When Germany lost World War I, the country was plunged into a huge debt crisis. In 1921, Adolf Hitler assumed control of the national Socialist party in Germany, which is more commonly known as the Nazi party. In 1933, Hitler becomes High Chancellor of Germany by President Paul von Hindenburg. Later in the same year, the Nazi party is declared the official party in all of Germany, and all the other political parties have been banned. In 1934, President von Hindenburg dies and Hitler takes control of Germany. He combines the role of Chancellor and President and becomes the Fuhrer of all of Germany. In 1938, Germany invades Austria. Later that year, Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) occurs on November 9th through November 10th, 1938. This was just one of the first anti-Semitic acts that would plague the European Jews in the next sev...
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...s to sneak the Jews through,” he said. Finally, Arif Alickaj was recognized in 2012 by the United States Senate for his role in helping the Rezniqi family and risking his life and job to help multitudes of Jews escape.
In short, Arif Alickaj was one of the many, many Albanian heroes of the Holocaust. Thanks to the besa code and his job, he was able to create fake identity papers and helped many Jews pass as Muslims. He was risking more than just his job while doing this-he was risking his life. After World War II ended, Arif Alickaj lived out a long life and he was dedicated to following the besa code, like so many other Albanian Muslims. Arif Alickaj could have lost everything he had, but he went ahead and risked it. Because of this and his willingness to help keep the Jews safe from the Nazis, Arif Alickaj truly deserves to be called a hero of the Holocaust.
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