Communism through Archival Documents: Repression in the Self-Isolation Period
Editors: Idrit Idrizi, Jonila Godole, Fatmiroshe Xhemalaj
Based on the recommendations from a series of workshops organized by IDMC with history educators from all over Albania in 2017, in collaboration with historian Idrit Idrizi (Austria) and history expert Fatmiroshe Xhemalaj, "Communism through Archival Documents" contains fragments of archival material and comments that educators can use in the future.
The content selected for this volume highlights only the repression under the dictatorship starting from the second half of the 1970s through the first half of the 1980s. During this period, Albania's self-isolating politics reached a high point that had started since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1961.
Through this publication, IDMC aims at sensitizing educators and students on the content of archival documents from the former communist bloc, for which the public opinion in general has little information. Professional publications that cover these subjects are hard to find and are missing from the school textbooks. Although they are published in the media on a regular basis, the approach to archival research can be problematic and documents can often be selected mainly for sensational impact.
Media Transformation and Collective Memory in Albania
Editors: Jonila Godole, Sonila Danaj
This book is a product of the First International Conference on Media and Memory "Covering the Communist Past – Media Transformation and Memory in Albania," held in Tirana on 9‒10 November 2015. Both the conference and the edited volume were conceived by the editors with the conviction that journalists and the media play a key role in the collective memory of a country through the way they report on different historical figures and events. Similarly to other communist countries, Albanian media and journalists during the dictatorship were part of the regime's propaganda apparatus. As one of the contributing authors, Peter Gross, puts it, their transformation in the early 1990s to independent and democratic media has not been easy. Twenty five years have passed since the fall of the Stalinist dictatorship in Albania, and it is time we examine the role Albanian media and journalists have played on the societal reflection on the country's past during this period.