The Zogist salute is a military salute of Albania since used by civilians in other countries. The salute is a gesture whereby the right hand is placed over the heart, with the palm facing downwards.
The salute is still popular amongst modern supporters of Zogu and Albanian monarchists in general. Under the post-war communist government of Enver Hoxha, the Zogist salute was used by dissidents as an anti-regime statement.
Similar salutes, with unrelated histories, are used in India and Mexico.
Leo Freundlich, when confronted by the Nazi greeting "Heil Hitler", would sarcastically respond with a "Heil Zogu" salute. The confusion which this created amongst German diplomats, who believed it to be a standard Albanian greeting, greatly amused him.
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