the Sandzak region of Serbia. Kosovo Albanians have named a secondary school in Pec and a street in Pristina after the Nazi Bedri Pejani (!).

Rudi Sommerer, the commander of the Nazi SS Albanian "Kosovar" Muslim Battalion 6/28, wearing a gray Albanian skull cap specially made by the SS Main Office, 1944 (headed by Kaltenbrunner at that time).

"Kosovar" Albanian Muslim Skanderbeg Nazi SS Division/Kampfgruppe in Kosovo, 1944. This Nazi SS Division, made up of "Kosovar" Muslims, rounded up Kosovo Jews that were murdered in the Nazi death camps.

Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig, commander of the Nazi SS Division Handzar in Bosnia. He is shown wearing the Albanerfez, or national Albanian skull cap made by the SS for the Nazi Albanian "Kosovar" Muslims in the division.

Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig, commander of the Nazi SS Division Handzar in Bosnia. He is shown wearing the Albanerfez, or national Albanian skull cap made by the SS for the Nazi Albanian "Kosovar" Muslims in the division.

Xhafer Deva, Kosovo Albanian Muslim (!) interior minister of the Nazi-created Greater Albania. Deva helped form the "Kosovar" Muslim Nazi SS Division Skanderbeg which rounded up the Jews of Kosovo for extermination.

Jozef Fitzhum, SS leader in Albania, he implemented the Final Solution in Greater Albania and created the Kosovar Skanderbeg Nazi SS Division.

"Kosovar" Albanian troops in the Nazi/fascist Balli Kombetar (BK, National Front), known as balists.

Collar patches of the "Kosovar" Nazi SS Division Skanderbeg. The SS created a helmet with a goat's head for the Albanian Nazis in the division, supposedly worn by George Kastrioti, Skanderbeg.

Gjon Marka Gjoni, the fascist leader of the Albanian Roman Catholics (!), whose followers were in the Skanderbeg SS Division.


At 3:48 PM, Blogger the-ilirian said...

you have it all wrong. The only victims of racism in Kosova were the original inhabitants (THE ALBANIANS) and they fought and are still fighting to gain full control over their homeland from the vicious Serb occupier.
The Ilirian

At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Jewish family in Kastoria, Greece were rounded up and murdered by Albanian forces there during World War Two. Local Albanians (Chams/Tzams), as well as those coming over the border, were wholeheartedly and to a man on the side of the Nazi's. They relentlessly killed everyone, Jews, Greek, Slav, and even Orthodox and Catholic Albanians -- anyone not a Moslem Albanian.

There are many many histories of this, especially the direct first hand witnessing by US and UK military advisors working with the Greek anti-Facsist partisans.

I am not suprised out friend above from Albania (the "illirian') is denying this in the true spirit of the worst deniers of the Holocaust, the historicity within Albana and Kosovo on this (as pointed out in the text) is offically blacked out.

At 3:26 AM, Anonymous Shqiptari said...

This was a quite interesting article to read and I must confess that Carl Savich has done a great job at throwing out there an interesting hypothesis rearding the treament of the Albanian Jews in Albania. Albanians must have wholehartedly supported the Nazi policy of the extermination of the Jews. We have to believe me Savich, a slav no doubt, because he lived during WWII in Albania no less! I sincerely would like to take his word over that of my grandfather who not only fought against Nazis, but also sheltered an Albanian Jewish family of six, two Italian soldiers, and at the end of the was saved the life of a few Wermacht soldiers. It must be that the abhorable actions of the SS Skanderbeg Division against the Slavic population of Kosovo have to apply to the whole Albanian population. How bizarre, and propogandistic. Furthermore, I appreciate the great suffering of the Jewish nation during WWII, and even before that, but I cannot agree, nor will I stand silent when a whole nation is wrongly accused of genocide as is the case here. Mr. Savich has never been to Albania, nor does he understand that to Albanians religion is secondary to nationality. But what do I know! I guess my grandfathers had been lying to me all along. What's next, Albanians cucified Jesus? I invite you to answer, though I suspect some of you out there like minded as Mr. Savich, will probably agree with that notion also.

At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Beta said...

Mr. Xhafer Deva was a ballist (Albanian anti-comunist), and he just took advantage of nazis to create schools in Albanian language, and stop the serbian opression against Albanian people. Xhafer Deva was not against jews, he actually never handed any jew to Nazzis. He pretended that he doesn't know anything about jewish people in Albania... well...there is not any statistics that shows that even one jew was killed in Albania.. that tells everything, compare that with Serbia, there are many of them... and even nowdays you can notice an anti-semitic movements and anti-semitic grafitis in the middle of Belgrade. The article is full of propaganda, It was trying to put the religion as parameter among the Albanians. Religion was never an attribute of Albanians, that's why Albanians have many religions, and they changed them so often ...simply because religion is not in their blood.

At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow this looks interesting...

first of all savich is a serb, and serbs don't like albanian they will do anything to get them killed, and don't forget that during those time kosova was part of yoguslavia, so and they properly had no choice but to join the force, it was the same for most country (before there was less rights)

this is what the serbs did, so we took revenge back on them, infact serbs have been doing this for more then hundreds of years.

and whoever said muslim albanian kill orthodox and albanian and catolic i'm sorry but your getting confused with the turks, and u are greek, so it understandable why ur saying it. greeks are racist. don't u know u have the worst racism case in europe??

yes albanian can be racist too but it depends... if ur racist to us we will properly be raacist to u back. for example the serbs, who killed our people, the greeks are very from my experiance, and turks who killed our ansestor and yet they denay it.

At 1:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

xhaver deva n'a livré aucun juif aux allemands:il a repondu aux allemands qu'il ne collaborerait que si les allemands le laissait libre de gérer les affaires albanaises...selon ce que mon père m'a raconté,les juifs de kosove ont été ,grace a des certificats medicaux ,etablis entre autres par le dr spahija de prizren ,transférés en albanie ou ils ont pour la plupart eut la vie sauve.
les juifs de kosove qui habitaient à Mitrovica,situé en zone serbe à l'époque,eux ont été donnés aux allemands et déportésen allemagne selon mon père,et ce point serait à vérifier auprès des 100 survivants des camps allemands.

Croire la propagande serbe ,qui curieusement ici oublie de parler des serbian volunteer korps,de la shumadija korps,des camps de shabac,nish et autres en serbie,de l'exposition sur la serbie judenfrei dès 1941,de l'utilisation des camions à poux,première expérience de gazage des juifs,est curieux sur un site juif!c'estcomme si moi albanaise je me fiais à la propagande allemande pour condamner les juifs!
il y a tellement d'amalgame dans cet article de savich .
ce monsieur évite de dire que des membres de cette ss division se retrouvèrent héros communistes pour avoir tués des tcheknik(il y a encore des survivants de cette ss division en kosove qui vous le confirmeront et vous montreront leurs médailles communistes!)
de plus cette division,crée à la fin de l'été 44 a été dissoute en janvier 45 faute de combattants,et vu l'hiver en kosove et l'état des moyens de transport alors ,je doute qu'elle est été aussi active que la serbie l'affirme,mais il faudrait lire ici les archives allemandes ,ce que je n'ai pas fait.

At 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk to us about this ISRAEL.
And while you're at it , talk to us about PAKISTAN and BIRTHDAYS.
And after that, give us what you got on CHSTS & HYSTE and SESSECTE, with INKST and GERRIZZO.
Because IRENE and LENA and AMI and SUMMER and MP sure are.
How about you?

At 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 3:10 PM, Blogger Bardhi said...

Serbian paid propaganda at their best.
Serbianna is a Serbian state sponsored organisation that aimed to halt Kosovo from getting independent. The shown photo of Albanian Nazi has wrong names, first of all there are no Albanians named "Nazir" and certainly I never heard of last name "Hodic"- it sounds Bosnian, the same goes for Rudi (can be Albanian) but the last name "Sommemer" it is not Albanian or of any Nation in Balkans.
Now, the main question: Did Albanians in Kosovo had a German military unit- Yes, they did, it was called SS "Scanderbeg". But they had nothing to do with rounding Jews, for the simple reason that in Kosovo at that time only 200-300 Jews lived, many of them were actually saved by Albanians who took them to their homes. Some Albanians joined this unit to revenge Serbia for the atrocities they did to Albanians from 1870-to the day when they were pushed out by Italian fascists. FYI the most valued passport for Jews during the ww2 was the Albanian passport, even the great Alfred Einstein used it to flee to the US. To summarise the topic: calling Albanians anti-Jews is immoral and unfair especially by Jews who's numbers in Albania doubled during the WW2. I wrote this not for any political benefits but because I felt obliged to do so as Israeli soldiers did miracles in a refugee camp in Macedonia helping my people in need,after being deported by Serbia.


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