Koçi Xoxe

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Koçi Xoxe (pronounced [ˈkɔtʃi ˈdzɔdzɛ]; 1917 – June 11, 1949) was the Defence and Interior Minister of Albania for some time under Enver Hoxha. According to different sources, he was an ethnic Macedonian[1] or ethnic Bulgarian[2] from Aegean Macedonia and was initially a tinsmith.[a]

Around 1937 he emerged among others, such as Enver Hoxha and Koco Tashko as prominent leaders of Albanian communism. He was a rival of Hoxha, and the Yugoslavs supported him.

He was purged for "pro-Yugoslav activities" after Josip Broz Tito broke relations with Hoxha's ally, Joseph Stalin. After a secret trial in May 1949, Xoxe was executed. He allegedly admitted that he was working for the British intelligence and that he was a conspirator with Tito. Xoxe was executed by a firing squad in June 1949.[3]

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a.   ^ Bulgarian speaking Slavic population in Albania is partly acclaimed as Bulgarian, and partly as Macedonian, though the latest tendency is to shift towards the "Macedonian" identity.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Balevski, Milčo (1987). Albanija po Enver Hodža (in macedonian). Skopje, Macedonia: Makedonska kniga. 
  2. ^ Мете, Серж. „История на албанците“ (Serge Métais, "Histoire des Albanais"), С., Рива, 2007, стр. 286
  3. ^ Berend, Ivan T. Central and easter europe 1944-1993 U.K. page 65.66
  4. ^ Mangalakova, Tanja, Bullgare apo maqedonas? Minoriteti ne Shqiperi [Bulgarian or Macedonian? Minority in Albania] (in Albanian), Revista Klan, retrieved 2013-09-25 

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