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  • 37 Albanian Jews Arrive in New York to Reunite with Family After 25 Years

    Thirty-seven Jews from Albania arrived at Kennedy International Airport here Wednesday afternoon for a joyous reunion with relatives whom they had not seen in 25 years. The coordinated efforts of several American Jewish organizations were responsible. The new arrivals, members of an extended family, are among the first Jews to have left Albania, a Balkan… More ▸

  • Last 16 Jews Leaving Albania Arrive in Israel, Ending Exodus

    The last 16 Jews wanting to leave Albania arrived in Israel on Thursday afternoon, completing the exodus of the minuscule Jewish community from what was until just recently the most isolated country in Europe. An El Al flight from Rome brought the small party, ending a semi-clandestine operation that had been under way since December…. More ▸

  • Emigration of Jews from Albania Said to Be Successfully Completed

    The entire Jewish population of Albania, numbering some 300 families, has been successfully moved out of the country under a semi-secret exodus arranged by the Albanian and Israeli governments, according to reports Wednesday evening from Israel. Most of the families — an estimated 400 people — are already in Israel, but 37 Albanian Jews are… More ▸

  • Jews Allowed to Leave Albania in What May Become New Exodus

    Thirty-seven Jews from Albania, Eastern Europe’s last remaining Communist stronghold, arrived in Italy last week and are awaiting resettlement in the United States. The emigres, all members of one family, are among the first in what is expected to be a mass migration of the country’s tiny Jewish community, estimated to number anywhere between 500… More ▸

  • Albanian Chess Team to Play Israelis

    In a reversal apparently made under pressure from other competitors, the Albanian chess team has announced that it will play the Israeli team at the International championship tournament currently In progress In Skopje, Yugoslavia, it was reported here today. The game Is scheduled to be played next Friday after completion of all ether tournament matches,… More ▸

  • Albania Blasts Soviets for Allowing Moscow Jews to Mark Simchas Torah

    Albania, the pro-Peking Communist state in the Balkans, has sharply criticized Soviet authorities for permitting Moscow Jews to celebrate Simchat Torah in the street outside of the main synagogue there last October. According to the Albanian news agency “Bashkimi” the celebration was an example of “leniency toward the clergy” by the Soviet “revisionists.” The news… More ▸

  • Gestapo Chief, Eichmann’s Superior, Reported Residing in Albania

    The former Gestapo chief, Heinrich Mueller, is in Tiranna, Albania, working for that country’s secret police, it was reported here today in Der Stern, Germany’s largest illustrated magazine. In a well-documented article based on information from an unidentified western security service, the magazine charged that Mueller, long the subject of speculation, has been in Albania… More ▸

  • Albania; Several Shot for Attempting to Flee

    A number of Jews from Albania have escaped into ###eks, it was reported here. The refugees are said to have reached town of Kastoria, in northern Greece. Some Albanian Jews who to ### flee to Italy were allegedly shot. All Jewish property in Alhasia ### reports said. The reports stated that there were about 50… More ▸