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Enver Hoxha
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World Leader
    (October 16, 1908-April 11, 1985)
    Born in Gjirokastër, Albania
    Studied at University of Montpellier (1930)
    Secretary at the Albanian Consulate General in Brussels (1934-1936)
    Founded Albanian Communist Party, later renamed Albanian Labor party since 1948 (1941)
    First Secretary of the Albanian Party of Labor (November 8, 1944–April 11, 1985)
    Premier of Albania (1946-1954)
    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania (1946-1953)
    Commander in Chief of the Albanian Army (1944-1954)
    Died in Tirana
    Corpse exhumed and reburied (1992)
    He was a communist.
    He persecuted Albanians who practice religion, particularly Muslims and Roman Catholics, by declaring Albania an officially atheist state.
    He forced Albanians to eat food their religion forbade them to eat, such as pork for Muslims, even during holy periods, such as Ramadan.
    He is highly xenophobic, even toward the Soviet Union.
    His economic policies turned Albania into the poorest country in Europe during the 1970's.
    As part of his state atheism policy, he renamed towns, cities, and even personal names with religious meanings.
    He outlawed Greek names.
    He persecuted landowners, clan leaders, religious figures, dissidents, peasants who denounced collectivization, and rebellious party members.
    He was a strong admirer of Josef Stalin.
    His naming policies extended up to the point that a book, 'Dictionary of People's Names,' which contained 3,000 approved, secular names, was published (1982).
    He kept Albania independent from the Soviet Union's control and influence.
    He built lots of bunkers in Albania in case of a possible invasion.
    He knew that association of religion with ethnicity could threaten Albania's unity, so he took steps combating it.
    His uncle, Hysen, fought for Albania's independence.
    He fought against Italian occupation of Albania during World War II.
    He was fired from his teaching job when he refused to join the Albanian Fascist Party (1939).
    He introduced industry to Albania.
    He brought electricity to rural areas of Albania.
    He eliminated epidemics and illiteracy in Albania.
    He opposed Mao's personality cult.
    He was the second longest-ruling Communist ruler in the world.
    He improved women's rights in Albania.
    His suffered from a heart attack (1973), diabetes (1980) and cerebral ischemia (1983).

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