Rare Photos / Unknown Legendary History Aleksander Kondo

Dritan Xhemalaj

A project designed by the OSCE office in Tirana, in cooperation with Albanian Public Radio and Television, will bring to the viewers in the following days and months, a long cycle of television documentaries, the production of which has started in in September this year.

The project, supported by the OSCE and announced for application in July, is titled "Facing the Past" and is carried out under the direct care of the Director General of Albanian Public Radio Television, Thoma Gëlltis.

The winners of this application where a small number of journalists, screenwriters, directors, producers etc. are competing are the two renowned journalists, Dashnor Kaloçi and Monika Shoshori Stafa, who for years, both in print and visual media, focus of their work have had various writings, shows and documentaries, mainly belonging to the period of communist regime of Enver Hoxha and the clearing of the crimes of that regime.

According to the ideators and organizers of this project, this cycle of documentaries has as its main goal "Shaping Collective Memory" and tends to shed light and illuminate some of the unknown or most sensational events occurring during the 45-year period of the regime Communist Enver Hoxha in Albania, sensitizing our society to what went on for nearly 45 years under that dictatorial system.

The topics of this cycle of documentaries are inspired and supported, both in stories and events with over-familiar characters, such as close associates of the communist dictator of Albania, Enver Hoxha, whom he physically eliminated, and also in very simple and completely unknown people, on whom were accused and unjust, accusations and facts, and clean as usual, as was the case in dictatorial countries and totalitarian societies.

That is, the project in question is made so that the younger generation, who has not lived that time, but also a large part of the Albanian society that has not had the opportunity, or rather it was impossible to is familiar with several events or phenomena that overwhelmed almost all of the period of communist rule in Albania, to be acquainted with those events, as according to a survey conducted several months ago by the Konrad Adenhauer Foundation and the OSCE office in Tirana, the generation of there was little or no knowledge about the communist regime before the 90s.

According to Dashnor Kaloçi and Monika Shoshori Stafa, the two co-authors who together with their staff are implementing this project, from this cycle of documentaries, the first to start broadcasting from Albanian Public Radio Television, is titled, "Alexander Kondo, the sad fate of a dream, "which was aired yesterday evening at 20:30 on the RTSH channel 1. This is a documentary about the life and career of the talented ex-athlete and legend of Albanian weightlifting in the 80s , Alexander Kondo, who used the European Weightlifting Championships in Poland in 1985, and when he returned with the team, he fled to the former Yugoslavia and then to the United States where he lost his life two years later in circumstances still unclear. Regarding this, Kaloçi says:

"We have tried and reconstructed chronologically, almost the main moments of life, the sports career and the tragic event that lost the life of Alexander Kondo, as well as the persecution suffered by the entire Kondo family after his escape. All of these are built on the basis of testimonies of some of the team's teammates and coaches, for example. Asim Belinova, Elez Gjoza, Agron Haxhiyseni, Gudar Beqiraj, Ferit Berberi, Ajet Toska etc., to the people of his family (Vangjeli and Valentina's sister, Valentina), and other people who knew Alexandria and their family, both in Tirana and during the period of internment in Martanesh.

All of these with their interviews, bring new and unknown facts and evidence to Kondon, until his escape to Titograd. One of the most interesting testimonies in this documentary is that of Nderim Kup, a former political immigrant in the US since the 1950s when he fled from Albania, who was the first person Alexander Kondo had communicated on the phone with since Yugoslavia, during the days he expected the status of a political asylum. Mr. Kupi, who for almost 25 years served in the US at the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (for Southeast Europe) 3 also testifies for the failed attempt to kidnap Kondos in Yugoslavia through two brothers Kosovars who were sent specially with secret missions from the Albanian State Security.

Likewise Mr. Kupi also tells of his friendship with Kondon in the US, where he helped stabilize with housing and work, to the fatal accident event where he lost his life in unclear circumstances, about which light is spoken and blown this documentary ". According to the two co-authors of the project in question, Kaloçi and Stafa, after this documentary, will continue broadcasting with other documentaries like p. Sh.A. "Shilla of Freedom" (dedicated to former colonel and deputy Haxhi Hajdar Mani, who by order of Mehmet Shehu, was executed by artillery in March 1963 in the Cave of Rrjoll where he was stuck), "Shpëtim Gina, mysteries of an encrypted escape "(dedicated to the playwright, screenwriter, librettist and writer Shpëtim Gina, who drowned in the Drown River near Mamurras in 1974, in still unclear circumstances)," The Riots of a Rude Time "(devoted to the so-called "Hostile Group in Economy" with Avdyl Clay, Koco Theodhos, Kiço Ngjelas, Vasil Katin, etc., where two deputy prime ministers were shot and two of their collaborators, "Baldushku's Light Throws" (dedicated to the so-called " Baldushk's hostile group "in 1977, where two people were shot and one died in torture", "Three Days of Freedom", (Devoted to Spaç's Revolt in 1973, where four ), "Elez Isufi and the tragic fate of the Ndreu family" (dedicated to the family Ndreu from Sllova of Dibra, which was massacred by the communist regime of Enver Hoxha).

Likewise, from this implementation staff, there are some other documentaries that are produced or are in process, where besides the footage, the evidence, the facts, the interviews and the data in front of the cameras, all are also supported on archival documents.

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