Need help with Albanian communist era prison pictures

in Albanian History, Travel & Leisure on October 12, 2013

Update: 29 October 2013

Adam was finally able to gather all the information needed, so thank you to all those who contributed.


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The other day someone contact me about a project that he was doing which required him to find old Albanian prison pictures from the communist era. As I do not have access (other than the internet) to such pictures, I offered to post about it here on my blog so that if, anyone has some info or better yet pictures, can help him.

I remember visiting the Gjirokastra castle and prison for the first time about ten years ago. The prison was not open to the public so my friend and I smuggled ourselves in to view what remained. There were still many aspects of the prison which had not changed despite the over ten years of its disuse.

I will gladly add those pictures on this blog as well.

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I’m currently doing a research project on Communist prisons located in the Balkans that were in operation during the Cold War era.

There’s two locations in particular that I’m struggling to get photos of (preferably showing the inside of them).

The first is of the “Big Jail in Korce”, I believe the Albanian translation is “Burgu i Madhi i Korce” and the second location is a stone castle located in Kruja which was converted to a prison and I believe the translation is “Kalaja e Krujes” (apologies if my translations are wrong).

If anyone has old photos of either of these two locations and would be able to email them to me, it would be very much appreciated as the only photo’s I’ve been able to access so far are the standard ones from Google images.

Feel free to private message or email me [email protected] me if you have any questions.



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