Albania pays last respects to Robert Elsie, folklore scholar

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Posted: Oct 17, 2017 10:23 AM

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Robert Elsie, a German scholar of Albanian literature and folklore, is being buried in Albania in accordance with his wishes.

Elsie died Oct. 2 of motor neuron disease in Bonn, Germany. He was 67.

His coffin was brought to the National Library in Albania's capital, Tirana, on Tuesday so people could pay their respects. The burial is scheduled for Wednesday in Theth, a village 170 kilometers (105 miles) north of Tirana.

A Foreign Ministry statement says a formal ceremony will "honor his commitment and dedication to our country, traditions and our language, heightening our national values, culture and identity."

The Canadian-born Elsie studied linguistics at Bonn University in the 1980s. He went on to write more than 60 books on Albanian studies from his frequent travels to Albania and Kosovo.