December 1st, 2014
On the occasion of the 102nd anniversary of the Albanian independence and the 70th anniversary of the Liberation an Open Forum was organized at Epoka University. Guest of honor was the well known historian Prof. Dr. Valentina Duka.
In her discussion Dr. Duka related about the dynamics of the Albanian national renaissance followed by the act of independence, the journey undertaken by Ismail Qemali from Istanbul to Bucharest, Budapest and the support that he received from Austro-Hungary. Interesting facts followed about the government of Vlora, and the extent of its authority. According to the Prof. Dr. Duka, at that time Ismail Qemali was neither supported by the big powerful nations nor by the Albanian politics. This drove to his resignation after the International Control Commission arrival in Albania.
In regards to the liberation day historian Duka pointed out that worldwide the date of the liberation of its capital counts as liberation day for that country. Therefore for Albania that would be the 17th of November. Nevertheless the date is symbolic; therefore it has been subject to political decision. Given that more than 30 years Albanians were celebrating the 28th of November as the independence day, it was a bit hard to accept this date as liberation day as undermining the value of the national liberation war. For this reason the communist leadership decided to delay the liberation celebration by one day. The communist leadership decided that the liberation day was to be November 29th in order to give the day a special importance. This date is still celebrating despite political interventions.
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