Enver Hoxha was the Albanian communist dictator who ruled the country from 1944 until his death in 1985. During the 41 years, most of his opponents would lose their lives and countless more would spend their lives in the country’s 39 prisons and 70 labor camps. In the wake of of the dissolution of the Iron Curtain, the Albanian Communist government fell in 1992. Hoxha was one of the European leaders who has been in power the longest. He was also one of the few dictators who has not been deposed and severely punished for the suffering he inflicted on his people. Hoxha’s wife, Nexhmije, died in Albania in the spring of 2020, at the age of 99.
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