Dr. David Albala – born in 1886, a Serbian Sephardic Jew, a WW1 war hero who founded the Zionist Party in Yugoslavia. In 1915, he was sent to the USA to help with the Serbian war effort; and because of his efforts, Serbia was the first country to back the Balfour Declaration – establishing the independent state of Israel. After WW1, he was sent to Versailles to collaborate on the peace treaty, forming the new country of Yugoslavia. Through his fundraising efforts, two forests were planted in Israel dedicated to the late King Alexander and his father King Peter. Paul sent Albala to America in 1939, for another fundraising trip. He died there in 1942, some say of a broken heart, after hearing the terrible news of the destruction and extermination of the Serbian and Jewish people of Yugoslavia.
David Albala, a medical captain in the Serbian Army, was sent to the United States. The official diplomatic letter that accompanied Albala expressed sympathy for the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917, and stated that “there is no other nation in the world sympathizing with the plan more than Serbia.”
David Albala Serbian WWI hero, founding member of Yugoslavia, escaped to the USA and died “heart broken” at the news of that had happened to Yugoslavia.