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(E) Corpus separatum - Povijesni krug optuzbi - Josip Jovic
(E) The people who saved US pilots did so under tremendous personal risk
Povijesni krug optuzbi
Na najnovije prosirenje optuznica koje su stigle iz Haaga i kojima se optuzuju za smisljeni zlo
ki pothvat cijeli vojni i drzavni vrh, vojska, stranke, znani i neznani, prakti
ki narod u cjelini, vodei su politi
ari reagirali razli
ito. Ivo Sanader je priznao kako su ovaj put doista prijeene sve granice, Ra
an je optuzbu nazvao apsurdnom, dok je Stjepan Mesi u svom stilu vjerodostojnog agenta Carle del Ponte samo konstatirao kako "optuznica nije bas najprihvatljivija". Iznenaenja zapravo nema, bit prosirene optuznice sadrzana je i u svim ranijim optuzbama, na sto su ina
e upozoravali objektivni promatra
i, koji su, meutim, redovito proglasavani paranoicima, desni
arima i izolacionistima. Sada svi odjednom vide kako iz optuznice jasno proizlazi da je Oluja bila nelegitimna vojna akcija, kao sto je, naravno, nelegitimno i sve sto je proisteklo iz nje.
U Splitu smo isti dan kad je stigla optuznica morali otrpjeti optuzbu druge vrste i tezine, ali iste funkcije. Jacques Wunenburger, izaslanik Europske komisije na okruglom stolu posveenom Europi cijeloj je domaoj javnosti skresao u brk stilom kakvom nije pribjegavao ni Josip Broz, kako ovdje ima previse nacionalizma i euroskepticizma, premalo odusevljenja EU-u. Naravno, on nikada kao glasnogovornik slabo zamaskiranih imperijalnih interesa nee razumjeti kako je euroskepticizam odgovor na aroganciju i drskost EU birokracije kakvu je upravo on demonstrirao. I kako je nacionalizam obrambeni mehanizam malih naroda i, s druge strane, kako je nacionalizam etiketa kojom moni i bogati nastoje zbrisati i diskvalificirati slabe i siromasne. Slabasni odgovor premijera Sanadera sveo otprilike na slijedee: Dragi moj Jacques, nista vi ne brinite, bit e bolje, nagurat emo mi ovih pedeset na sedamdeset pet posto, kad za to doe vrijeme.
I dok Amerikanci u Beogradu uru
ise Trumanovo visoko odlikovanje obitelji Draze Mihailovia, osvjedo
enog borca protiv fasista, Hrvata i Muslimana, u Brooklynu, u Memorialnom parku holokausta Institut za istrazivanje zlo
ina u Jasenovcu koji su osnovale tamosnje srpske i zidovske zajednice podigose spomen-obiljezje na kojemu pise kako je u tom ustaskom logoru pogubljeno stotine tisua Srba, Zidova, Roma i ostalih. I dok je odli
je Drazi popraeno laganim prosvjednim notama iz Zagreba, newyorski spomenik ostao je bez krika i bijesa. Cijelu pri
u nadopunila je izvjestiteljica CNN-a, reporterka Cristiane Amanpour, povezavsi u izvjesu s pogreba Ivana Pavla II. kardinala Stepinca s ustaskim rezimom, i opet bez odgovarajue reakcije s hrvatske strane.
I obiljezavanje sezdesete obljetnice pobjede nad fasizmom u samoj Hrvatskoj, slu
ajno ili ne, uklopilo se u ukupni scenarij izravnih i neizravnih optuzbi,
ime kao da se zatvara jedan povijesni krug iz kojega nam se ne da izii. Dok su balti
ki i neki isto
noeuropski narodi i njihovi voe jasno kazali kako je oslobaanje od fasizma bio po
etak jedne druge okupacije, jedne druge tiranije, vala zlo
ina i terora, sto se nesumnjivo i s Hrvatskom dogodilo, u nas je antifasizam upravo izjedna
en s komunizmom, kult druga Tita visoko je iznova uzdignut, ulazak u Zagreb u partizane preobu
etnika koji su sijali smrt i nasilje predstavljen je kao osloboenje i pobjedu hrvatskog antifasizma. itavoj stvari svoj je pe
at dao upravo predsjednik drzave Stjepan Mesi, za kojega je sto tisua ubijenih nemonih ljudi tek incident. Njegovo
ak i krajnje relativizirano spominjanje zlo
ina u Bleiburgu naislo je na znakovitu sutnju i jasno neodobravanje okupljenih na sve
anoj akademiji u dvorani Vatroslav Lisinski, ispunjenoj antifasistima druge generacije, koji su na kraju rata mogli imati tek petnaest godina. Nakon svake provokativne tvrdnje koja je mogla zadovoljiti samo okupljene, Mesi bi duboko i s o
itom nelagodom usmrknuo, verbalno se snazno zauzimajui za istinu, rukovoen valjda onom izjavom starog cinika Winstona Churchilla, koji re
e kako je istina suvise vazna da se ne bi stitila lazima. Ideja jugoslavenskog patriotizma ostala je, za sada, lebdjeti negdje u zraku, jer za nju jos nisu sazreli svi uvjeti. Zato je u prvom redu sjedio Budimir Lon
ar, Predsjednikov specijalni savjetnik, neko prvi borac protiv emigracije i ministar vanjskih poslova Jugoslavije dok je vojska ove drzave razarala Vukovar.
Taj prenaglaseno intonirani govor o "antifasizmu", uz jasno orkestriranu sugestiju kako nacionalizam, fasizam i ustastvo kao glavni neprijatelji jos nisu pobijeeni, te uz preskakanje svih trauma i uz optuzivanje istinskog oslobodila
kog, Domovinskog rata, taj govor se doima kao poziv ili
ak kao nalog za povratak u stare okvire. A nas politi
ki vrh kao da svemu tome pomaze ili kao da ne vidi o
emu se tu radi.
(E) Charles Billich at the UN June 14-25, New York
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.
(E) Danijel Zezelj at Gardner Museum in Boston
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.
Meeting Servicing Unit
UN Room S1B-02
(E) Klapa Subrenum performing in Chicago on May 18th, 2005
(E) Sylvan Winds and Pedja Muzijevic at Carnegie May 25, 2005
(E) Jama Jandrokovic at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall
(E) Classical music's Sex and the City World Premiere of Five Lovers - FREE
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. Zezeljâ€™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 artistâ€™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 Museumâ€™s 13-year-old contemporary Artist-in-Residence program, presented in celebration of and by the museumâ€™s 50th Artist-in-Residence. Created in 1992 to continue Mrs. Gardnerâ€™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 artistsâ€™ 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 Museumâ€™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 â€“ featuring three consecutive Artist-in-Residence exhibitions and an unprecedented eight visiting contemporary artists.
(E) Freedom from Despair Draws Large Crowds in Ontario
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 www.jamajandrokovic.com 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,
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 www.lincolncenter.org
*To reserve your complimentary tickets please send an email to Linda Ward
firstname.lastname@example.org by May 18th. All tickets will be
left at the Alice Tully Box Office for pick up Â˝ hour before the performance.
For in-depth project information including sound files, poetry and more
please visit www.jamajandrokovic.com.