Albanalogist Robert Elsie Passes Away at 67
Albanian Daily News
Published October 2, 2017
The renowned Albanologist, researcher and translator Robert Elsie passed away on Monday at 67. Elsie, whose origins were German, was born in 1950 in Vancouver, Canada. He was introduced with the Albanian language and the Albanians during ‘70s during a visit to Albania along with a group of German students.
Robert Elsie, who has been awarded the Medal of Gratitude by the former-President of the Republic, Bujar Nishani for his contribution, is the author of dozens of books and articles focused on Albanian culture and traditions.
He will be remembered as an excellent translator in the English language of Gjergj Fishta’s poem “The Highlands Lute” and the brilliant translation of Albanian authors like Migjeni, Poradeci and Kongoli.
Elsi is also the author of a number of Albanian language vocabularies and a general history of Albania and Kosovo. He served as translator of the Albanian witnesses in the trial against the former-Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic in Hague.