Memorie.al publishes some documents issued by the Central State Archive (fund of the former Central Committee of the ALP), where there is a voluminous file with archival materials which bear the logo ‘Top secret’, which belong to the period of years 1981-1982, with reports, reports, evidence, information, minutes of the meetings of the Politburo and the secretariat of the Central Committee of the ALP, etc., starting from what was held to review and analyze the self-criticism of the former Prime Minister Mehmet Shehu in December 1981, because he had allowed the engagement of his son, Skënder, “with a girl who had some political fugitives in her family circle”, the marathon meeting of the Politburo on the afternoon of December 17 his year that continued until the late hours of that night, where that problem was discussed with the debates and discussions of all members who “crucified” former Prime Minister Shehu, the meeting of the morning of December 18, after the news that Prime Minister Mehme t Shehu had killed himself, the marathon meeting of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the ALP on September 20, 1982, with the topic: “Analysis of serious mistakes of Kadri Hazbiu, committed during the period when he was deputy minister and minister of Internal Affairs ”, where Enver Hoxha initially started accusing Kadri Hazbiu, luring him as a“ loyalist of the Party ”, (in order for him to“ open his heart to the Party ”, speaking against former Prime Minister Mehmet Shehu) , where at the beginning of his speech, Enver said: “After the coup in the army, we discovered the traitorous group in economics of Abdyl Këllez, Koço Theodhos and Kiço Ngjela with friends. We also discovered this group here; it was not discovered by the State Security. The same can be said about the discovery of the group of Fadil Paçrami, Todi Lubonja and a number of other people connected with them, such as Ismail Kadareja with friends, the Security did not reveal, but that hostile work was discovered by the Committee Central, etc. ”! All these and other documents with the logo ‘Top secret’, will be published in several issues in a row, exclusively by Memorie.al
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ALBANIAN LABOR PARTY
CENTRAL SECRETARY COMMITTEE
PROCESS – VERBAL
OF THE MEETING OF THE POLITICAL BUREAU OF THE CENTRAL AFFAIRS OF THE ALP DATES
17 E 18 DECEMBER 1981
Agenda: Analysis of the serious mistake made by the member of the Politburo, Mehmet Shehu, regarding the engagement of a boy with a girl with a very bad political composition.
This meeting is attended by all members of the Politburo, with the exception of Comrade Hekuran Isai, who did not come because his mother died last night.
COMRADE HAJREDIN ÇELIKU: Comrade Enver’s proposal to be presented by Comrade Mehmet, a written self-criticism, after the criticism he had made, as far as he had acted regarding the boy’s engagement, is a forced party norm, no more only for the leaders, but for all communists. This is also a great help that he gave to Comrade Mehmet, in order for him to be relieved of that great anxiety that has plagued him throughout this period.
The discussion we are having, aims, as Comrade Enver says, in addition to preserving the Party, which is the main thing, to raise the morale of the criticized to correct the great political mistake he has made. But as it turned out from the self-criticism, he neither here nor here could do it properly. However, I think that his action was not only accelerated, but also not deepened, and unbalanced from all sides, especially, in terms of applying the principle of class struggle and applying the norms of the Party, regarding criticism. and self-criticism, which for the experience he had as an old communist, and even more so as an experienced leader, he should never have done, because, as we saw, the mistake was political and as it turned out, he could not easily pass it if he had thought so, that he would throw such a thing at the Party.
My opinion is that, even if a girl had Skënder, it would be better for her to remain unmarried, than to marry people with such a circle, with a bad political attitude, both from her mother and from. This action, although it did not end in marriage, because here too the Party and Comrade Enver helped, yet again, as the comrades said, there were consequences. And the consequences were not only for Comrade Mehmet and his family, but above all, whether we like it or not, it damaged the Party a lot in terms of understanding and applying the principle of class warfare.
Why then did comrade Mehmet make such a mistake?! This rightly surprised us all. He tries to explain this in his self-criticism, analyzing the causes and circumstances that led him to this action, but he has not succeeded either in writing or here, even after the help given by all his other friends. .
I think that he has not yet reflected properly and enough, on what he has done and on the great damage he has done to the Party. Comrade Ramiz said it right and all the other comrades as well and in this regard make the right turn. We love comrade Mehmet and we are sorry that he made a mistake, not a simple one, but a serious one, a political mistake. But in the face of the high interests of the Party, we cannot remain silent, because this has probably made them think that as in the past, you would overcome this situation as well.
This self-criticism and criticism of the comrades that comrade Mehmet needed, not only to no longer allow the Party line to be damaged, but to get rid of an anxiety and closure in itself, which is harmful to the Party, especially when now that we have all this great work ahead, for the implementation of the historic tasks set by the 8th Party Congress, for their decomposition and the tasks set by Comrade Enver at the first meeting of the Politburo to further refine the method and style at work, as a basic link to carry out all tasks in the field of ideo-political, economic and defense.
In addition to the serious political mistake made by you, comrade Mehmet, regarding the boyfriend’s engagement, which is rightly criticized by everyone, try to draw valuable lessons for the critics to make in this case as well, in terms of the method and style of work, of a harsh character, not at all social towards friends, towards subordinates, to whom you must also harden your will to listen to the most prudent people.
If you are tired, it is better to keep in mind at least to adjust the competencies of the subordinates and further increase the trust in them. All our achievements are dedicated to the people, under the leadership of the Party and Comrade Enver. We, no matter how much we do, are part of all the great work that the Party does, without wanting to underestimate the role of the individual here, but not as it turns out here, for your “self” to come out on top of the great work it has done and is making the Party down together with the whole leadership of the Party, with Comrade Enver at the helm.
You say, that you would not make such an engagement for one of the other two boys! Why? Because you knew you were wrong. This is what the boy said, Fiqret also said it, Turdiu himself came to say it. Then why did you not stop this act? Did you not think that as with many other facts that came out here, even with other family members, you would not be held accountable? If you knew what you were going to do here today and what was going to happen, then you certainly would not have done it.
But why did you think so then? The friends said well, that for you the Party had a different discipline, from what the Party has for all its members, this probably nourished by the post and the merits you have, reaching the conclusions that you are infallible, immune, and you know it all. So there are no two disciplines in the Party, one for all communists and the other for leaders. We criticized a lot of bad actions of the coup plotters and from the analysis we did of their hostile work, we all learned lessons.
What is it that you did, that the boy followed the bride even in the sports matches that this would do outside? How is such a thing done? You did wrong to send your son back to Sweden to finish school or take an exam. You would do well to stop him and send him to the bosom of the working class, to wash away the mistake he made. Skënder’s engagement to Turdiu’s daughter, the meetings of the other boy’s bride with the Frenchman, show that you and your wife Fiqeret are not only sentimental, but also liberal. Go back to the decisions of the IV plenum and the analyzes that were done then, look at yourself once again in the light of these decisions.
Comrade Kadri said well, do not pretend that we do not know things, when we know them, and in fact do not wait for others to tell them. Make the big mistake of doing so. Injure your wife Fiqret and your son and everyone else, when you think that they are not to blame and responsible for these events, take everyone under your arm and all the fire for yourself. No, it does not, comrade Mehmet, because even with this action, you think that you will be able to pass their case more easily, taking all the blame for yourself.
However, in addition to the political mistake and the responsibility that comrade Mehmet has for this issue related to the engagement, the comrades of the “Dinamo” Club and the Ministry of Internal Affairs are also responsible, because they not only had to signal, but to intervene more energetically to stop at all costs the entry of Turdi’s daughter into the Bloc, and into the family of the Party’s leading comrades. Where is their vigilance here? The other comrades in the prime minister’s office did not really know anything about this engagement at first, because comrade Mehmet had not signaled to them or talked to them about these things, but when they found out, what did they do ?!
They did not talk, did not say a word. But why do they wait for Comrade Enver to say everything? Were they afraid of criticizing him? And as it turns out, there is a bitter truth here. How many times has Comrade Enver spoken about the problems of criticism and self-criticism as important norms of party life? He especially spoke of parallel criticism, especially to push it from the bottom up, so also towards officials and other comrades. In this regard, the courage of these comrades should have been greater.
From what was discussed here, lessons are learned by everyone, including me as a communist and cadre, both for the understanding and consistent application of the principle of class warfare, and for the understanding of the better application of norms such as self-criticism, criticism , listening to the voice of the masses, strengthening vigilance and democracy in the family, etc.
Since the employees below the base know this issue, Comrade Mehmet should make a self-criticism not only in the grassroots organization, but occasionally in a collective meeting, where he addresses these issues as much as it would be worth to them. This, I think, would facilitate Comrade Mehmet, and the masses would understand his self-criticism correctly, but real self-criticism and not like the one he presented to us here.
COMRADE BESNIK BEKTESHI: At the next meeting of the Politburo, you, Comrade Enver, told us that we are all waiting for the self-criticism of Comrade Mehmet, to get rid of the anxiety, if he also gets rid of himself. Here in the Politburo, I am the youngest, I am honestly saying from the communist, that every day I am worried and I have thought about this issue. You, Comrade Enver, in the last meeting taught us that in our Revolutionary Party, we should feel free, to express our thoughts openly, you taught us to work as a single body, but not with a family orientation.
I had definitely prepared my discussion in a sense, because I did not have relations and working relations with Comrade Mehmet, but I kept the balance all the time, therefore, I asked the question: what consequences will you bring to the Party, if was this marriage done? I do not intend to prolong things here, because the comrades said it very rightly and very clearly, but I want to say that, in my opinion, first of all, the unity of the Party from the base to the center would be violated, the unity that we have sacred.
I think that the party-people unity would be violated. Indeed, we have an excellent people, but in their judgment, no mistake escapes from anyone who becomes this, so we say: what the Party says, the people do, every people, the Party does. I think the class struggle would be weakened, so you will do a very harmful job for the Party in this regard. The enemy would have achieved an even greater victory, even if temporary, that he would not allow the Party further, as he has actually achieved on this occasion.
I think that the figure of Comrade Mehmet would have been attacked even more, at the same time all those flaws such as: the view you have of infallibility, the kidnapped character in decision-making, the micro-bourgeois sentimentality, etc., for which he himself makes self-criticism, they would receive artificial food, for the Party in turn would not give them.
But the Party has an iron discipline, based on mandatory norms to be followed by all. She does not allow anyone to harm them. If you got married right away, the Politburo meeting would take place, but it would be harder for all of us, the wound would be bigger, and with more consequences. I think that here lies the merit of the Party and Comrade Enver, who at the moment, saved not only Comrade Mehmet and his family, but also the unity and discipline of the Party. Therefore, you, comrade Mehmet, not only had to reject Skënder propoz’s proposal, but also to make an analysis of the issue immediately, to find out the reasons why this proposal was made and to draw the necessary conclusions from it.
I think that Comrade Mehmet should draw very deep conclusions from this meeting and from this help that the Party is giving. Even for me, personally, this meeting is a great school, a great lesson that I will always have in mind in life, at work and in my family. I completely agree with the measure proposed by Comrade Simon and with which all other comrades agree.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: I propose that we continue the meeting tomorrow, because I want to speak as well. On this occasion, I just want to make it clear to Mehmet that in this meeting, all the comrades, with open hearts, as communists and as leaders in this high forum of the Party, pointed out your great political mistake- ideological and also reflected on where this error came from. Everything the comrades said did for the good of the Party and yours, that you have served and will continue to serve the Party and the people, and I am convinced that you will continue to serve them even better, as you have served them, in case you make these mistakes, also understand where they came from. So, it’s important to realize from the flow of these mistakes, that he was made.
In the first place you must reflect and be convinced of the fairness of the criticisms of the comrades, which have been soundly grounded and made within the fairest Marxist-Leninist revolutionary norms, and in order to rectify this wrong, to correct you, to correct the work from now on. Therefore, this is how you should take it. These criticisms, in such a form, you have never seen, but I who have a long experience in the party, can say that this meeting has been at a much higher height than the other meetings we have held. , for some other errors.
This shows for me and for all of us, the high Marxist-Leninist level of comrades, their sound judgments, their near and far perspectives and their sense of responsibility, to keep the Party line clean, to save you too, comrade Mehmet, because we do not want to throw you, we just want you to make a turn.
My opinion is that what you will tell us tomorrow and I am convinced that you will speak here tomorrow, because to have a friend and to know you, and that all that has been said, has impressed you, must be based. Do not take things lightly, no, this criticism was a bit exaggerated, the other one is not complete, but it takes their essence, their essence and we are interested in that, because this creates the conviction that we will correct you and in this regard, we will to give him help, too, with communist sincerity and love.
It is important to understand us, to understand us as leaders, to understand us as communists, within the principles of the Party, not in a sentimental way, as you mention, or “socially”.
Therefore, in order to reach a right conclusion, tonight and you all night, you will not fall asleep, because these worries, if not of this nature, but also of other natures, disturb sleep for all of us, especially this situation for you, that is heavy. Therefore, you should not aggravate the situation. We, too, will try again tomorrow, in the interest of the Party and in your interest, so that this situation does not worsen.
I advise you to drop that alibi self-criticism you have presented to us, i.e., to justify the political mistake you have made. This alibi, before the strong Marxist-Leninist logic, fell. So what is the right path to take? The right path is what the comrades said. So, if you reject that alibi, with all the contours, then in a very short time, you will judge things right and you will be calm.
These, as your friends point out, are not only lessons for you, but for all of us, because I think that none of us, in itself, does not have a bit of micro-bourgeois spirit. This reality is the reflection of the society in which we have lived, of the classes we come from, that somewhere appears more and somewhere less. Therefore, as a communist, as a revolutionary, we must always be vigilant to analyze in ourselves the action we are taking and see if there is in this action that is micro-bourgeois?
If we go by the principle that: it is not that we are seasoned communists, that nothing touches us, then, they will thicken, they will become big. Every step of ours, let us see for ourselves with this mirror, but when our friends help us, then the work becomes easier for us. In this sense, the discussions of the comrades, here have been a great help for you, in the first place, but also for all of us, especially for the Party, that the comrades judged it right, but you must also judge it, that the situation was heavy. It was difficult, not only because the engagement took place, but as the friends explained, it was a very serious situation, even in the direction of state affairs, in that form, and with that flaw of your character, that should not be underestimated that are the main ones.
I can say that every evil has its good. Now, this evil was done and it is good that it was opened and you opened it, you are the one who opened this wound, but you must understand, that not that you are the enemy of the Party, in no way, no one thinks this, only that I made this mistake.
Yes, you did it at the same time, a good one for the Party, you did a service, why all these criticisms that we are doing, we have done before, but you have not corrected, now I have the conviction and I will say when I speak, that this current situation will shake Mehmet, more to bring him on the right path, only if he understands the mistake correctly. Therefore, it seems to me, if you reflect tonight, you Mehmet, I will speak first tomorrow, and then you can also speak.
COMRADE MEHMET SHEHU: Agreed.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Then we close this session and continue tomorrow at 10. Memorie.al
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