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» (E) The people who saved US pilots did so under tremendous personal risk
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | History | Unrated


The people who saved aviators did so under tremendous personal risk

I would like to share with you the following excerpt from the book "Partizanske veze - Kopno - Otok Krk - Srednjodalmatinski otoci od 1941 do 1945" ["Partisan Ties: Mainland - Krk Island - Mid-Dalmatian Islands From 1941 to 1945], Rijeka: Adamic, 1999. The booklet contains the proceedings of a round table on the topic held on Krk on June 25, 1997.

It should be noted that Krk was under Axis occupation - first annexed by Italy in 1941, it came under German military administration in late 1943. This was not Partisan controlled territory so that the actions taken to save Allied pilots was done in a traditional, "underground" manner.

One of the individuals mentioned in the following excerpt is Ivo Albaneze from Omisalj, Krk. To give one an idea of the complexity of the war in Croatia, Ivo was a Partisan. His brother, Anton "Toto" Albaneze, is my uncle and was in the Domobrans. Anton survived the Bleiburg death march. Their 3rd brother (who's name I don't recall off hand) fought in both the Domobrans and Partisans and was killed as a Partisan in Bosnia.

The following was stated by Ivan Nino Maricic:

"If we weren't so good, then today we would not have here with us, after 55 years, the son of a saved American pilot who came to see the place where his father was saved and where he could thank this people. I was a participant in the effort by chance, as was Ivo Albaneze, when this group of seven or eight fell [to earth] here and we transported them out of here. I remember the one without legs, who fell in Gabonjina [on Krk], that Dr. Variola amputed his leg, that he laid down on some blue mattress, that I gave him tea, that we took him to Olib [Island] where a ship, an amphibious craft, came for him and took him further on. A similar situation occurred at Hlama where one soldier fell from a bombardier [the author calls it a "lajting (layting?) bomardier] and the women from Baska draga took him in. He was taken to Baska via the late Ivo Derecinovic,as well as the home of Ivo Volaric, and he was accompanied by Ivo Dorcic, Nino Tic, Dusan Dekanic and Bonefacic who took him to Rab and from Rab he succeeded in getting to Olib. It was because of [helping him] that the Sersic family - Ivan and Marija - ended up in Dachau." [pp. 79-80] [see however below concerning the Sersic family]

Franjo Orlic gives some further details, noting that the person who was coming to Krk and specifically to Kornic [near Punat] was David Clied, the son of Henry. According to Orlic, Henry was the commander of a "Flying Fortress" which crashed near Krk. [p. 77].

For Brian Gallagher's benefit in the UK, I note that Maksim Blazic, another participant at the roundtable, noted that in Fall 1944 Eugen Domijan from Dramalj (near Crikvenica) led three English paratroopers "to the little port of Vodna from where they were taken to Vis Island via Krk." [p. 24]

Marijan Lindaric remembered the following: "In the western area of Krk English and American pilots came to the ground who were saved and taken care of and whose safe return to their bases was organized by our people. It must be stated that this was a difficult task as many of them were injured. Saving eight aviators from the sea, whose craft fell in the water between Krk and Cres, was an especially dangerous task as it took place during the day. The injured were taken to the Dobrinj area [on Krk] by hand. Ivan Zec, Ivan Jurasic, Nikola Marulic, Kuzam Franolic, Josip Lindaric, Petar Kosic and many others participated in these actions." [p. 39]

I note that Maricic's story concerning the Sersic family on Rab may have resulted from some confusion on his part. According to Orfeo Ticac's article in Zbornik drugog pomorskog obalnog sektora Mornarice NOVJ, Rijeka, 1975, Ticac discusses the Sersic family's role in protecting American intelligence officers. These three men were sent to Rab sometime in early 1944. He was on Vis and he accompanied three American intelligence officers ("of Yugoslav descent," according to Ticac) to Rab. There they established a radio relay station with their headquarters in Italy. However, in March 1944 the Germans occupied the island and the work of the station came to an end. The Americans were hidden in the Sersic home and ultimately taken to safety. However, a German raid on the house uncovered certain material which the Americans were not able to take with them. Ivan and Franka Sersic were arrested and taken to Dachau where they survived. [pp. 62-63].

The people who saved these aviators did so under tremendous personal risk. Unlike the Chetniks, they did not collaborate with the Nazis while saving pilots. I am sure we can find hundreds of examples of like actions taken by ordinary Croats during the War.

John Kraljic


» (E) Charles Billich at the UN June 14-25, New York
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated


Charles Billich at the UN - Humanity United



Dear Mr. Nenad Bach,

I hope the following information will be useful for the purposes of the Croatian community.

Croatian/Australian artist Charles Billich is being sponsored by the United
Nations Staff Recreation Council's Friendship Club and permanent missions
of Croatia and Australia for an art exhibit entitled, Humanity United, in
the UN Secretariat Lobby from 14-25 June 2004. The opening reception will
take place on Tuesday 15 June from 6.30 - 8.30 pm.

Mr. Billich was commissioned to paint East Timor's official independence
painting. He was also commissioned to paint a piece in honor of the 50th
anniversary of the International Committee of the Red Cross that now hangs
at that organization's Headquarters, his New York Cityscape hangs in the
Port Authority, he presented a painting to the Pope, and this artist has an
impressive CV of accolades that include Australia's official Olympic
Artist and 2000 Sports Artist of the Year. He has amazing talent - stamps
of his terra cotta soldiers are currently in use in China .

Mr. Billich's official website will provide more detailed information at .

If any other information is needed, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Claudia Abate
Conference Officer
Meeting Servicing Unit
UN Room S1B-02



» (E)
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated



"My Head Lost into the Stars" by Vlasta Mijac 


» (E) Danijel Zezelj at Gardner Museum in Boston
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated


Danijel Zezelj at Gardner Museum


May 16, 2005

BOSTON, MA.- The Gardner Museum celebrates a milestone in its 13-year-old contemporary arts program this summer with Stray Dogs, graphic illustrations by its 50th Artist-in-Residence, Croatia-born cartoonist and illustrator Danijel Zezelj. Merging a quasi-documentary style with darkly poetic and musical sensibilities, Stray Dogs explores the hauntingly dark side of human experience. Zezelj’s project is a boldly impressionistic representation of the world as he sees it.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, a graphic novel by the same name, Stray Dogs, takes the form of a memoir for a woman journalist. Part illustrated biography, part dreamlike musing, the richly descriptive narrative-in-drawings are a visually eclectic mix of individuals and settings, from moody cityscapes to shadowed interiors that take on themes of exile, solitude, illness, displacement, and growing old in America. The work was inspired, in part, by the artist’s residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in May 2004.

Danijel Zezelj is a cartoonist and illustrator from Zagreb, Croatia. The author of thirteen graphic novels and short comic collections, his work has a hauntingly dark and lonely nature and Kafkaesque illustrations that often examine the darker side of life. For eight years, he lived in Seattle where he worked for The New York Times Book Review and DC Comics. Zezelj now lives in New York City.

Stray Dogs also marks a milestone in the Gardner Museum’s 13-year-old contemporary Artist-in-Residence program, presented in celebration of and by the museum’s 50th Artist-in-Residence. Created in 1992 to continue Mrs. Gardner’s legacy of patronage for contemporary artists and directed under Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director and Pieranna Cavalchini, Curator of Contemporary Art, the Artist-in-Residency program at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum supports and showcases contemporary art and its creation. The Artist-in-Residence program supports artists’ needs for contemplation and an engaging environment. Visiting artists including painters, photographers, sculptors, composers, installation and performance artists, storytellers and writers live, contemplate and create at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, responding to the Museum’s intimate installations, architectural beauty, and archival histories to inspire creative
thinking, artistic exploration and ideas for new work. 2005 marks a year of contemporary art at the Gardner – featuring three consecutive Artist-in-Residence exhibitions and an unprecedented eight visiting contemporary artists.

» (E) Klapa Subrenum performing in Chicago on May 18th, 2005
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
» (E) Sylvan Winds and Pedja Muzijevic at Carnegie May 25, 2005
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
» (E) Jama Jandrokovic at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
» (E) Classical music's Sex and the City World Premiere of Five Lovers - FREE
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated


A special complimentary tickets for CROWN readers

Jama Jandrokovic at the Alice Tully Hall,

New York May 20, 2005 at 8 PM


Nenad Bach and CROWN invite you to be a special complimentary guest* for a one
night only vocal performance by friend Jama Jandrokovic. After gracing the
stages of esteemed venues such as Carnegie and Steinway Halls, Ms.

Jandrokovic has returned from touring Europe to make her debut performance
at Alice Tully Hall.

Ms Jandrokovic  who has been described by the
European press as "graceful...silvery, sonorous...with ecstatic, imaginative
interpretation" will perform the world premiere of Five Lovers, at Lincoln
Center's Alice Tully Hall on Friday, May 20, 2005 at 8 PM. Five Lovers is a
staged world premiere concert based on Ms. Jandrokovic's autobiographical
collection of poetry, which chronicles her romantic journey as a newly
single young woman in New York City attempting to reinvent herself. The
poems of Five Lovers have been set to music by American composers Lori
Laitman; Luna Pearl Woolf; and the 2004 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Music,
Paul Moravec. Five Lovers is directed by Gina Lapinski, stage director at
The Metropolitan Opera.

Among the artists also appearing on the program are a Winner of the American
Book Award, poet Diana Gioia (who will read from his poetry); and cellist
Matt Haimovitz, one of classical music's most adventurous artists, who was
the first classical artist to play at New York's infamous CBGB club, in a
performance that was filmed by ABC News for its half-hour feature,
'Nightline UpClose.'
Five Lovers
May 20, 2005 at 8 PM
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $40, $30, $20
Available at the Alice Tully Box Office (212) 875-5050
CenterCharge (212) 721-6500
online at 

*To reserve your complimentary tickets please send an email to Linda Ward  by May 18th. All tickets will be
left at the Alice Tully Box Office for pick up ½ hour before the performance.

For in-depth project information including sound files, poetry and more
please visit

» (E) Freedom from Despair Draws Large Crowds in Ontario
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
» (E) Studying the Jewish community in Zagreb, book coming out
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated


Studying the Jewish community in Zagreb, book coming out

Someone you should know: Nila Ginger Hofman
by Jeannette Castillo
Staff Writer

A number of professors are involved in national and international communities, Dr. Nila Ginger Hofman, a professor in the department of anthropology, has been studying the Jewish community in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.

Dr. Hofman came to the United States in 1984 from the Netherlands. Dr. Hofman has been studying the Jewish community in Zagreb and, based on her involvement and hard work in the Jewish community, she will have a book coming out titled, “Renewed Survival: Jewish Community Life in Croatia.â€?

Dr. Hofman came to DePaul in the fall of 2001 and worked for the department of international studies for two years. She then joined the department of anthropology in the fall of 2003. “I really like teaching at DePaul which provides a great opportunity for students to learn outside of classroom through a number of courses including Discover and Explore Chicago. I also much enjoy the diverse body of students studying at DePaul,â€? said Dr. Hofman. “I have been involved with a number of action-based research projects in and around Chicago. Some of them have involved DePaul students as co-researchers. These projects range from working with women who inject heroin to undocumented immigrants.

“The objective of my courses is to inspire critical, creative and analytical thinking in students. DePaul’s focus on experiential and service learning allows me the opportunity to move learning and teaching outside of the classroom,â€? said Hofman.§id=1

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