"This is not only a problem of flowers or birds or plants," says Dzemal Mato."The environment can be a big cost economically. The government and people now realise that getting it wrong means they have to pay."
The league posthumously honored a Muslim Albanian man and his son for protecting six Jewish families during the war.
The organization presented its Courage to Care Award to three relatives of the late Mefail Bicaku and his son Njazi. The two led the six families - a total of 26 people - to safety in the mountains of central Albania.
For months, the Bicakus shared their home and food with the families, the league said.
The award was presented to Mefail's son Muhamet and Njazi's daughter, Elida Hazbiu, and son, Qemal Bicaku.
With Kohen translating, Muhamet Bicaku thanked the Anti-Defamation League said he was greatly honored to accept the award on his father's behalf. His father was jailed in 1961 for "collaborating with Jews'' and died in 1969, he said.
"I'm very proud of what he has done,'' he said.