Massacre in Borove / Borova (Albania)

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Massacre in Borove / Borova (Albania)

Post by grassi » 23 Dec 2007 12:08

Maybe someone who speaks Albanian can help me:

I am looking for information about a WW II massacre in the Albanian village of Borove.
Borove is a village near Ereske.
This town is close to the Greek border.

A friend of mine, who travelled the region, heard that only two inhabitants survived the massacre.
At least one of those two survives still lives nearby.

A huge monument in Bovore is dedicated to this massacre.
There is a website about this massacre, but it is in Albanian.
The only thing I was able to decipher is the name v. Stettner – a German general (Gebirgstruppe):
http://revistamapo.com/print.php?faqe=d ... 72452dfb05


The photos belong to a friend of mine. He gave me the permission to publish them:
http://forum.panzer-archiv.de/viewtopic ... 821#134821


Any help is appreciated! Thanks a lot!

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Post by Rob - wssob2 » 23 Dec 2007 21:59

See Albania in Occupation and War: From Fascism to Communism 1940-1945
By Owen Pearson ISBN 1845111044

"In Borove the Germans set every house on fire with the inhabitants inside; ... They massacred 107 people - women, old men, and children - and razed the ..."
http://books.google.com/books?id=P3knun ... 2bwbRJTh_c

Gen.Lt Walter Ritter von Grabenhofen Stettner was the CO of the 1.Gebirgs-Division from 12.17.42 to 10.18.44. The division initiated several massacres of civilians under his command, including the reprisal at Kommeno, Greece in August 1943.

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Post by grassi » 23 Dec 2007 22:39

Rob, thanks a lot for your quick answer and the interesting information!

In the meantime I changed the writing of Borove into Borova and found more information on Wikipedia:
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borova_%28Albanien%29

Concerning the 1. Gebirgsdivision there will be a new book out soon:
Meyer, Hermann Frank, Blutiges Edelweiß. Die 1. Gebirgsdivision im Zweiten Weltkrieg
http://www.amazon.de/Blutiges-Edelwei%C ... 3861534479

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Post by David Thompson » 25 Dec 2007 00:42

For more on Stettner's war crimes during his command of the German 1st Mountain division see:

Hostage case: NMT Judgment against General der Gebirgstruppe Hubert Lanz
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 650#489650
Cephalonia/Cefalonia/Kefalonia massacre
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 461#545461

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Re: Massacre in Borove / Borova (Albania)

Post by Balrog » 01 Apr 2009 02:17

Whatever happened to Major Runbald Klebe? Did he survive the war?

Does anyone have any photos of him?

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Re: Massacre in Borove / Borova (Albania)

Post by David Thompson » 08 Apr 2009 12:42

A political post from Michael Mills, which added nothing of informational value to the thread, was removed by this moderator - DT.

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Re: Massacre in Borove / Borova (Albania)

Post by Fborova » 26 Jun 2014 14:45

My great grand father was from this village, but was forced to leave due to a feud with another family. I was wondering if you were able to find anymore information about the people who lived in the village? He changed our last name to Borova so we new where we came from, but unfortunately i don't know what it was prior.

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