The 18 and 19 last September, the Italian Ambassador to Albania, Alberto Cutillo, he visited the South Albania, precisely a Saranda, where he attended a ceremony in honor of the Italian soldiers of the Second World War.
A Limion Bay, present the local civil, military and religious authorities, remembered the sacrifice of 120 officers of the 'Perugia' division, allocated to defend the port of Saranda, which, following the armistice of the 8 September 1943, were abandoned by the Italian Executive.
The officers, who had allowed their colleagues to 'Parma' Division of being able to embark from Albania to return to Italy, almost all of them fell into German hands and then executed. Only simple soldiers were spared their lives, but they were sent to concentration camps.
The Ambassador then went to Qeparo, a place where Italian soldiers had been operating since the first world war, contributing to the construction of the aqueduct and the cemetery outside the village to safeguard it from the spread of epidemics.
Live thanks to the Albanian families
Among the soldiers of the Second World War there were those who miraculously managed to escape the Germans and was hosted by Albanian families, where they remained until the end of the war, before returning to Italy.
This is the case of Angelo, an Italian soldier still alive in the memory of ninety-year-old Koço Koka, the oldest man in Qeparo, who told of this story of his childhood in a letter sent to the Ambassador.
The Italian soldier was kept hidden for almost a year, until he could return to Italy. Then 50 years of separation, to find himself at the end of the Albanian dictatorship, when Koço, accompanied by his wife, was able to travel to Sardinia, where he found his friend Angelo.
The Ambassador's visit also included a stop at Apollonia, where she was accompanied by the Director of the Archaeological Park, the Doctor Ornela Dyrmishi, and by Professor Neritan Ceka, historical archaeologist of the Apollonia site.
Ambasadori Cutillo, së bashku me Konsullen and Përgjithshme të Vlorës, Luana Micheli, takuan personalisht zotin Koco Koka, ...
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