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The Photo Collection of Harry Hamm

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Albania in 1961

The West German journalist Harry Hamm (1922-1979) was born in Amsterdam. He served with the Wehrmacht in World War II and spent the early postwar years (1945-1949) as a prisoner of war in the Soviet Union. After his return to Germany, he studied political science in Frankfurt am Main and Montpellier, and worked as a journalist for the German newspapers Die Welt and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In August 1961 Hamm managed to get a visa to visit Albania as a foreign journalist. It was a time of great political turmoil in the Balkan country. Russian and eastern European specialists were leaving the country and new Chinese specialists were arriving. The photos in this collection are taken from his book Albania: China's Beachhead in Europe, London 1962, a well-informed account of the dramatic events that took place in Albania during the change of alliances.

Die Fotosammlung des Harry Hamm

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Albanien im Jahre 1961

Der westdeutsche Journalist Harry Hamm (1922-1979) wurde in Amsterdam geboren. Er diente in der Deutschen Wehrmacht im Zweiten Weltkrieg und geriet in sowjetischer Gefangenschaft (1945-1949). Nach seiner Rückkehr studierte er politische Wissenschaft in Frankfurt am Main und Montpellier, und war anschließend für Die Welt und die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung  journalistisch tätig. Im August 1961 erhielt Hamm als Journalist eine seltene Genehmigung, Albanien zu besuchen, wo er den Bruch mit der Sowjetunion und die Ankunft der ersten Chinesen hautnah miterlebte. Die hier vorgestellte Fotos stammen aus seinem Buch Rebellen gegen Moskau: Albanien - Pekings Brückenkopf in Europa, Köln 1961.

Koleksioni fotografik i Hari Hamit

(Harry Hamm)

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Shqipëria në vitin 1961

Gazetari gjermanoperëndimor Hari Ham (Harry Hamm, 1922-1979) ka lindur në Amsterdam. Shërbeu me forcat gjermane në Luftën e Dytë Botërore dhe u bë rob lufte në Bashkimin Sovjetik (1945-1949). Pas kthimit të tij në Gjermani studioi për shkencat politike në Frankfurt dhe në Monpëlie (Montpellier) dhe punoi gazetar për gazetat e njohura Die Welt dhe Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Në gusht të vitit 1961 Hami mori një vizë të rrallë për të vizituar Shqipërinë, pikërisht në një kohë rrëmujeje të madhe politike. Aty përjetoi ndarjen politike të Shqipërisë me Bashkimin Sovjetik dhe fillimin e aleancës së re me Kinën revolucionare. Fotografitë e këtij koleksioni janë marrë nga libri i tij i mirëinformuar Rebellen gegen Moskau: Albanien - Pekings Brückenkopf in Europa (Kryengritës kundër Moskës: Shqipëria – kryeura e Pekinit në Evropë), Këln 1961.
Robert Elsie Early Photography in Albania
HH001 | Harry Hamm (1922-1979). HH016 | Scanderbeg Square in Tirana with the statue of Stalin still gracing it (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH017 | Dam in northern Albania (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH032 | Fortress of Scanderbeg in Kruja (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH033 | The old Mes Bridge near Shkodra (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH040a | Main street and mosque in Durrës: “Let us construct socialism with a pickaxe in one hand and a rifle in the other” “Praise be to Marxism-Leninsm” (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH040b | View of Scanderbeg Square in Tirana taken from the minaret of the Et’hem Bey Mosque (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH041a | Young Albanian (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH041b | Old Albanian (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH048 | Ruins of the home of Enver Hoxha in Gjirokastra (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH049 | Fishermen on Lake Shkodra (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH064 | Camp of young pioneers in Durrës: “Fourth National Spartiada (mass sports competition) of the Pioneers” (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH065 | Political rally in Elbasan: “Peace cannot be sought, it must be won” (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH080 | Chinese bathers at the beach in Durrës (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH081 | Shining shoes in Tirana (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH096 | Fishermen resting in the ruins of Butrint near Saranda (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH097a | Vegetable market in Shkodra (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH104a | Female porter in the streets of Korça (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH104b | Women selling textiles at the market in Shkodra (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH105a | Partisan Monument in Tirana (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH105b | Street sweeper in Tirana (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH112 | Carriage at the bazaar of Shkodra (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH113 | Children on their way to a political rally (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH128 | Anti-Tito poster at the communist party headquarters in Shkodra: “The revisionist clique of Tito feeds on American dollars. Tito’s favourite drink” (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH129 | Peasant women marching at a political rally in Elbasan: “Forward with the building of a socialist society,” “Let us implement the historic resolutions of the Fourth Congress of the Albanian Party of Labour,” “Let us construct socialism with a pickaxe in one hand and a rifle in the other” (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH144 | Enver Hoxha speaking at the Fourth Congress of the Albanian Party of Labour, with Mehmet Shehu behind him to the right (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH145 | Building of the Central Committee of the Albanian Party of Labour in Tirana (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH160 | Greek peasant couple in Gjirokastra (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH161 | Peasant women at an agricultural co-operative near Tirana (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH168a | Marx and Engels in the streets of Korça: “Long live the historic resolutions of the Fourth Congress of the Albanian Party of Labour” (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH168b | Street scene in Gjirokastra (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH169a | Communist propaganda at a snack bar on the beach in Durrës (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). HH169b | The secret police (Sigurimi) observing a political rally in Elbasan (Photo: Harry Hamm 1961). jquery image lightboxby VisualLightBox.com v6.1