Published March 26, 2013
TIRANA, Albania – A memorial containing a 2.6-ton piece of the Berlin Wall has been unveiled in Albania to honor former political prisoners who suffered under the late dictator Enver Hoxha's Communist regime.
The memorial was unveiled Tuesday at a residential area in the capital Tirana, known as the 'Bllok,' where senior members of the Hoxha regime once lived. The Berlin Wall fragment was placed next to a concrete bunker and concrete supports taken from a notorious mine where prisoners were once forced to work.
Some 100,000 Albanians were imprisoned, sent to internment camps or executed during Hoxha's repressive regime, which lasted from 1944 until December 1990.
But many former political prisoners remain dissatisfied with unfulfilled pledges of compensation and reintegration into Albanian society.