ALBANIA: The Rocky Road

Thomas Karathanos was 25 years old when the Communists took over Albania, and his life has never been the same since. The Communists slowly tortured his father to death, because as a Greek and a small merchant he was considered "an enemy of the state." They put young Thomas in forced-labor camps for five years, and when he was released they put him in the army. When he was finally released last year, he returned to his village of Lazati to find that the schoolteacher had drowned himself and the storekeeper had slashed his wrists and killed himself when...

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