By Linda Karadaku


Former political prisoners say that Albania has not yet come to terms with its communist past

Albanian political prisoners recall the past in terms of unsettled issues, having received no apologies either from their tormentors or the state, while many are still unable to find graves of loved ones executed by the regime.

One former political prisoner, Agim Musta, wrote 14 books during the communist regime documenting the crimes of Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha.

Merkur Babameto also survived communist prisons and concentration camps. He was the son of a prefect before WWII and a second cousin of the dictator Enver Hoxha. His connections did not help him avoid prison and torture.

The communists executed Lili Ndoci's father, who participated in the anti-communist uprising of Postriba, in Northern Albania. Her mother, three months pregnant, was immediately sent to concentration camps in the remote mountains. While giving birth to Ndoci, she died. Ndoci and her sister were raised by her grandmother


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