Besa Exhibition in the City of Lausanne
By: Kanarina Shehu February 11, 2015
“Besa” exhibition of photographs has been traveling in different cities of Switzerland in a yearlong odyssey of bringing light to the courage and sacrifice shown by Albanians towards saving Jewish population during World War II.
“Besa” Exhibition – Photographs of Norman H. Gershman
Opening: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Town Hall Forum in Lausanne
Visiting hours: Mondays to Friday from 12-18:00 pm, and Saturday’s from 10:00-18:00.
“BESA: THE PROMISE” film
Date/Time: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 8:00 p.m. (Bar: 19:30 Start: 20h)
“Events and evolution of Holocaust denial in Europe, Switzerland and the Balkan region” Conference
Date/Time: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 4:15 p.m. at
5021 Room (5th floor), Building Anthropole, University of Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne
In Albanian, Besa means “keeping the promise“. It’s a code of honor that is centrally anchored in the Albanian culture. Someone who acts according to the principle “Besa” is someone who keeps his word, which can be trusted with his own life and that of his family. Albanians, Muslims and Christians alike testify that “Besa” was their motivation to take a great personal risk to save the lives of Jews during the Second World War.
For more information on the “Besa” exhibition, you can check its official website.