This document was first published in „Albania Today“- 1986

and in February, 2010, re- published in co-production of and





(FOTO ÇAMI alternate member of the Political Bureau and Secretary of the Central Committee of the PLA)

Comrade Enver Hoxha's role and contribution transcend the bounds of our small country, and when we take just pride in the glorious battles of the Party and the Albanian people against imperialism and revisionism, we include Comrade Enver Hoxha's engagement in this struggle and his leadership of it. The true revolutionaries and democrats, the progressive and Marxist-Leninist forces, the freedom-loving peoples had in him their sure supporter and consistent defender. The respect and high evaluation of the revolutionary and progressive world towards him was the natural reward for his merits and major contributions.


Innumerable are the great tests the Albanian people have gone through in the storms of their thousand-years history. From these tests they have emerged ever stronger through the vitality and steadfastness that characterize them. The Party and the people coped with the loss of their beloved leader a year ago with unexampled strength, with rare maturity and courage, thereby displaying their high political and ideological preparedness, their steel unity and their unanimous determination to forge always ahead on the road of Enver Hoxha, on the road of Marxism-Leninism and the construction of socialism.

The grief for the loss of Comrade Enver Hoxha was great indeed, but the strength that emerged from this grief was greater still. Their determination to turn their grief into strength, precisely as Comrade Enver Hoxha himself has taught them, not only kept high the hearts of the communists and the entire people, but was also turned into a powerful revolutionary movement, unexampled mobilization and drive at work in unity of purpose and spirit of initiative throughout the country. History provides few instances in which the respect and veneration for a leader are turned into a vivid material force which unites and directs the efforts and energies of a whole people to raise their work higher and carry it further ahead.

The great revolutionary movement «Banner-bearers for the implementation of the teachings of Comrade Enver Hoxha», in which all the masses of the working people of our country are involved, expresses the great revolutionary potential of the Albanian people, who embody their highest respect and veneration for the ideas and teachings of Comrade Enver Hoxha in their practical implementation. This was the only correct road our people chose to honour and continue the ideas and Work of Comrade Enver Hoxha.

Comrade Enver Hoxha is among those great historical figures of which, no matter how great the respect paid to and the assessment made of them, there is still much more left to be said. He earned the special respect and the high evaluation of the Party and people through his unique contribution which gives him pride of place in the Albanian pantheon of glory.

He symbolized the age-old dreams and aspirations of the Albanian people for freedom and independence, for knowledge and culture, for national dignity and emancipation, and he knew better than anybody else how to awaken, organize and mobilize the inexhaustible forces of the people for the practical realization of these dreams and aspirations. Socialist Albania is proud of her great son who gave her a place of honour among the civilized nations of the world, who set her on the correct and happy road of socialism, who ensured her a respected name and high authority.

Comrade Enver Hoxha is one of those giants of the revolutionary thought and action, which have earned the rare privilege of becoming synonymous with their people and nation. With his colossal activity at the head of the Party and the people for about 50 years he has become synonymous with the Albanian people and the new Albania. The portrait of today's Albania is his portrait and he left the Homeland as he wanted it to be. «Our generation, today's generations», Comrade Ramiz Alia has said, «are happy that they had the honour to be contemporaries and cofighters, everyone on his own front, of this legendary hero and immortal teacher. But our people and the coming generations enjoy another honour which is just as great, the honour of fighters who will carry the work of Comrade Enver further ahead, fully implementing the sacred vow the Party and the people have made to keep Albania always red, to guard the unity as the apple of the eye, to march always ahead and only ahead on the road of communism.»

The Party cannot be imagined without the contribution, work and teachings of Comrade Enver Hoxha. Its creation has been one of his monumental deeds. It took something more than revolutionary courage and gift of organization to create the Communist Party of Albania in those difficult circumstances in which our country found itself, occupied by the fascists, with unexampled poverty and backwardness and without a developed working class. First of all, it took farsightedness, clarity of purpose and a keen perception of the call and demands of the historical moment in order to lay down the ways for the solution of the problems and map out all of them in a major militant and revolutionary program based on the Marxist-Leninist theory. Only Enver Hoxha could do and did this at that time.

He not only gave the people the Party, the fighting staff that would lead it in the struggle and revolution, but right from the beginning built and forged a revolutionary party of the new type which embodied the finest virtues of the Albanian people and enriched them with the new virtues of the revolution and Marxism-Leninism. Because it was such a Party, it masterfully led to victory the struggle of the Albanian people against dhe occupiers and the local traitors; because it was a truly Marxist-Leninist party with a clear and consistent revolutionary line, it implemented the program of the socialist transformation of the country and coped with and smashed the plots and intrigues of the internal and external enemies.

The Party of Labour of Albania is the deed of Enver Hoxha and the Albanian communists, just as the glorious National Liberation War and the Liberation of the country is the deed of the Albanian people led by the Party, just as the whole epoch of the socialist construction is the deed of the toil, efforts and self-reliance, of the physical and mental energies of the Albanian people. Enver Hoxha, the greatest patriot of all times, taught the people to have unshakeable confidence in their own forces, and, with this confidence, led them in all the battles and to all the victories.

It was a great fortune for our Antifascist National Liberation War to have the leader of the Party, Comrade Enver Hoxha, as its strategist and General Commander. The unity of the people which he realized through the creation of the National Liberation Front and the brilliant and correct military organization he gave it through the creation of the National Liberation Army were the reliable pillars on which our struggle was based and the decisive factors of its triumph. As an outstanding Marxist-Leninist leader, with great ability and rare foresight, he knew how to combine and merge the struggle for national liberation with the struggle for social liberation, masterfully utilizing the existing situation and the ratio of classes in the Albania of that time, It is his great historic merit that November 1944 marked not only the eviction of the nazi-fascist occupiers, but also the establishment of the people's state power and the embarking of Albania on the road of socialism. Com­rade Enver Hoxha never allowed the Party to share power with the political parties and organizations of the ruling and exploiting classes during and after the war, he never allowed the Anglo-American imperialist powers to sabotage and divert the struggle of the Albanian people, as they succeeded in doing in some other countries.

Comrade Enver Hoxha was a man of the future and this constitutes one of the outstanding features of his personality. Scarcely anybody could like him define so precisely and in so great detail the roads, rates, sources and directions of our socialist socio-economic development. From the heights of the 42 years of achievements of socialist Albania we admire the realism and boldness of the majestic program for the construction of socialism which Comrade Enver Hoxha mapped out immediately after Liberation, a program which is an immortal testimony to the creative development of Marxism-Leninism in the concrete conditions of our country and which represents an original experience for the world revolutionary and communist movement.

Only an illuminated mind like that of Enver Hoxha's and a great heart which burned with ardent love for the people and the Homeland could project the wheat fields over the centuries-old marches, the giant hydro-power stations over the pine torches and oil lamps, the University and the Academy over illiteracy, well-being and prosperity over hunger and poverty. The development of industry and agriculture, of science and technique, of art and culture, of the army and defence, every field of our advance has at its foundation the ideas, projects, teachings and actual leadership of Comrade Enver Hoxha. Today's Albania is the deed of the Party and the people, is the fruit of the outstanding leadership of Comrade Enver Hoxha.

His unbent revolutionary stand, his unshakeable Marxist-Leninist consistency and his high internationalist spirit would naturally place Comrade Enver Hoxha in the first rank of the fighters for the just cause of the oppressed peoples and classes. Comrade Enver Hoxha's role and contribution transcend the bounds of our small country, and when we take just pride in the glorious battles of the Party and the Albanian people against imperialism and revisionism, we include Comrade Enver Hoxha's engagement in this struggle and his leadership of it. The true revolutionaries and democrats, the progressive and Marxist-Leninist forces, the freedom-loving peoples had in him their sure supporter and consistent defender. The respect and high evaluation of the revolutionary and progressive world towards him was the natural reward for his merits and major contributions.

The universality of the theoretical thinking of Comrade Enver Hoxha makes this thinking a phenomenon not merely Albanian, either in its objectives or the horizons it opens up. A profound knower of world history, a dialectical erudite and a profound Marxist-Leninist philosopher, a keen observer of the complex process of the class struggle and the world political life, Enver Hoxha comprised in the circle of its interests a great number of the more important problems of the time and gave them correct answers from the stand-point of our Marxist-Leninist theory. He has preceded the processes of social development and led the theoretical thinking and the revolutionary practice of the Party of Labour of Albania on paths still untrodden by the revolutionary movement.

The well-known Leninist axiom that without a revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement and that without revolutionary movement there can be no revolutionary theory finds in the figure of Comrade Enver Hoxha one of its major examples. He was a man of action, of energetic revolutionary deeds, just as he was a profound thinker and theoretician and a man of the fiery mobilizing word. Enver Hoxha was a great fighter for truth and justice, a rare fighter who won all his battles. At the head of the Party, he knew how to face up to so many savage enemies of Marxism-Leninism, the Party and people and prevail over all of them. This is explained with the great strength of his personality, with his courage and bravery, with his keen intelligence and wisdom, with his close and many-sided links with the people and the Party. The major moments of historic clashes with the plots of American imperialism and Soviet social-imperialism, the Yugoslav revisionists and the other avowed enemies of socialist Albania and the Albanian people cannot be understood without evoking the central and decisive role of Enver Hoxha.

The great work he bequeathed us is both theoretical and practical, a magnificent synthesis of these two aspects of human activity, it comprises all the fields of ideological, social, political, economic and cultural life and represents an orientation and bearing-point for the solution of all the problems that emerge in the course of the process of socialist construction and the advance of our revolution. The teachings of Comrade Enver Hoxha are the teachings of the Party and a guide for action in all its present and future activity. In this profound understanding and creative implementation of Marxism-Leninism and Comrade Enver Hoxha's teachings lies the inexhaustible strength of the thought and action of our Party, the guarantee of the ceaseless advance of the Albanian socialist society in all fields.

Enver Hoxha was a man of progress. He did not tolerate stereotypes and cut-and-dried formulae, stagnation and inertness, dogmatism and timidity. He had a big creative soul and this constitutes the essence of his theoretical and practical legacy. That is why he ceaselessly requested the party organizations, the state and economic organs, the communists and cadres to find such a method and style of work as to serve the people ever better, to find the most appropriate forms, means and ways for the solution of the ever new problems arising from our life in its dialectical development. That is how he wanted the Party to be and how he educated it, always active, dynamic and creative, and this is among the major teachings he left us with his life and Work.

Enver Hoxha raised to their feet a Party and a people who are capable to cope with any situation. Many suppositions and predictions were made by different political forces outside our country, which made their calculations on the basis of the obsolete patterns of the development of events in this or that former communist country. Our internal political situation which is stronger than ever showed that, just as in the past, these calculations were wrong. Comrade Enver Hoxha thought of and created with his own hand a strong Albania and a heroic Party which give the people assurance both for the present and for the future. With this assurance, the Albanian people, more united than ever around the Party, with Comrade Ramiz Alia at the head, are going all-out to fulfil and overfulfil the tasks of the new five-year plan and to achieve new successes on all the fronts of socialist construction. The decision of the 14th Plenum of the Central Committee of the Party on convening the 9th Congress of the Party on November 3 this year has aroused the communists and all the working people who are pledging and making good their pledges to go to the congress with the biggest achievements possible. As Comrade Ramiz Alia pointed out at the 14th Plenum of the CC of the PLA, this is the first Congress without Comrade Enver Hoxha, but we must work with multiplied forces in order to carry it out as Comrade Enver would have wanted it, in order to prepare it and go to it in just the same manner as we prepared and went to the former congresses with Enver Hoxha. This is a major pledge and obligation, a question of honour for all the communists and the working people of our country.

This year we shall celebrate the 45th anniversary of the founding of our beloved Party. We shall have Comrade Enver Hoxha there, too, because he is and will always be present in all our festivities, in every congress of the Party, as he is and will always be present in everything that is built and created in the new socialist Al­bania of which he is the architect.

Enver Hoxha will live for ever in the hearts and the work of the Albanian people for the socialist construction of the country. The new Albania and Comrade Enver Hoxha are one and indivisible, so his name and Work will live in the centuries.