By Harry Bajraktari
The Nobel Prize Committee for Literature 2019 decided to award this year’s much coveted prize to Peter Handke, a notorious defender and apologist of Slobodan Milosevic.
This is an insult to all the victims of Serbian chauvinism, wars, and genocide throughout former Yugoslavia.
This war crimes apologist protested loudly against the intervention of NATO in Kosova. He would have preferred the world to stand by and watch Serbian military and paramilitary inflict a humanitarian catastrophe on the Albanian civilian population and complete their fascist project of ethnic cleansing in the heart of Europe.
Handke denied the tragedy of Srebrenica ever happened, dismissing the murder of 8,000 men and boys in the hands of Serbian war criminals.
In 2006, he held a eulogy at the burial ceremony of Slobodan Milosevic (see the photo above), hailing him as a hero. After this speech, the City of Düsseldorf decided to withdraw the decision to award the Heinrich Heine Prize to Handke because of his support for war criminals.
This is a person who mocked and dismissed the suffering of our people in Kosova. He supported a fascist dictator and the worst crimes against humanity in Europe in our time.
The Nobel Prize Committee should review its decision and follow the example of the City of Düsseldorf. If not, this will remain in history as a shameful moment and a stain on a great legacy. Shame on them!
Harry Bajraktari is the founder of Illyria newspaper and leader of the Albanian-American community