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It is also a city that changes. Let me take you into 1995. After the nineties the change was reflected in the small trade shops with big brand names. Coca cola, Turkish furniture, gas stations, construction sites, travel agencies and a mayhem of trinket shops moved in and they were not there before. Big boys working for the city hall sitting around the table with coffee and in the dispersing fumes of their cigarettes they express the differences they notice in their city. Camel, Sony, Bar Rex, Dajti Hotel, jewellery shops and dancing discotheques add to the complexity of the city life.
The thought develops from the interpretation of our senses. One feels, listens and smells and as a result thinks. I will walk with you back into 1944 where the only thought traveling in the mind of Tirana was that of liberation from the fascists. The liberation fighters, also known as Partisans were determined to act politically, but also use the army to capture ammunition and automobiles heeding thus the German forces against their efforts of burning and robbing the city. In this attack the partisans and their leaders earned trust and experience. The action to protect and liberate Tirana was a combined effort from the fighting brigades. Manuscripts tell the stories written in ink.
Brigade VII and X are active and moving under the leadership of Asaf Dragoti and Dazim Kondi direction Peza. The two brigades will be approaching Division I. Brigade II and XX are active and moving direction Elbasan-Librazhd to stop the enemy in its tracks and exert pressure over Elbasan. Brigade XIII and XI are active and moving direction Peqin-Kavaje to protect the roads in this region and if needed to help the forces operating in Tirana.
In 1944 Tirana was surrounded by guardian angels who wore their weapons in their pale green uniforms. The war for the liberation of Tirana lasted 19 days and fell under one spell: “All in harmony with no division in idea, religion or region! Veterans of the liberation war were interviewed in 1984 and their memories brought to fore, among them my dear grandmother, Meliha. Xhemal Vozga a veteran tells that he was member of a group that its duty was to protect the Radio Station, the electrical central and the publishing home. Tase Dhami was gathered with his friends around a German building and standing in the outside equipped with hand bombs, weapons and guns they climbed the wired fence and so attacked the Germans inside. They yelled: “Partizan, para Partizan!” The houses of the city became castles where the partisans were shielded and sheltered. On 8th of November my grandmother tells how she was assigned a caregiver role. At the time she was pregnant and received my uncle at 2 am. She reminisces how the house was full of partisans and family. They called the new born Lirim which stands for freedom. The birth was celebrated with dance and song and the official day of liberty wasn’t far away.
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