Serbia regained Kosovo after 400 years of Turkish/Muslim occupation; the Balkan Wars (1912-1913). Ever since 1913 the Albanians have been accusing Serbia of "stealing their land." In WWI, they were allies of Austria & Germany committing unspeakable atrocities against the Serbs. Then came WWII - they allied with the Nazis and Italian Fascists, again committing countless atrocities against the Serbs.
After WWII, the Communists took over and basically allowed the terror to go on, while legally banning the Serbs from going back to their homes and farms (the refugees as well as those Serbs who joined the fight against the Nazis were forbidden to return to Kosovo under "Resolution 355"). That was not enough, so the Communists gave the Albanians autonomy in 1974. The terror, this time institutionalized, continued. The NY Times published a bunch of articles in the late 70s and 80s documenting Albanian atrocities.
The 90s saw another decade of atrocities, attacks on non-Albanian civilians, terrorist attacks on cops, soldiers, state employees, etc.
That's it in a nutshell.
Thanks for putting that together. I know very little about that part of the world and am always interested in learning more history.
What little I do know, apparently, gave me an incorrect impression. I know from some WWII documentaries that some of the Nazi concentration camps had Serbian guards whose brutality, apparently, was legendary. Many of the survivors of Bergen-Belsen(?) never forgot the Serbs who served the Nazis as camp guards.
I know that there has been a great deal of tension between the Serbs and Albanians but, I evidentally fell asleep around the time that Albania disappeared off the map and wasn't aware of what was actually going on.
Again, I appreciate you taking the time to enlighten me.