This Day in Jewish History Jewish Albanians Gain a Foothold

The 1937 move showed a tolerance in the European nation that would, a few years later, end up saving the lives of hundreds of Jews.

April 2, 1937, is the date that the government of Albania granted official recognition to the country’s Jewish community. The act of recognition was not in and of itself greatly significant, considering that the country’s constitution had already, in 1928, been amended to guarantee all citizens religious freedom, and that the state had no official religion. But it was indicative of a tolerance that had a more...