|Date and place of birth|| October 16, 1908|
|Claimed religion|| Islam (formerly)|
|Children|| Ilir Hoxha|
|Date & Place of Death||April 11, 1985|
|Manner of Death||Heart failure|
|Place of burial||Tirana|
|Highest rank attained||n/a|
|Political party||Party of Labour of Albania|
|Date of dictatorship||1944-1985|
|Number of deaths attributed|
In 1967, he banned all religions from Albania.
Hoxha was born in to an Islamic family in 1908. He studied in France and joined the French Communist Party. 1936 he returned to Albania and worked as teacher. In 1939 Benito Mussolini annexed Albania. Hoxha lost his job and founded the Albanian Communist Party in 1941. After the Second World War he was declared as president. In his tenure Christians, Muslims, landowners, recalcitrant peasants and political opponents were sent to prison or executed. In particular Catholics were persecuted. Hoxha cut the number of Catholic churches from 253 to 100 and all Catholics were stigmatized as "fascists". After Khruschev criticized Stalin, Hoxha started to improve Albania's relations with China.
Hoxha got support from the Chicago Area Friends of Albania.