Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Red Star Monument

In the middle of nowhere... a monument remembering the heroes of long long ago.


There are countless monuments of this type scattered all around Albania and they fascinate me to no end. I think I'm going to look for more.

9 comments:

Cairo Typ0 said...

I love old monuments like that. They're such a great look into the past.

ITS said...

According to the sign like these four guys went down from a Nazi firing squad. During the Nazi-German occupation of the Balkans it was ordered that for every German soldier killed by the partisans there had to be 100 local people murdered in retaliation.

It truly is fascinating how much blood has been shed over our land...

What's even more fascinating is that there are so many interpretations of the events of WWII.

For instance depending on who's telling the story these four guys (Rest in Peace) might have been gunned down by the Nazis, by the Communists, by the Nationalists, or even from a local unrelated blood feud...

traveler one said...

Truly fascinating stuff!

I am going to find more of these and share them here. Thanks ITS for your insight. BTW I miss you! When are you coming to Tirana??

Tinsie said...

How interesting! Good input from ITS too. I love finding out about things like this.

Tirana Transplant said...

Snap! We stopped at the small bar across the road from that monument to let one of our travellers lose their lunch after coming through twisty roads there near Ballsh. This type of monument strikes me as particularly Albanian as they tend to put their memorials in the exact spot where the death occured as opposed to Brits, French, or Germans who have a monument in the town that the people came from. Nice photo.

Ginnie said...

You could start collecting them, Kim, like I do windmills and gable stones and clock towers...?! :)

GMG said...

Hi Kim! Sorry for the absence, but I’ve been busy with my parents’ health; almost 180 years to care... ;)
Interesting post. Always amazing to learn the history of a country and the different interpretations facts may get...

Blogtrotter is showing the new Vilnius as well as the old University. Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

Annie said...

Thanks for sharing; I love the pictures.

GMG said...

Hi Kim! Where are you? We miss you... ;(
Enjoy, wherever you are; and see if Portugal wins that game tomorrow... ;))