Tirana

House of Leaves

  Rr. Ibrahim Rugova     more than a year ago
Part of the current Prime Minister Edi Rama’s ongoing attempts to reform Albanian society and deal more openly with its recent painful history, this genuine house of horrors opposite Christ’s Resurrection Cathedral functioned as the national headquarters of the Gestapo during the Nazi occupation of 1943-1944 before falling into the hands of the Sigurimi, Albania’s Communist-era version of the KGB who used it as both a listening post and place of torture during the regime’s Orwellian-sounding War on Personal Comfort. With erratic opening times, this interesting experiment under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture aims to eventually turn the building into a permanent museum dedicated to secret surveillance.

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