Memorie.al publishes an unknown document extracted from the archive fund of the former Central Committee of the ALP dated April 20, 1960, where the Albanian mission to the UN informs the director of the Directorate for Foreign Relations at the office of the Central Committee of the ALP, Piro Bita, regarding an activity held in the Church of St. George in Boston, where according to Dhimtri Trebicka, Fan Noli gave a speech and, among other things, spoke about the misery of the Church in the country. behind the iron curtain (where Albania was also located), and stood at a table “with the criminal” Baba Rexhepi, at a dinner of the Patriotic Society “Vatra”.
“According to Dhimitri Trebicka, Fan Noli’s speech was not well received by Albanians, who in general have different opinions about him, some think that Fan Noli sympathizes with our government and his works, while the rest, considers him the main culprit for the hostile path of the “Hearth”. An extremist group, led by Asllan Dragotin, portrays Fan Noli as “the enemy” and the “divider of the Albanians of America.” This is stated, among other things, in a report-information dated April 20, 1960, drafted by the Director of the Foreign Directorate in the Central Committee of the ALP, Pirro Bita, who presented it to Enver Hoxha, as well as four members of the Politburo and at the same time secretaries of the Central Committee (Hysni Kapos, Rita Markos, Haki Toska and Ramiz Alia), who also constituted the highest leader of the Albanian leadership of that time. The information in question was compiled based on a report sent to Tirana by the Albanian mission to the United Nations based in New York, which talks about an activity carried out by Bishop Fan Noli in the Church of St. George. in Boston, as well as with his political views and attitudes towards the Albanian government and its leadership. In parentheses of this information contained in the document in question, we recall that, throughout its existence, from the distant year 1945 to 1990, the communist regime of Enver Hoxha and his successor Ramiz Alia, kept under control permanent also all creators, writers and artists and all people of Albanian letters. This, not only to those creators who lived and worked in Albania but also to those intellectuals and people of Albanian literature who were abroad in emigration, fleeing or remaining there since the war, who were considered and labeled as “Reactionaries and enemies of the people.” Such as: Ernest Koliqi, Martin Camaj, Arshi Pipa, Kostë Çekrezi, Namik Resuli, Mahmut Cungu, Xhelal Staravecka, Isa Ndreu, Lec Shllaku, Lin Delia, Gjelosh Gjoka, etc., against whom official Tirana was constantly “smart” “. It seems that Bishop Fan Noli did not escape this rule either, against whom, according to documents made public after 1990, the communist regime of Tirana had opened the processing file since 1945.
In this context, it seems that this is the information report published in this article by Memorie. al, where the Albanian mission to the UN, seems to have observed and intercepted every move and word of his. Even analyzing them in detail, according to the announcement that is said to have been taken by Dhimitër Trebicka, a close friend and collaborator of Noli, Antoni Athana, and then of Father Artur Lioli, and other exponents of the Albanian diaspora in the United States. , which official Tirana considered and treated as patriots. According to what has been learned from Mr. Dhimitër Trebicka, it is reported that: “Noli stayed at dinner with the criminal Baba Rexhepi”, or that in his speech at the Boston Church, among other things, Noli spoke about the “Iron Curtain” and “the misery of the Church too we “. A used vocabulary, or the same attitude as those of the main leaders of the Albanian anti-communist diaspora, such as Hasan Dosti, Abaz Kupi, Rexhep Mitrovica, etc., who were operating in the United States or other countries in the West at the time. The importance that Noli presented for official Tirana is best shown by this secret document, which was printed in five copies (a rare working practice, not to say unique), where in addition to Enver Hoxha, it was also given to the respective secretaries. of the Central Committee of the ALP in those years, Hysni Kapos, Haki Toska, Rita Marko and Ramiz Alia. Which shows that that document was also the subject of a meeting of the secretariat of the Central Committee. As can be seen from the content of this document, but also from the position taken by the communist regime of Tirana for Noli throughout his existence, it seems that more than his political position, he has taken care of how to present and use the figure of his before the Albanian public opinion. So, to make it more and more like a “historical museum” figure, opposing the figure of King Zog, although in 1943, Noli wrote to the British government, informing them that: “Only King Zog it can be brought and put at the head of an Albanian government to organize the fight against the occupiers until the liberation of the country…. ” (The letter in question is in the Central State Archive in Tirana). This is clear not only from what has been written about Noli from 1945 to 1990 but also from the fact that official Tirana has kept secret and “Top Secret” documents of this kind for Noli, by he forgave some “sins” to the “Red Bishop”. Applying point by point the Bolshevik methods of Stalin’s official Moscow period, who hid from Gorky what he had written in a newspaper before the triumph of the October Revolution over Lenin. Which, after being blacked out for his activity, he describes, among other things, physically: “a bald head, on a bent and curved body, with an ugly belly.” Things that the official Kremlin never mentioned, and it is even said that it was erased from the collections of newspapers in Russian libraries. A more or less the same story with Noli, as surprisingly, even after the 1990s, Noli’s official historiography and biographers have never made public the existence of such documents, even though they have been declassified by the Archive. Central State in Tirana. We are publishing the full document in question.
Letter from the Albanian mission to the UN for the Central Committee
CENTRAL COMMITTEE of the ALP Top Secret
Foreign Office 20.IV.1960
ON A SPEECH OF FAN NOLI
(Extracted from the report of our Mission to O.K.B.)
Our mission to the O.K.B. was announced by Dhimitri Trebicka, on a speech given by fan Noli at St. George’s Church, in Boston, on the occasion of April Fool’s Day.
In his speech in Albanian and English, Fan Noli said: “The condition of the churches in the places behind the iron curtain is miserable”, mentioning 4-5 times the word “iron curtain”.
According to Dhimitri Trebicka, Fan Noli’s speech was not well received by Albanians, who in general have different opinions about him, some think that Fan Noli sympathizes with our government and his actions, while others consider it him as the main person responsible for the hostile path of “Vatra”.
A group of extremists, led by Asllan Dragotin, portray Fan Noli as an “enemy” and a divisive Albanian in America. This group has been advised by our Mission to the O.K.B. to be measured.
The Mission’s view is that Fan Noli’s position is unclear. On the one hand, Fan Noli expresses himself in a friendly way in the meetings with our friends, on the other hand, he sits at a table with the criminal, Dervish Rexhepi, at a dinner of “Vatra”. In addition to the above, the Mission has no record of any open hostile attitude of Fan Noli towards us.
THE RIGHT TO OTHER DIRECTORY
The information was disseminated
Enver, Hysni, Haki, Rita, Ramiz
Copy of protocol