A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Представљање књиге Кринке Видаковић Петров Срби у Америци и њихова периодика

У малој сали Коларчеве задужбине, 20. октобра 2016. представљена је књига Кринке Видаковић Петров Срби у Америци и њихова периодика, Београд, 2007 (енглеско издање: Serbian Americans history – Culture – Press, Sebastian Press, Los Angeles 2015).

Кринка Видаковић-Петров, научник, професор, преводилац и дипломата, понудила је опсежну студију о Србима у Америци која пружа свеобухватни преглед доприноса српских имиграната америчкој историји. Преко две стотине година физичког а онда више од 120 година књижевног присуства – то је нешто чиме се мало који народ присутан у Америци може похвалити. Ово издање, доступно на оба језика, српском и енглеском, значајно је не само за имиграцију Срба у Америци него и за америчку историју у целини. Кринка нам описује зачетке штампане књиге, развој и разноликост књига сваке врсте: класична српска књижевност, збирке народних песама, политички памфлети, дела најранијих српско-америчких писаца у Америци (поезија, проза и позоришна дела), први преводи са енглеског на српски, књиге о српским имигрантима, речници, читанке, буквари итд. Дакле, писац се осврће не само на књиге, часописе и новине него и на остале публикације, попут календара, алманаха, мемоара итд., дајући подробне и живе коментаре о животу Срба у Америци. Током две стотине година многе новине и часописи су се појавили. Најбољи лист, амерички ”Србобран”, наставља да излази и представља и даље најбољу новину изван Српских земаља.

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The Basic Principle by Laza Kostic

By Milos Rastovic

The City Library “Karlo Bjelicki” of Sombor, Serbia published a book The Basic Principle (Osnovno nacelo) by Laza Kostic, the most distinguished Serbian poet, writer, philosopher, and translator. The English edition of this book was published in April of this year, while the critical edition in the original language (Serbian) was published last year, in 2015.

Laza Kostic was born in Kovilj, Serbia in 1841. He finished high school in Novi Sad and Pest (Budapest), and earned his Ph.D. at the Law School of Pest University, Austro-Hungary. He worked as a professor, journalist, and lawyer, and was later involved in political life in Serbia and Austro-Hungary. He was one of the most educated Serbian writers and polyglots - speaking seven languages (Greek, Latin, English, Russian, Hungarian, German, and French). According to many critics, he was the most important figure in the Serbian romantic poetry.

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The Forgotten 500

The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

(New American Library, August 2007)

By Gregory A. Freeman

One of the last untold stories of World War II is also one of the greatest - a story of adventure, daring, danger and heroics, followed by a web of conspiracy, lies, and coverup.

THE FORGOTTEN 500 is one of the greatest rescue and escape stories ever, but hardly anyone has heard about it. And that's by design. The U.S., British, and Yugoslav governments hid details of this story for decades, purposefully denying credit to the heroic rescuers and the foreign ally who gave his life to help allied airmen as they were hunted down by Nazis in the hills of Yugoslavia.

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Српски прота Милутин Тесла (1819–1879) отац Николе Тесле

Аутор: Милован Матић

Најзад прва књига о Милутину Тесли (Радуч, 1819 – Госпић, 1879), која доноси нова сазнања о пресудним утицајима оца Милутина на васпитање и образовање сина Николе.

Након дугогодишњих истраживања, аутор приказује целовиту биографију и све до сада пронађене радове, преписку и записе проте Милутина Тесле, српског националног радника, трибуна, проповедника, полиглоте, песника, просветитеља, оца генијалног Николе Тесле.

Милутин Тесла је дуго у неправедном и неоправданом забораву, иако то можда звучи парадоксално с обзиром да се његово име помиње у свим биографским записима о његовом сину Николи. Сем неких спорадичних страница на интернету, последњи озбиљнији текст о њему објављен је пре више од осамдесет година (1928), а академик Василије Крестић је нешто више осветлио његов боравак у Смиљану на основу новооткривених и драгоцених писама у својим радовима 2006. и 2009. године.

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Serbia in the Great War 1914-1918

Serbia in the Great War 1914-1918 is a book of facts based on well-known sources and documents. Affirming the sources and scholarly assessments, the truth about Serbia's efforts, the enormous number of victims from Serbia and its irreplaceable role in contribution to the freedom and development of the whole European continent, the authors of this book indirectly remind their contemporaries of the need for self-respect and the respect of victims who fell for the freedom of their countries and for historical experience. They also point to the value of wisdom and a mature attitude in these turbulent times.

English version - Amazon

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All Roads Lead to Jackson

Serbian American Contributions in Amador County, California, since the Gold Rush
Milina Jovanović offers a unique compilation of individual and family immigration stories that include enormous contributions to the development of California and significant community involvement. In this version of people’s history she chronicles how Serbian Americans have strengthened community, region, state, and country through the endeavors and struggles of 150 years. This book also focuses on women’s contributions that are too often overlooked. Ms. Jovanović’s study reveals that Jackson not only remains an original and symbolic home to Serbian Americans and Serbian Orthodox religion, but also an oasis where the Serbian community has preserved its positive reputation and social influence.

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Kad su cvetale japanske trešnje

Kad su cvetale japanske trešnjeWhen it comes to Japanese cherries, they are blossoming for the sake of beauty itself, without producing fruit. Author Vjekoslav Radović masterfully uses this metaphor throughout his remarkable new novel. Radović’s main characters are somewhat nostalgic, but primarily they are realists. Most of them are quite aware that in today’s world “only evil multiplies without any difficulty and beauty is rarely found, sometimes completely infertile.” Like its Serbian title, the novel blossoms early and beyond expectations. It blossoms to paradoxically show its beauty and positive messages, while describing the lives of people who experienced a lot of suffering, loss of a country, and seemingly unsolvable situations in the United States. How can a story about the Serbian suffering, the destiny of Kosovo, typical lives of American immigrants, a lonely Serbian man whose main motivation in life is revenge, the Albanian mafia in the Bronx, and other depressing topics also contain so much positive emotion, including tenderness? For those of us who know Radović this is not surprising, but for many readers this can be a great discovery.

We don’t have to wait for the spring to come and for Japanese cherry blossom festivals to celebrate the bravery and originality of ideas displayed in this novel. We can do that now. I would recommend to all readers to avoid reading plot summaries and let themselves be immersed into the reality of Radović’s characters. No summary does any justice to this complex and imaginative story. I was captivated immediately.

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Behind God's Back

Behind God's Back is the saga of a Serbian female physician's journey through the trials and travesties of World War I, World War II and the communist era. The story fills in historic gaps of these tumultuous events from a unique Balkan point of view; it highlights how small nations struggle to survive when caught in the direct pathway of major nations' ambitions.  A powerful and poignant love story that faces many challenges intertwines throughout the saga. Desa Jovanovic witnesses and experiences such misery in World War I that she decides to become a medical doctor. After the war, she wins a scholarship from Serbia's ally, France, to study medicine in Montpellier, France. Determined to take advantage of her scholarship, Desa keeps her nose to the grindstone regardless of the convivial atmosphere of Montpellier in the aftermath of the war. Despite her determined stance, she is intrigued with a tall, handsome Serbian law student, Danilo Marić, whom she must fight to win from a beautiful French student. After many setbacks, Desa captures the heart and love of Danilo and they're married in an early morning service in Belgrade.

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Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down Across Generations

Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down Across Generations is written by Vern Bengston, scholar of religion at the University of Southern California. The book examines continuity (or discontinuity) in "transmissions" of religious traditions and values from generation to generation within various American faith communities. What makes this book truly unique is that Vern Bengston and his colleagues followed the lives of about 350 extended families (3,500 individuals) for the period of nearly 40 years. This is largest ever study of religion and family across generations and many findings are quite surprising and challenge commonly accepted stereotypes.

The book is available on Amazon both as hardcopy and electronic book.

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People Directory

Miroslav Marcovich / Мирослав Марковић

Miroslav Marcovich, Professor Emeritus in the Department of the Classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was born in Belgrade on 18 March 1919. He died on 14 June 2001 at the age of 82. He is survived by his gracious wife Vera, whom he married on 30 May 1948 and who was to be the unfailing companion of the remainder of his life, and his son, Dr. Dragoslav (Michael) Marcovich, a chemist.

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God Views Us Through Love

by Ignatije (Midic), bishop of Branicevo-Pozarevac

The present volume collects essays and articles written by Bishop Ignatije on man within history and within the Church; on the roots of the Church according to Saint Maximus the Confessor; on how God views us through love; about a call to rediscover our true self in our neighbor; on reconciliation in society and policy; on iconising that which is to come seen in the Iconography of Stamatis Skliris.

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