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During communist rule in Albania, Enver Hoxha had 750,000 concrete bunkers built around the country as look out posts and gun emplacements against a largely imaginary threat of invasion. This worked out as one bunker for every four of the population. During the same period, he attempted to completely eliminate all religious practice and belief in the country. Based on thorough research and personal interviews with survivors, “God Among the Bunkers” describes this persecution and the remarkable stories of courage and resistance among believers. The main emphasis is on the Orthodox Church, but the book also draws examples from the Roman Catholic Church and the Bektashi and Sunni Muslim faiths. An extraordinary story that deserves to be more widely known.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Map of Albania
Introduction
1. "The Religion of Albania is Albanianism"
Historical Background
Relaxed and Tolerant Attitude to Religion
The Seeds Are Sown
Communist Rule
2. "Stalinism on Steroids" 1945-67
Enver Hoxha
The System
Propaganda
The Secret Police
Cultural and Political Persecution
Hoxha's Views on Religion
Early Attacks
Land Reform and Effect on Religious Property
1946 Constitution
Religious Restrictions
The Roman Catholic Church
Muslims
The Orthodox Church
Persecution, What Persecution?
3. "An Atheist State" 1967-84
Hoxha's 1967 Speech
The 1976 Constitution
Destruction of Churches
Treatment of Clergy
Bans on Religious Practice
School Propaganda
Intimidation
Reactions
4. "Enemies of the People"
One Giant Prison
The Penal Code
Imprisonment During Investigation
Trial
Prisons and Labour Camps
Executions
Revolts
Internal Exile
Ways of Coping
5. "People of Hope"
Resistance
The Secret Church
"The Archdiocese of Korce"
Fr. Kosmas Qirjo
From Bektashi to Bishop
Vasilika Jakova
6. "Recalled to Life"
The Beginning of the End
First Services and Ordinations
Resurrection and Forgiveness
The Failure of Atheism?
Appendices
A. Distribution of Religious Groups in Albania
B. Statistics of Terror
C. A Chamber of Horrors
D. Communist Party Articles
Bibliography
Thanks
About the Author
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OL33090505M
ISBN 13
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