Monday, November 29, 2004

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Novi Sad sinagogue. Masterwotk of jewish art in this area. One of the few sinagogues in Serbia, but deffinetly the most wonderfull one.Picture taken by ME. Posted by Hello

Novi Sad clock tower....unique in entire world. The big pointer shows hours and the small one minutes. Ain`t that funny?Copyright by Srdan. Posted by Hello

Novi Sad castle and church from 14th century Posted by Hello

Novi Sad Bishop residence....took this pic in october when Karla visited me :) Posted by Hello

Novi Sad, town 60 miles northern from belgrade. It had been built under Austro-hungarians and it is so different from anything that you can see in my country. But still, it is nice to have so many different things at the small region like Serbia. Posted by Hello

Monday, November 22, 2004

The Life Story of Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic - New Chrysostom

He was born on December 23rd (old calendar) or January 5th in 1881 in a small village Lelic, not far from Valjevo. He was baptized in Celije Monastery, which was functioning as the main village church and also a school at that time. His parents Dragomir & Katarina, farmers, had nine children. Nikolaj was their first child. When he had finished theology school, he received scholarship at famous Roman-Catholic University in Bern, in Switzerland. After graduation, he prepared a doctorate on the topic of "The Belief in Christ’s Resurrection as the main dogma of the Apostolic Church". With the topic “Berkeley Philosophy,” he received his second doctor's degree in philosophy at the Oxford University.


When he returned to Serbia, he became a monk in a monastery at Rakovica, near Belgrade, on December 20th 1909, and he got his monastic name Nikolaj. After some time, he went to Russia (in Petersburg) and finished Clerical Academy.
At the beginning of the World War I, in 1915, he was sent, under the government of Nikola Pasic, to England and the U.S.A. to suppress the propaganda against the Serbs and to propagate the just fight of the Serbs.
“What am I going to tell them?,” he asked for the instructions? After a long silence, Mr. Pasic answered, "You will know when the time comes"!
During the next four years (1915-1919), Nikolaj was in, in churches, schools, universities, hotel rooms, and other places of England and the U.S.A., trying to explain the just fight of Serbian people, for freedom and against the Austrians.
At the end of the World War I, while he was still in England, he was elected for a bishop at Zica on March 25th in 1919. In 1920 he was relocated to Ohrid Bishopric. At this time, there were many intensive diplomatic activities of the state and the church, so that he was a member of numerous delegations sent to Greece, Turkey, St. Gora, the U.S.A. and England. He was a great missionary and activist of Evangelism. Under very complicated circumstances, he was traveling and teaching people just as famous St. Sava had done before. He rebuilt the churches and monasteries destroyed in war. He formed the orphanages for the poor abandoned children. In order to defend his people from an aggressive sect-propaganda, he supported the newly formed Congregation of Orthodox Christian Peoples, whose leader he was between the two wars.
In the year 1934, Bishop Nikolaj came back on the throne of Zica parish. He started the reconstruction of the Zica Monastery and recovered the old Nemanjic glory. He also reconstructed many other monasteries, among which several monasteries on Ovcar - Kablar cliffs, which are called The Serbian Saint Mountain.
As soon as the Germans occupied the country, police and military forces came to Zica, and Bishop Nikolaj was isolated and arrested on July 12th 1941. He was imprisoned in monastery Ljubostinja until December 3rd 1942 and after that he was sent to Vojlovac, near Pancevo, together with the previous Zica Bishop Vasilije Kostic and his nephew Jovan Velimirovic. In 1943, Germans also put patriarch Gavrilo there. At the end of the summer period in 1944, they were both taken to the disreputable camp Dahau in Germany. They were the only two clergymen in Europe who were the prisoners in that camp in a Nazi country. With a great help of Dimitrije Ljotic, they were both released. When the war ended, they were in Slovenia with their Serbs.
For some time they were wondering through the countries of Western Europe, and than patriarch Gavrilo returned to Serbia and took over a duty of the leader of the Serbian Church. Bishop Nikolaj had a very difficult path and got to feel all the bitterness of emigration.
He didn't want to return to his beloved Serbia during the post-war government of Communists. He thought that he could help his people better from abroad. "When a house burns - put out the fire from the outside," he used to say.
All the time, he was helping his people, churches, monasteries, monks and clergy from the U.S.A. He gave to his people all that he had. He was gathering Serbs from all around the world, taught them that only if they stay close to each other, become attached to their church and faithful to their religious customs, they can save their good name and their roots in the world. He died and went to God on March 18th 1956, in Russian monastery of St. Tihon in Pennsylvania (U.S.A.) and was buried in Serbian monastery St. Sava in Libertyville. In 1991 his remains were replaced in Serbia in monastery Lelic

General Dragomir, Draza Mihajlovic,murdered bu comunists 1945, honored posthumously by the President of United States with 1st degree Legion of Merit. by Hello


Few days ago, match between serbian and croatian basketball team was played. Of course, how can we play a stupid basketball mach with no inicidents. Well...we need to think of something. And we do it..with no problem. Serbian basketball player Milan Gurovic was held at the border for, having a tatoo of general Dragomir Mihajlovic on his right sholder. That offenced croatian nation, and he was banned to enter Croatia. Isn`t that funny? The explanation was that, General Dragomir Mihajlovic was "colaborator with the German ocupator" and that Croatian people does not feel comfortable looking at his tatoo during one 90 minutes rivalry.
Two days ago, 3 serbian students were hold in custody, for making a documenary in Zagreb, taking few shots in Zagreb central square with the picture of the same person. They are in triled, and in prison at this moment, and for next 15 days. is all nice...but before understanding why, i regard, that we should say something about this man.
General Dragomir, Draza Mihajlovic, was one of the most important figures in Royal Yugoslav Army before world war two. He studied military academy in Paris, together with well known french general and politician Charles Degaulle, who was his great friend from college days.
During the world war 2, General Mihajlovic and his squad were the only that did not capitulated and that were leading gerila war againts Germans for several years. Comunist resistance apperhended him in 1945, trialed and executed him in several days. He was presented as an colaborator with German ocupator and betrayer of Yugoslav nations...etc.etc. The trial was springed, and he had no possibility to deffend him self, beeing held in comunistic prison on hard drugs. Few years after his decapitation, posthumously, he had been gartered by the PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with the first degree LEGION OF MERIT,the highest combat award that U.S. government can give to forgein national for saving lives of 90 american pilotes during the war.It was kept as an secret for decades beacuse of the pressure of State Department That is what USA thinks about "German colaborator". "Through the undaunted efforts of his troops, many United States airmen were rescued and returned safely to friendly control. General Mihailovic and his forces, although lacking adequate supplies, and fighting under extreme hardships, contributed materially to the Allied cause, and were instrumental in obtaining a final Allied Victory. "(HARRY S. TRUMEN, March 29, 1948 )
In a letter, American President Richard Nixon said about General Draza: "General Draza Mihailovich was a patriot, a brave soldier and a gallant ally of the United States and every nation that went to war in the early forties to destroy the tyrannies that sought to enslave our world.
Hundreds of American pilots owe their lives to General Mihailovich and his forces and, the American people will never forget that debt.
As long as there are patriots in any nation, the name of General Mihailovich will be remembered and revered." I believe that the spirit in which you have gathered here to honor the memory of General Mihailovich, the faithful allied commander and the first anti-Nazis leader in Europe, is shared by the great majority of Americans.
The ultimate tragedy of Draza Mihailovic cannot erase the memory of his heroic and often lonely struggle against the twin tyrannies that afflicted his people, Nazism and Communism. He knew that totalitarianism, whatever name it might take, is the death of freedom. He thus became a symbol of resistance to all those across the world who have had to fight a similar heroic and lonely struggle against totalitarianism. Mihailovich belonged to Yugoslavia; his spirit now belongs to all those who are willing to fight for freedom.
I wish that it could be said that this great hero was the last victim of confused and senseless policies of western governments in dealing with Communism. The fact is that others have suffered a fate similar to his by being embraced and then abandoned by western governments in the hope that such abandonment will purchase peace or security. "
DRAZA MIHAILOVICH the Hero, as told by Major Richard L. Felman U.S.A.F., Retired in his Book: "American war vetran Major Richard Felman, author of "Mihailovich & I", wrote and published his work as an extraordinary gesture of gratitude and Appreciation for General Draza Miahailovich and his loyal Chetniks who rescued, sheltered and saved him and other American airmen from the Nazis and their fascis collaborators - Croatian Ustashas and Muslim fundamentalists- during the bloody World War II in occupied Yugoslavia.
In his book he praises not only the paramount role of General Mihailovich and the courage of the Chetnik fighters, but also the hospitality of the Serbian people and their passionate quest for freedom.
Major Felman's book is a testament not only to the Resistance Movement under the banner of Draza, but of the undeniable truth of the great contribution of the Serbian people to the Allied Forces and their victory over Nazism and Fascism.
A special place is given to the Allied pilots (Americans in particular) who survived the Nazi attcks after parachuting into the contryside of Serbia and their mentors- Draza's Chetniks. Major Felman emphasizes the fact that this rescue mission greatly endangered Draza's soldiers and Serbian civilinan population- especially the peasants- as Nazi reprisals were imminent. Some 500 American pilots found safety and fredom, as they were transfered in the second half of 1944 into Allied bases in newly freed territories in neighbouring Italy.
There, they shared their experiences and told their stories of bravery, rescue, and Serbian peoples' enormous suffering under the Nazi- Facist occupation, to their supiriors and comrades alike. ronically, by this hour the very same Allied Forces had already betrayed Draza and his Chetniks as well as the freedom loving Serbian people. "
I would realy wish to see your coments on this topic. If there is something that you do not think that is right...say it....I am here to found the true answer to every question you have, am i not ?

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

SERBIAN PENTAGON is the masterwork of serbian creativity. As you can see it is few pigs on the skewers.....madness. In case you plan to come to Serbia, contact me and I`ll show you all secrets of Serbian Pentagon :) Posted by Hello

Just look at this grandma. Ain`t she cool. Hanging aound a hood with the fag and beer. Is there anything better that Beer and fag. She knows how to enjoy. Posted by Hello

Monday, November 08, 2004

Serbia…. the place you should definitely avoid

There are so many reasons why you, as someone who never traveled around the Balkans should avoid this small and funny state with no name. In case you do not know (as I don’t) Serbia and Montenegro is one small stupid country that has no: Coat of arms, national anthem and flag. Not to talk about some more serious things…like constitution or even some normal laws that you can see there….where you come from.
In case you decided to come here…well there are so many interesting things that you can see. Things that are unique, masterworks of Native Serbian arts, architecture and Serbian culture in general.
I will not talk too much…I’ll just leave you to see how do we live here…and what and IF we have anything to offer you on your European voyage.


At some point you will think that you are not on the planet of Earth, and YES, you are right. You are in planet of Serbia…where laws and roles of physics, culture, arts and so many other laws…. DO NOT EXIST.
Therefore enjoy your stay in Serbia, get drunk and feel like at home. (that applies only for people that can stand 2.5 to 3.0 % of alcohol in their blood.)
Welcome to my home…just enjoy and do not laugh…. because this is not funny at all…you, my dear friends should cry…knowing that nation, like great Serbian nation, that in generally thinks that it is no.1 in the world, smartest and strongest live like this.
I will present you several pictures of Serbian masterworks as soon as I Can. And trust me…you will fully understand why am I talking about my homeland in such satirical tone.