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Albanian Book Launch in NYC: Remembering ‘Genocide and Occupation 1800-1999


The Albanian-American community in New York came together on July 15th, 2023, to commemorate the launch of “Genocide of Serb-Montenegrins and the Occupation of Albanian Lands 1800-1999.” Authored by Rrustem R. Berisha from Kosovo, this three-volume work delves into the tumultuous historical events that have significantly shaped the Albanian identity. The launch event, organized by the esteemed Albanian-American Society “Skënderbej” Inc. under the guidance of Mr. Bashkim Shehu and Mr. Mark Qehaja, served as a poignant reminder of the struggles, sacrifices, and resilience of the Albanian people throughout history.

In the presence of notable supporters, including Mr. Qemal Zylo, an honorary member of the society, and Mr. Faton Zogiani, a former leader, the book launch fostered a sense of unity and pride within the Albanian diaspora. “Genocide of Serb-Montenegrins and the Occupation of Albanian Lands 1800-1999” stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of the Albanian people and the commitment of the community to uphold their history. By sharing this profound work, they hope to instill a sense of cultural awareness and appreciation, ensuring that their heritage continues to thrive for generations to come.

The event served as a powerful reminder of the importance of preserving and promoting cultural identity, fostering unity among Albanians, both in America and worldwide. As the book “Genocide of Serb-Montenegrins and the Occupation of Albanian Lands 1800-1999” finds its way into homes and hearts, it will continue to inspire the younger generation to embrace their roots and honor the sacrifices of their ancestors. Through their collective efforts, the Albanian-American community strives to keep their history alive, fostering a sense of pride and belonging that transcends borders and time.

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