Farewell Albania, I thought. You have given me so much, hospitality, refuge, friends, and adventures. Farewell Albanian, one day I will tell the world how brave, fearless, strong and faithful your sons are, how death and the devil can’t frighten them. If necessary I’ll tell how they protected a refugee and wouldn’t allow her to be harmed even if it mean losing their lives. The gates of your small country remained open, Albania. Your authorities closed both eyes, when necessary, to give poor persecuted people another chance to survive the most horrible of all wars. Albania, we survived the siege because of your humanity. We thank you.
— Escape through the Balkans: The Autobiography of Irene Grunbaum