Mirdita House of Gjomarku Kanun

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017 M01 23 - 130 pages
Since the time of Leke Dukagjini in the 15th c. contemporary of Albania's hero Gjergji Skanderbeg, the name Gjomarku has been synonymous with valor, pride and honor. Through the centuries this family has sought to keep Northern Albania united in their beliefs, traditions and most of all their Catholic religion. During those tumultuous times under the Ottoman Empire's rule, the Gjomarku Kapidans bravely and courageously led their people through a number of wars, followed by periods of peace and then war again. The losses were many. The triumphs even more. Ultimately, the years passed and the ravages of those wars, conflicts and final takeover by the Soviet backed Albanian communist regime, took its toll on the House of Gjomarku. In this book written by Ndue Gjon Marku, one of the last Kapidans of the House, you will understand the battles fought and turmoils endured, both physical and emotional. This book is not voluminous but the content is informative, on-point and instrumental in understanding the legacy the House of Gjomarku has passed on to future generations, near and far.

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Ndue (Anton) Gjon Marku (1914-2011) was born in Orosh, Mirdita. He attended the Saverian Jesuit College in Shkodra, going on to the Terezianum School in Vienna followed by the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Florence, receiving a degree in Political Science. He returned to Albania in 1943. During the anti-communist resistance, Ndue, with his volunteers fought the partisan brigades for 5 months. On November 28, 1944, with his father, Gjon Marka Gjoni, he left Albania to protect their bloodline. Reaching Italy after an extremely dangerous journey, and after settling they founded the political party "Bloku Kombetar Indipendent" (The National Independent Bloc) in 1946. Within the party and in coalition with Xhafer Deven and his group from Kosovo, they organized the recruitment and layed the groundwork for the first raid of paratroopers into Albania. In this manner Komitetin Kombetar "Shqipnia e Lire," [The National Committee "Free Albania"] was founded, with many members of the Bloc. Ndue continued his fight for a Free Albania throughout his exile. For 50 years Ndue Gjon Marku contributed his writings to the "Bloku," as well as to the gazettes "L'Albanie Libre" and "Lajmtari te Merguemit." In 1957 Ndue be-gan a new family after marrying Maria Teresa Agostini in Rome. She was a graduate of French and English from the Universita Internazionale in Rome. They had four children: Ma-ria Cristina, Bianca Maria, Alessandra and one son, Gjon. In 1971, after the death of Kapidan Gjon Markagjoni in 1966, the family emigrated to the U.S.A and reunited with Ndue's younger brother Nikoll. Ndue Gjon Marku died in 2011, in New York.

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