Whether Geraldine Marget Virginia Olga Maria Apponyi de Nagy-Appony knew what she was getting into when she agreed to the quickly offered marriage proposal of the eccentric King Zog I of Albania  could be discussed ad infinitum.  When they married she did not speak Albanian, nor did she know much about the country… or her …

  • March 26, 2021
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When Enver Hoxha proclaimed The People’s Republic of Albania on 11 January 1946, no one was quite sure how the man had gotten himself into such a position. Hoxha was a communist, and he had fought as a Partisan during World War II.  By March 1943, the former French teacher had been formally elected First …

  • December 27, 2020
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In 1907 Kristaq Dishnica died in the United States state of Massachusetts and was buried.  His body was placed in the ground, but he was not allowed a religious funeral or a blessing of the gravesite, and the consequences of this act would set in motion events that would entirely change the future of Albania …

  • December 11, 2020
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