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    Waves of Consolidated B-24 Liberators flying over the Concordia Vega oil refinery after dropping their bomb loads on the oil cracking plant, Ploesti, Rumania, 31 May 1944. Photo courtesy of www.local.gov [The Library of Congress]
     
    One of the most famous images of World War II shows The Sandman [a B-24 Liberator], piloted by Robert Sternfels, as it emerges from a pall of smoke during the TIDALWAVE mission August 1943. Photo courtesy of ww2today.com

    Aleksandra's Note: Essential to the story of the great WWII Halyard Mission Rescue Operation of 1944 is the significance of "PLOESTI" in Romania. The American and Allied Airmen who were sent on the bombing missions to take out Hitler's primary supply of oil in 1943 and 1944 were among the bravest men in the military forces. High up the sky with the enemy down below meant that at any moment the planes could be shot down and the airmen in those planes along with them. Where they would end up falling, if they survived at all, would be critical to their survival and their future.

    Fortunately for hundreds of these brave men, they ended up landing on Nazi occupied territory that happened to be filled with the Chetnik forces of Serbian General Draza Mihailovich and the Serbian people loyal to them.

    "Remembering Ploesti", an article published in National Review in August of 2013, provides the context in which one of the greatest and most heroic stories of World War Two happened.

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    Aleksandra Rebic
    March 2016

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    National Review
    By Robert Zubrin
    August 3, 2013

    Remembering Ploesti
     
    It underscores the importance of liberating America’s potential to produce transportation fuels.
     
    This week [August, 2013] marks the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Army Air Corps raid on Ploesti, Romania, one of the most heroic episodes in the history of military aviation.

    As a result of the twin victories of the Soviets at Stalingrad and of the British at El Alamein in November 1942, the Germans lost their bids to seize either the oil fields of the Caucasus or those of the Middle East. The fuel resources of the Third Reich were thus drastically limited, with the principal supports being the synthetic-oil facilities at Leuna in central Germany and the Romanian oil fields at Ploesti. If these were knocked out, the Nazis would lose their ability to wage mechanized warfare, and their empire would be doomed to rapid collapse.
     
    General Carl Spaatz, of the U.S. Army Air Corps, was the first high-ranking Allied officer to perceive this German weakness, and he started to push for what became known as “the Oil Plan.” But Spaatz was up against the British — who believed that air power could be used to greatest effect in breaking enemy morale through assaults on cities — as well as other American officers who saw greater merit in hitting targets such as aircraft factories, ball-bearing plants, hydroelectric dams, and transport centers. Going around the normal channels, however, Spaatz managed to gain the direct support of President Roosevelt, who approved his plan to launch one very daring raid on Ploesti.
     
    So, on August 1, 1943, the U.S. Army Air Corps launched 177 B-24 Liberator bombers from airfields in Benghazi to hit the Romanian oil refineries. Because the round-trip distance to the target and back was over 2,000 miles, no fighter escort was possible, and the bombers came in alone, at treetop level. Waiting for them were over 200 scrambled German fighters and a network of hundreds of defensive positions equipped with 88-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, all manned and ready.
     
    Seeing this reception committee, the raid’s commander, Brigadier General Uzal Ent, is reported to have said, “If nobody comes back, the results will be worth the cost.”
     
    Assailed by the swarming fighters, the Liberators, flying at altitudes as low as 30 feet, dodged among the refinery smokestacks to deliver their loads while taking fire from flak guns firing down on them from the surrounding hillsides. As the oil tanks exploded, more planes were lost flying through the flames. The havoc on the ground was incredible. In less than half an hour, 40 percent of Ploesti’s capacity was destroyed. But only 89 of the Liberators made it home.
     
    The heavy losses experienced at Ploesti deterred the Americans from trying again — for a while. But by the spring of 1944, the Army Air Corps had the P-51 Mustang, a fighter equipped with drop tanks that gave it the range needed to protect Allied bombers striking targets deep within Germany. With this capability in hand, Spaatz set his sights on Leuna.
     
    At last, the general got his wish. On May 12, 1944, the Army Air Corps struck the Farben synthetic-fuel plants with a devastating 935-bomber attack. With that one raid, the German fuel position collapsed. It was a deathblow to the Reich.
     
    In his memoir, Inside the Third Reich, the Nazi minister of armaments and industry, Albert Speer, provides a compelling inside view of the collapse of Hitler’s empire following the Farben raid. Here is what he says:
     
    "I shall never forget the date May 12. . . . On that day the technological war was decided. Until then we had managed to produce approximately as many weapons as the armed forces needed. . . . But with the attack of nine hundred and thirty-five daylight bombers of the American Eighth Air Force upon several fuel plants in central and eastern Germany, a new era in the air war began. It meant the end of German armaments production.
     
    "The next day, along with technicians of the bombed Leuna Works, we groped our way through a tangle of broken and twisted pipe systems. The chemical plants had proved to be extremely sensitive to bombing; even optimistic forecasts could not envisage production being resumed for weeks. . . .
     
    "After I had taken measure of the consequences of the attack, I flew to Obersalzberg, where Hitler received me in the presence of General Keitel. I described the situation in these words: “The enemy has struck us at one of our weakest points. If they persist at it this time, we will soon no longer have any fuel production worth mentioning. Our one hope is that the other side has an air-force general staff as scatterbrained as ours.”
     
    Speer’s wish was not granted. The Americans kept at it. On May 28, they hit Leuna again, and on the following day they blasted Ploesti to pieces. More raids followed. Again, Speer: “On June 22, nine-tenths of the production of airplane fuel was knocked out; only six hundred and thirty-two metric tons were produced daily. . . . On July 21, . . . we were down to one hundred and twenty tons’ daily production — virtually done for. Ninety-eight percent of our aircraft-fuel plants were out of operation.”
     
    The consequences of the fuel cutoff were felt quickly. In 1944, Nazi Germany actually produced 39,807 military aircraft and 22,100 tanks. But they were nearly useless for lack of fuel.
     
    Speer says: “In July, I had written to Hitler that by September all tactical movements would necessarily come to a standstill for lack of fuel. Now this prediction was being confirmed.” He goes on to describe how the Luftwaffe was virtually grounded, and even training new pilots had become impossible because there was no fuel for flight practice.
     
    “Meanwhile,” Speer continues, “the army, too, had become virtually immobile because of the fuel shortage. At the end of October, I reported to Hitler after a night journey to the Tenth Army south of the Po. There I encountered a column of a hundred and fifty trucks, each of which had four oxen hitched to it. . . . Early in December, I expressed concern that ‘the training of tank drivers leaves much to be desired’ because they ‘have no fuel for practicing.’ General Jodl, of course, knew even better than I how great the emergency was. In order to free seventeen and a half thousand tons of fuel — formerly the production of two and a half days — for the Ardennes offensive, he had begun withholding fuel from other army groups on November 10, 1944.”
     
    The hoarding didn’t do them any good. The last German attempt at Blitzkrieg warfare, known to Americans as the Battle of the Bulge, ended in a total debacle when the First SS Panzer division failed in its attempt to seize the American fuel depot at Stavelot, and the entire offensive ran out of gas right on the battlefield.
     
    Imperial Japan was also brought to its knees by fuel deprivation. While the Japanese did manage to capture the huge oil fields of the Dutch East Indies in early 1942 and to bring them into operation despite considerable wrecking done by retreating Allied forces, by 1943 the Japanese could no longer move the oil effectively from Indonesia to Japan, as the result of the sinking of their tanker fleet by U.S. submarines. This created extreme fuel shortages in the Japanese home islands and made it impossible to train new pilots adequately. The results were naval disasters, including the lopsided engagement known to Americans as the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot, in June 1944, in which the Japanese lost 273 planes against 29 for the Americans, and the even more catastrophic destruction of the Imperial fleet at Leyte Gulf in October.
     
    Their navy all but gone, the Japanese were helpless against the American advance. Their garrisons isolated, one island fell after another. Then, on August 6, 1945, a single American bomber arrived over the city of Hiroshima. Although Japan had produced over 11,000 aircraft during 1945, the Enola Gay needed no fighter escort, for none of the Japanese planes had any fuel with which to fly. One bomb was dropped, and in an atomic flash the city was destroyed. After the attack on Nagasaki three days later, Japan surrendered.
     
    This brings us to the present day.
     
    America currently faces a foe whose power rests almost exclusively on its control over oil. It is the revenue from oil that is allowing Saudi Arabia to finance the global propagation of the Islamofascist movement as well as the purchase of ownership and influence in many Western corporations and governments, including our own. It is revenue from oil that is providing Iran with the wherewithal to develop the nuclear weapons that will give its Hezbollah terrorists — who are now expanding their operations to the Western Hemisphere — the capacity to slaughter millions of people. It is our dependence on the oil controlled by such enemy powers that is preventing us from undertaking effective action against them. It is their control over oil vital to us that allows the Islamists to laugh in the face of our complaints, as they teach terrorism, sharpen their nuclear knives, and call for our doom.
     
    In World War II, we controlled the oil. In this war, the enemy does. This is an unacceptable situation, because it places our fate in the hands of people who want to kill us. In World War II, we had no compunction about destroying the Nazi fuel-making facilities at Ploesti and Leuna, or about systematically sinking the Japanese tanker fleet, because we didn’t need their oil. As we have seen, those attacks were incredibly effective in breaking the enemy’s power. On May 12, 1944, the day of the Leuna raid, the Third Reich ruled an empire comprising nearly all of continental Europe, with a collective population and industrial potential exceeding that of the United States. A year later, it did not exist. Once Japan’s tanker fleet was sunk, the collapse of its empire was almost as fast. Today we are confronted by an enemy without a shadow of the armaments of the Axis; all the Islamist countries have is oil. Were we to destroy that power, they would be left with nothing at all. But we can’t hit them where it would truly hurt, because our economy needs their oil to survive.
     
    During World War II, the United States produced twice as much oil as the entire rest of the world put together. That is why our side won. Today we produce one-twelfth as much. That is our crucial, and potentially fatal, strategic weakness. It cannot be remedied by government programs to spy on American citizens. It can be remedied only by fully liberating America’s potential to produce liquid transportation fuels, both by increasing oil production and by opening the market to methanol, which can be readily made from our vast coal and natural-gas resources.
     
    The crux of the matter comes down to this: Do we want to win, or lose? The issue at stake in energy security is not whether the price of gasoline will be $3 per gallon or $5 per gallon, or which fuel gives off more or less carbon dioxide emissions, or whether requirements that cars give consumers fuel choice conform to pure free-market principles. The issue is who will determine the future of humanity. Do we want to have the enemy’s fate in our hands, or do we want to leave ours in theirs?
     
    Such is the lesson of Ploesti.
     
     
    — Robert Zubrin is president of Pioneer Energy and the author of Energy Victory. His latest book, Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism, was published in 2012 by Encounter Books.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/355074/remembering-ploesti-robert-zubrin


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    Драги пријатељи,

    "Српски народ је 27. марта 1941. године однео велику победу и дао највећи допринос у сламању Сила осовина и победи уједињене антифашистичке коалиције у Другом светском рату. Исти догађај померио је немачки напад на Совјетски Савез за тачно пет недеља што се касније испоставило као пресудно за пораз на Источном фронту.

    "Позивам Вас да заједно погледамо изложбу „27. март – узроци и последице“ историчара кустоса Народног музеја у Нишу Небојше Озимића и Ивана Митића у Галерији „Синагога“, у петак, 25. марта, са почетком у 18:00."


    Александар Динчић
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    Udruženje „Dragačevo – Jovan Bojović“ iz Dragačeva u saradnji sa izdavačem „Grafoplast plus“ iz Užica nedavno je objavilo knjigu Mladomira Ćurčića „Parastos u Klisuri – Zločinci sa potpisom žrtve“. U naslovu  knjige pomenut je događaj iz novije istorije starog srednjovjekovnog manastira Svetih Arhangela Mihaila i Gavrila iz atara sela Dobrače, poznatog i kao manastir Klisura, koji će izazavati veliku pažnju ne samo poznavaoca prošlosti ovog kraja, ne samo onih „neobaveštenih# već i onih koji su tu prošlost kreirali i uklopili u ideološke okvire posleratne istorije.


    Manastir Klisura, smešten u klisuri reke Moravice,na sredokraći između Arilja i Ivanjice, sagrađen  krajem XII i početkom XIII vijeka u doba Nemanjića, imao je burnu prošlost. Palili su ga i Turci i Austrougari, devastirali i bugarski okupatori, ali je manastir  odolevajući svim nedaćama iz prošlosti opstao do  danas u svoj svojoj lepoti, kao luča, svetleći put  novim naraštajima.


    Polazeći od  jednog događaja koji se desio  29. juna 2014. godine u porti ovog manastira kada je u prisustvu episkopa Šumadijskog Jovana (Mladenovića), tada administratora Žičke eparhije osvećena dvodelna spomen ploča sa imenima stradalih meštana sela Dobrača u ratovima od Karađorđevog vremena do završetka Drugog svetskog rata, Mladomir Ćurčić je pokrenuo lavinu, koja je više od sedamdeset godina tinjala u srcima retkih, ali istinoljubivih ljudi ovoga kraja.


    Deo  ploče ispisane imenima stradalih dobračana od Prvog srpskog ustanka do kraja Prvog svetskog rata  nije predmet ove knjige, već onaj drugi, koji se odnosi na stradanje dobračana tokom Drugog svetskog rata. Na ovom spisku iznad koga stoji natpis „Pali za otadžbinu“ su imena 53 osobe, među kojima ima pripadnika Vojske Kraljevine Jugoslavije, civila, partizana, pripadnika JVuO, Srpske državne straže i tzv. NOV, odnosno Jugoslovenske armije.


    Ovaj spisak, koji autor podrobno  analizira  ne bi bio nesvakidašnji na ovim našim prostorima i našoj stvarnosti u kojoj je u  glavama prosečnog čoveka sve pomešano upravo pod parolom „Pali za otadžbinu“, da se na spisku osvještanom u porti manastira Klisura, ne nalaze i oni koji su direktno ili indirektno učestvovali u najvećoj pohari ovog manastira od turskih vremena i koji su tokom tog  rata ubili 22 mještana ovog sela.




    Na ovom spisku je i ime „narodnog heroja“ dobračanina Milosava Mića Matovića, koji po rečima autora „nije ruinirao hramove, crkve i manastire ni u Rusiji, ni u Grčkoj ili Južnoj Americi, pa da mi ne znamo ni detalje niti razloge njegovih postupaka. Nije to  radio čak ni u drugim delovima Kraljevine Jugoslavije... Mićo je to uradio u svom selu. Uradio je to da bi dokazao i sebi i drugima, da manastir Klisura nije deo njegove duhovnosti. Učinio je to pred svedocima, svojim drugovima kako bi im pokazao koliko je duboka njegova nova vera. Uradio je sve suprotno od, kako smo videli većine lica koja se nalaze na spomen-ploči.“


    Događaj od 9.decembra 1941. godine, kada su partizani oskrnavili manastir Klisuru, kada su ga opljačkali, kada su silovali pa ubili iskušenicu Đenadiju Đorđević je početak priče Mladomira Ćurčića, o srpskoj goglgoti, koja na žalost traje i danas, a čiji epilog je postavljanje spomen ploče i njeno sveštanje u porti manastira Klisura 29. juna 2014. Ovaj čin je dokaz koliko smo daleko od vremena kada će zločinci poput Viktora Zevnika, Dragog i Radiše Mihailovića, kao direktnih izvršilaca  zločina, poput naredbodavaca kakav je bio Mićo Matović, bar i formalno odgovarati pred sudom istorije.


    Priča o stradanju manastira Klisura ni ovim događajem se ne završava, jer se ona nastavlja u posleratnom teroru komunističke vlasti, oduzimanjem ogromnog zemljišnog  manastirskog kompleksa o čemu Mladomir Ćurčić piše  do detalja navodeći i imena onih, koje je država nagradila oduzetom zemljom. Njegov istraživački pristup je za svaku pohvalu i može poslužiti kao primer mladim istraživačima, koji će, nadamo se, nepristrasno, daleko od vremena događaja ispisivati stranice srpske istorije, prikazujući pobedu internacionalnog komunizma kao najveći srpski poraz u istoriji – veći i od kosovske katastrofe.


    Mladomir Ćurčić je hrabar i beskompromisan istraživač, koji je ovom knjigom ponudio na uvid javnosti  jedan detalj, koji samo potvrđuje generalnu sliku naše stvarnosti.








    Redakcija
    www.savremenaistorija.com




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    "The little known story of the largest rescue mission of World War II…Based on the testimony of hundreds of American Airmen comes a story of bravery, betrayal, and hope… By the summer of 1943, Hitler had ruthlessly occupied most of Europe. Determined to stop him, the Allies are stepping up their attacks on the Romanian Ploesti Oil Fields. For Lieutenant’s O’Donnell and Petrovich of the 15th Air Force, this flight was just one mission closer to ending this God forsaken war. However, when the Nazis attack, tragedy strikes and nothing is ever the same again. Back at the Allied base in Italy, Lieutenant Petrovich refuses to believe that O’Donnell is dead. Fighting his way through a merciless web of deception and governmental red tape, he is desperate to convince the Royal Air Force to approve a seek and find mission. Convinced that a mission would be suicide, they refuse. Stranded in Yugoslavia and unsure of what awaits him, O’Donnell is taken on a journey for miles through the mountains, hills and forests of Serbia. When he arrives, he is shocked at what he finds. Unsure of anything anymore, O’Donnell tries to survive behind enemy lines and finds himself fighting for a cause that he never thought would be his. Surrounded by tens of thousands of Nazis, an evacuation seems impossible and O’Donnell’s time is quickly running out. Based on actual events and one of the best kept secrets of US history, Betrayed Valor tells the story of one of the largest and most daring rescue missions of World War II-Operation Halyard."


    About the author: Born in Northwest Indiana to Serbian immigrant parents, Anda was exposed to the events of Mission Halyard at an early age. Fascinated with history she is convinced that we need to understand our past to make a better future. She hopes her books inspire her readers to learn more. Anda and her family currently reside in Arizona where she is proud to call herself a soccer mom.


    Available on Amazon at:
    http://www.amazon.com/Betrayed-Valor-Heroes-Mission-Halyard/dp/1619844338/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1456099441&sr=1-1&keywords=betrayed+valor





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    Image courtesy of "Opanak" on Facebook March 24, 2016

    Aleksandra's note:Many things could be said in remembrance of the 78 day NATO bombing campaign against America's loyal ally Serbia that began on this day, March 24, in 1999 and lasted until June 10 of that spring. That is a springtime that the Serbians
    both in the homeland and throughout the world will never forget. I'll let the world champion Novak Djokovic say it for so many of us.


    Many thanks to Vera Dragisich for providing the English translation.


    Sincerely,
    Aleksandra Rebic
    March 24, 2016


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    To never forget when NATO bombed Serbia 17 years ago on March 24, 1999 with these inspirational words from Serbian hero and legend Novak Djokovic:


    "I was just a child in 1999 when NATO was destroying my country without any real basis. I swore to myself that I would defeat that same world in my own way and here I am today. That destruction did not destroy me, nor my people. They did not break our soul and we are yet joyful despite our problems. That is victory."


    Novak Djokovic



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    Simon Wiesenthal Center
    March 28, 2016


    Jerusalem- The Simon Wiesenthal Center today called for sanctions to be leveled against Croatian football supporters in the wake of numerous fascist and anti-Semitic chants by local fans at the Israeli-Croatian friendly match held in Osijek, Croatia last Wednesday [March 23, 2016].



    In a statement issued here by its director for Eastern European Affairs Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center noted that Croatian fans had expressed identification with the Ustasha fascist regime which ruled Croatia during World War II and orchestrated the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent Serbs, Jews, Roma and anti-fascist Croatians.


    According to Zuroff:


    "Chants of Za dom spremni (Ready for the homeland) and Mi Hrvati! Ustasha, Ustasha! (We Croatians! Ustasha, Ustasha!) clearly express support for a country whose government organized the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of its minorities and political opponents. The fact that no one sought to stop these chants or take any measures against those shouting them, including Prime Minister Orešković, or any of the Croatian ministers or officials of the Croatian Football Association, constitutes a badge of shame for Croatia."


    The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Palatino).


    For more information, please contact the Israel Office of the Wiesenthal Center:


    Tel: 972-2-563-1274 or Tel: 972-50-721-4156. Join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter feed.


    VIDEO:
    Hrvatska - Izrael 2:0 / FULL / 23-3-2016
    Croatia - Israel 2:0 / FULL GAME / March 23, 2016
    Posted on You Tube by: "DAJGLE tv"
    Published on Mar 23, 2016











    https://youtu.be/8f9TWqwkR_Y


    http://www.wiesenthal.com/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=lsKWLbPJLnF&b=8776547&ct=14838803&notoc=1




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    Aleksandra's Note:75 years ago, on March 25, 1941, in an attempt to save herself from the onslaught of the Nazi war machine, Yugoslavia joined the Tripartite Pact, the Axis military alliance forged by Germany, Italy, and Japan in September of 1940, which was subsequently joined by Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and later, the Independent State of Croatia. This action taken by the Yugoslav government in Belgrade on March 25, 1941 inspired massive protests and demonstrations in Serbia against joining the Axis Pact, and "the people" were successful. On March 27, 1941, just a couple of days later, the Yugoslav government was overthrown in a coup d'état that would have massive ramifications for all the peoples of Yugoslavia in the weeks and years that followed. Although many who were witnesses to that tumultuous period of time are no longer with us, we are blessed that some of those witnesses are still living to tell their own personal story of a pivotal few days in history that continue to have profound implications today, 75 years later.


    Many thanks to Mr. Stevan Pirocanac of Wisconsin who shared these memories of March 1941.


    Sincerely,
    Aleksandra Rebic


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    Fountain with the "Unlucky Fisherman" by Serbian sculptor  Simeon Roksandic was placed in Kalemegdan Park in Belgrade, Serbia in 1912.


    The "Unlucky Fisherman" and three Serbian schoolmates protesting against Yugoslavia joining the Tripartite Pact in March of 1941.

    By Stevan Pirocanac

    Whenever I see this photograph I remember March 26th, 1941.


    On that day in Beograd and in many cities of Serbia, people demonstrated against the signing of the pact with Germany, and we, the students of different schools, took part in the demonstrations. We, from the Third Male Gymnasium, were unable to do it before noon, since we were stopped and forced to flee, when together we tried to leave our school yard and march toward the center of the city. Nearby was a police station, and the gendarmes, using the butt end of their guns and clubs, did their "job" very successfully. So, we were told that we all should meet after lunch in the big park in Belgrade called Kalemegdan.


    After lunch, this time going down the side streets, my schoolmates Branko Boranijasevic and Aleksandar Zurzul and I arrived at the park. To our surprise, we were the only ones there. Uncertain what to do, we stood close to that fountain of the "unlucky fisherman", and all of a sudden we were surrounded by police agents who were yelling at us and clearly ready to arrest us. We managed to, for a moment, escape. We ran to the streetcar that had just stopped at the stop closest to us and jumped on. But, the agents got to the streetcar, too, and yanked us out. They put a thick chain around my and Branko's wrists, while around Zurzul's wrists they clamped a pair of regular handcuffs. We were taken to the main police station, where we spent at least 7 hours, until they let us go home.

    So, you can judge for yourself that I have really good reasons to remember what happened on that particular day in March of 1941 so many years ago. Later, Branko was killed by the Yugoslav Partisans in May 0f 1944, while he was with the Chetniks, and Zurzul lost his life as a political commissar, also in May, but in 1945, as a Partisan.


    Stevan Pirocanac
    April 4, 2016
    Wisconsin, U.S.A.




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    ОТВОРЕНО ПИСМО СРПСКОЈ ЈАВНОСТИ
    ПОВОДОМ ПРОЦЕСА МИЛАНУ НЕДИЋУ


    Други светски рат на простору Југославије објекат је политичких и идеолошких интерпретација већ дуже од 70 година. Прво се о њему писало према партијском диктату, на начин који је прописао лично Јосип Броз Тито у свом реферату на 5. конгерсу КПЈ 1948. године. Упрошћено речено, политички диктат гласио је да су сви учесници рата осим партизана фашисти, чиме је одузета част и право на будућност. Комунистичка историографија деценијама је следила ову инструкцију, истовремено се борећи да се ослободи идеолошких стега. Из времена комунизма остало је и, за тоталитарне режиме и друштва, каратеристично уверење да су политичари позвани да коментаришу догађаје и процесе који иначе спадају у домен историјске науке и судова. Тиме се, и након 70 година од краја рата, он и даље изнова догађа и тумачи према актуелним политичким потребама. Да ли ће прошлост у Србији икада бити остављена на тумачење професионалцима остаје да видимо.

    Схватање прошлости, а посебно Другог светског рата, прошло је у Србији неколико ревизија. Она прва, антикомунистичка, с почетка 90-их година прошлог века, такође је била обележена идеолошким тумачењима и прекрајањем истине према потребама актуелног политичког тренутка. Она је само продубила поделе у друштву и поново удаљила прошлост од науке. Чини се, ипак, да у последњих 10–20 година, расте број оних који се према прошлости односе поштено, стручно и научно, што се може посматрати и као ревизија ревизије историје.

    Но ревизија историје ипак није појава која се јавља само код Срба и других југословенских народа. На примеру недавних обележавања 100-годишњице Видовданског атентата и почетка Првог светског рата видело се колики су политички интереси појединих савремених европских држава да своју прошлост прикажу другачијом и лепшом него што је била. Сведоци смо да се сличан процес одвија и у вези са Другим светским ратом, и то већ извесно време. У њему доминира немачки утицај на ревизију прошлости, који представља комбинацију усиљене политичке коректности и малициозних, неутемељених интерпретација чији је циљ да релативизују немачку одговорност за догађаје из Другог светског рата. На овој активности, свесно или несвесно, ангажован је велики број историчара, политиколога, социолога, као и готово све фондације немачких политичких партија (Роза Луксембург штифтунг, Хајнрих Бел штифтунг, Конрад Аденауер штифтунг и друге).

    Први резултат је политичка коректност о нацистима и Трећем Рајху. Тако ћете у интернационалним уџбеницима за средњу школу, у лекцијама посвећеним нацистичкој Немачкој, обавезно наћи и податак да нису сви Немци били нацисти, него свега око 10% њих. Исти уџбеници садрже и лекције о одређеним тајним анти-нацистичким друштвима и покретима, иако ни једно од њих није имало ни бројност, ни јасан политички програм, ни већи историјски значај.

    Други резултат је много више уочљив и у Србији. Српски национализам готово се без изузетка тумачи као нешто блажа верзија нацизма, уз извлачење „историјских вертикала злочина“ које сведоче о тобоже геноцидној природи Срба током целе њихове историје. Овако паушалне и малициозне интерпретације могу се наћи и у тиражним памфлетима америчког лекара Филипа Коена, али и у књизи Холма Зундхаузена, који је до скоро био један од највећих живих европских историчара. У њиховим књигама, али и новијим издањима које у Србији претежно финансира фондација Роза Луксембург, Срби су одговорни за геноцид над Ромима и Холокауст Јевреја, иако су и сами, уз поменуте народе – српске пријатеље и комшије – били процентуално међу највећим жртвама Другог светског рата, нацизма и фашизма. Четници су, у овим књигама, као и у делима с почетка Титове владе, поново фашисти и кољачи, а њихов антифашистички ангажман и допринос минимизују се или уопште и не помињу. У пројекту око београдског Сајмишта (заправо немачког логора „Земун“) говори се о одговорности Недића и његове владе за Холокауст, а кривица окупатора и усташа (на чијој се територији, узгред буди речено, поменути логор и налазио) умањују се и релативизују.

    Кривицу и историјску улогу Милана Недића одредиће суд и историјска наука. Крајње је време да се Други светски рат заврши, политички притисци утихну и прошлост остави онима који се њоме професионално баве.


    Александар Недић
    У Београду, 5. априла 2016.



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    www.serbia.com
    April 6, 2016




    It was 1941, April, when the smell of gunpowder, smoke and ashes ruined one of the most beautiful months in Belgrade. The serenity of this spring morning was disrupted by the sounds of German planes and death-dealing projectiles. The streets were resonating with spine-chilling sounds and deafening fear. The most devastating attack in the history of the Serbian capital – the Nazi bombing of Belgrade – had just begun.


    [Without war being declared or a warning sent by the Nazis, the Germans attacked on the 6th of April, 1941], and the capital of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia lost a significant part of its residential buildings and infrastructure as well as many cultural monuments. Over 200 German bombers flew over Belgrade on that hellish morning. In four air strikes they deployed over 360 tons of bombs. However, the devastation didn’t end here.




    In the following two days, 484 aircraft took part in the attack on Belgrade and of these, 234 were bombers and 120 were fighter aircraft. The precise number of casualties remains unknown but it is supposedly around the 2,274 mark. The German estimates of the Yugoslav casualties were between 1,500 and 1,700.


    In these cruel attacks on Belgrade, the parts of the city around the Main railway station, Slavija, Senjak, the city centre and the Terazije square, governmental buildings in Nemanjina street and those in Knez Miloš street, and most of the residential area in Dorćol were severely damaged. The National Library, once located in Kosančićev venac, was completely destroyed, with over 300,000 books (which was the entire library fund) including invaluable copies, lost in the fire.




    According to Darko Ćirić, a renowned historian, out of 19,641 buildings which existed in Belgrade before the war, 9,365 were destroyed or damaged. 8,000 families were left without a roof over their heads.


    According to numerous historical experts, the April attack was Hitler’s retribution for the 27th of March, 1941 when the ruling trio of Cvetković-Maček and the regent Pavle Karađorđević were overthrown [in a coup] for signing a pact with Germany. This is why many think that the bombing was Hitler’s personal vengeance and therefore had a political-terrorist character.


    The coup of March 27 basically determined the fate of Yugoslavia and paved its road to the group of countries opposing Nazi Germany. As soon as news of the coup reached the people, in Belgrade and in the whole of Yugoslavia, mass street demonstrations took place in support of the coup.


    "Bolje rat nego pakt” (roughly translated “Better a war than the pact”) and“Bolje grob nego rob” (“Better the grave than a slave”) were the words that marked the famous coup. Soon after, Winston Churchill, Britain’s leader, stated that “Yugoslavia found its soul.” [Shortly after that, the brutal attacks by Germany began.] Yugoslavia was torn into pieces and the Nazi occupiers formed the so-called Independent state of Croatia...



    The Yugoslav army capitulated on the 17th of April.


    http://www.serbia.com/360-tons-bombs-day-75-yrs-since-devastating-belgrade-bombing/




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    Miroslav Michael Djordjevich
    Director and President of the Studenica Foundation

    Aleksandra's Note: Mr. Michael Djordjevich is someone I've known many years now, who epitomizes what it means to be a real Serb. 75 years after the bombing of Belgrade by the Germans on an early Sunday morning in the spring of 1941, Michael Djordjevich still remembers a childhood in which he woke up to the nightmare of the Nazi attack on his homeland.

    Sincerely,
    Aleksandra Rebic
    April 2016

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    Miroslav (Michael)
     and his father Dragoslav Djordjevich [Georgevich]
    in Belgrade, early 1941.
    Photo courtesy of Michael Djordjevich

    "This date, April 6, I will never forget in this (or any other) life. Early that morning, I woke up petrified by the sound of bombs being dropped on Belgrade by the German air force, the Luftwaffe. Our house was shaking as if in a great earthquake.  I was only 5 years old, but I still essentially recall everything that took place that day. My life changed in a minute, as did the lives of millions of Serbs.  A new life, a tragic one began.

    So much for that anniversary. I believe that this criminal Nazi attack on civilians without a declaration of war against the Serbs should not be forgotten. Moreover, it should also not be forgotten by Serbs that NATO, with the participation of the Luftwaffe and once again without a declaration of war, also bombed Belgrade and Serbia  on the same date some 17 years ago, in 1999.

    Michael
    April 6, 2016

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    Miroslav Michael Djordjevich was born in Belgrade, Dorcol, where he graduated from high school “Prva muška gimnazija”, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1956. Working as a manual laborer, he saved enough money for his education and enrolled the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated in Banking and Finance in 1960, and met his future wife Marie from San Francisco. When he finished his post-graduate studies in 1993, they got married. They have three children.

    During the 80’s, with the partnership of the several major financial companies in America, he founded two financial firms: USF&G Financial Security and its successor - Capital Guaranty Company, which entered at the New York Stock Exchange in 1993. During the first decade, under his leadership, Capital Guaranty was involved in financing $18 billion in various infrastructure projects in America.  Later on, he founded an international bank in the United States and expanded operations successfully in former Yugoslavia.

    In late 1999, to help unite the democratic opposition to implement the transition to democracy in Serbia, he initiated and organized the Sentandrea Congress in Hungary, which was the first official meeting between all-Serbian diaspora and democratic leaders in Serbia since 1944.

    Together with two distinguished Serbian families, Vidak Chelovich’s from Detroit and Bora Vukovich’s from Denver, in 1993, he founded the
    Studenica Foundation, and has been its chairman since.

    In 1969, Djordjevich received the Americanism Medal from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and in 1967 the Excellence Award of the American Security Council.

    Djordjevich’s endeavors were also recognized in his homeland.  In 2002, he was honored with The Order of the Yugoslav Flag of the second degree for his patriotic work abroad, and later he was awarded with the Order of Nemanja (II Degree) for “nurturing and expanding ties between the Serbian Diaspora and the Homeland and for selfless aid and humanitarian contributions to his people.”

    Since 1983, he has been included in Who’s Who in America.

    Along with his extremely active business and public life, Djordjevich was the author of many professional and other publications. Among them is his book of essays, “About Happy Living” and book of poetry.



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    Politika
    April 24, 2016


    Папа Фрања лично је зауставио канонизацију Алојзија Степинца након писма које му је упутио патријарх Иринеј, изјавио је бивши хрватски амбасадор у Ватикану Филип Вучак.


    (Фото Ројтерс)

    Према његовим речима, заједничка комисија Католичке и Православне цркве почеће расправу о томе „пре лета”, али не може да се предвиди када би могла бити донета одлука.


    Он је за Вечерње Новости нагласио да је патријарх Иринеј у писму јасно рекао да сматра да је реч о високом свештенику који је подржавао НДХ, насилно покрштавао православне вернике и подржавао расне законе.


    То је други такав случај у Католичкој цркви, каже Вучак, а сигурно је само да до краја рада комисије папа Фрања неће доносити одлуке о Степинцу.


    Описујући дешавања у априлу 2014., Вучак је рекао да је било „крајње драматично” и да је један део кардинала био сигуран да ће Степинац бити канонизован, али је за папу Фрању то писмо било сигнал за узбуну, и проверу информација из Београда.


    Он је додао да је потом на адресу Ватикана стигло и писмо председника Србије Томислава Николића, а онда још једно писмо патријарха Иринеја.


    „Папа је тада одлучио да предложи оснивање мешовите комисије која ће детаљно размотрити живот и рад кардинала Степинца”, рекао је Вучак, а пренео Танјуг.


    http://www.politika.rs/scc/clanak/353731/%D0%92%D1%83%D1%87%D0%B0%D0%BA-%D0%9F%D0%B0%D0%BF%D0%B0-%D0%A4%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%9A%D0%B0-%D0%BB%D0%B8%D1%87%D0%BD%D0%BE-%D0%B7%D0%B0%D1%83%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%B8%D0%BE-%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B7%D0%B0%D1%86%D0%B8%D1%98%D1%83-%D0%A1%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BF%D0%B8%D0%BD%D1%86%D0%B0


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    Politika
    April 24, 2016


    Vučak: Papa Franja lično zaustavio kanonizaciju Stepinca


    Papa Franja lično je zaustavio kanonizaciju Alojzija Stepinca nakon pisma koje mu je uputio patrijarh Irinej, izjavio je bivši hrvatski ambasador u Vatikanu Filip Vučak.


    Photo: Reuters

    Prema njegovim rečima, zajednička komisija Katoličke i Pravoslavne crkve počeće raspravu o tome „pre leta”, ali ne može da se predvidi kada bi mogla biti doneta odluka.

    On je za Večernje Novosti naglasio da je patrijarh Irinej u pismu jasno rekao da smatra da je reč o visokom svešteniku koji je podržavao NDH, nasilno pokrštavao pravoslavne vernike i podržavao rasne zakone.

    To je drugi takav slučaj u Katoličkoj crkvi, kaže Vučak, a sigurno je samo da do kraja rada komisije papa Franja neće donositi odluke o Stepincu.

    Opisujući dešavanja u aprilu 2014., Vučak je rekao da je bilo „krajnje dramatično” i da je jedan deo kardinala bio siguran da će Stepinac biti kanonizovan, ali je za papu Franju to pismo bilo signal za uzbunu, i proveru informacija iz Beograda.

    On je dodao da je potom na adresu Vatikana stiglo i pismo predsednika Srbije Tomislava Nikolića, a onda još jedno pismo patrijarha Irineja.

    „Papa je tada odlučio da predloži osnivanje mešovite komisije koja će detaljno razmotriti život i rad kardinala Stepinca”, rekao je Vučak, a preneo Tanjug.




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    Total Croatia News
    By Vedran Pavlic
    April 24, 2016


    After a commemoration organized by the Jewish Communities last week [April 15] and the official state commemoration on Friday [April 22, 2016] the third commemoration takes place at Jasenovac camp.



    https://twitter.com/hkresic

    As many as two thousand people came to the commemoration for the victims of the Ustasha camp at Jasenovac which was organized by the Union of Anti-Fascist Fighters, together with the Anti-Fascist League of Croatia, the Serbian National Council, the Association of Roma in Croatia Kali Sara, the Council of Roma of Zagreb and civil society organizations. Among them were former President Stjepan Mesić and SDP leadership led by party president Zoran Milanović, reports tportal.hr on April 24, 2016.


    The commemoration began with the gathering of participants at the Memorial Museum of Jasenovac and continued with a walk to the "Stone Flower" monument.


    Former President Mesić gave a speech and said that they had gathered at Jasenovac to pay tribute and honour the victims. "We must not forget! And we are talking here, because silence at Jasenovac today would not mean just that we are avoiding the condemnation of the crimes committed here. It would also be a suicide for a democratic and antifascism based Croatian state. And therefore we are here once again to tell the truth to all those who are bombarding us with lies about the Pavelić state", said Mesić.


    He added that the fact that this year there were two separate commemorations, in addition to the official state commemoration, was a consequence of politics, just as Jasenovac itself was a reflection, expression and instrument of politics.


    "Today, there is a policy of concealment, denial, or at least relativization of these crimes. But, if someone talks like an Ustasha, if someone represents and promotes ideas that the Ustasha promoted, if someone emphasizes their signs and symbols, if someone sings their songs, then he or she is an Ustasha", said Mesić.


    The official state commemoration with Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković, Parliament Speaker Željko Reiner and Branko Lustig, envoy of the President, was held on Friday [April 22], while the commemoration organized by the Coordination of Jewish Communities in Croatia was held on 15 April [2016].


    https://www.total-croatia-news.com/politics/11558-third-commemoration-takes-place-at-jasenovac


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    MANE SRDIC


    VIDEO:
    "PROGNANI HEROJI - MANE SRDIC"
    Posted on You Tube by: Predrag Rudovic
    Published on May 3, 2016

    "Mane Srdic, predsednik je odbor Organizacije Srpskih Cetnika Ravna Gora u Hamiltonu, u Kanadi.

    "Sa 16 godina pristupio je cetnicima. Nikada nije prestajao da se bori za srpstvo."

    Autor: Predrag Rudovic predrag.rudovic@gmail.com










    https://youtu.be/BbGIN701Tp8


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    Portrait of General Draza Mihailovich
    by Jim Pollard.
     
     
    Aleksandra's Note:In the hearts of many Serbian patriots, May is a pivotal month in the long, magnificent, and tragic history of the Serbian people. It was 75 years ago now that Colonel Draza Mihailovich reached the hills of Ravna Gora in Serbia to begin the Third Serbian Uprising. This historic uprising was against the occupying German forces of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, and Colonel Mihailovich and his Chetniks would be responsible for initiating and carrying out the first successful true resistance against the Nazis in all of occupied Europe.

    Each year Serbs gather in the hills of Ravna Gora to mark this important anniversary and to celebrate the legacy of the Chetniks, the Serbian freedom fighters whose motto was and remains "Give me Liberty, or Give Me Death!"

    I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of such a gathering in May of 2003 and will never forget it. If you have never walked in the sanctified footsteps of these heroes of WWII and are planning to visit Serbia, please make it a priority to visit in May and to go up into these beautiful hills. You will be genuinely moved by the legacy that continues to be carried by the winds of Ravna Gora.


    Sincerely,
    Aleksandra Rebic
    May 9, 2016


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    Краљевске Новине
    May 9, 2016


    Удружење Краљевина Србија се одазвало позиву наших пријатеља из Равногорског покрета и на Марковдан, 8. маја 2016. смо присуствовали прослави коју Равногорски покрет традиционално организује у знак сећања на дан када је пуковник Драгољуб Дража Михаиловић дошао на Равну гору и први у поробљеној Европи подигао устанак против нацистичког зла.





    Делегацију Удружења Краљевина Србија су предводили г. Марио Мајсторовић, председник Удружења, г. Урош Парезановић, генерални секретар Извршног одбора, г. Милан Алексић, координатор Извршног одбора за Рашки округ и г. Саша Станисављевић, председник Општинског одбора Смедеревска Паланка, а присутни  су били и чланови ОО Смедеревска Паланка.


    У званичном делу церемоније, господин Мајсторовић је окупљенима причитао писмо нашег патрона, Њ.К.В. Престолонаследника Александра.




    Свечаност је отпочела Светом Литургијом у цркви на Равној гори,  да би потом уследило окупљање јединица и формирање ешалона припадника Равногорског покрета. Након парастоса жртвама нацистичког и комунистичког терора на гробу Крсте Кљајића, и обраћања председника Равногорског покрета и гостију из дијаспоре, уследио је богат културно уметнички програм.


    Честитамо нашој браћи из Равногорског покрета на одлично организованој прослави и на чувању успомене на бесмртног ђенерала Дражу и његове борце!



    http://kraljevske-novine.rs/2016/05/09/proslava-75-godisnjice-dolaska-djenerala-mihailovica-na-ravnu-goru-markovdan/





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    Српски покрет обнове
    Петак, 13 мај 2016


    На Равној гори ће сутра, у суботу, 14. маја [2016.], с почетком у 12 часова бити одржан Сабор поводом 75. годишњице почетка герилског отпора Југословенске војске у Отаџбини нацистичкој окупацији Краљевине Југославије у Другом светском рату.




    Сабор се традиционална одржава по 26. пут, а ове године организују га Српски покрет обнове, Републичка асоцијација за неговање тековина Равногорског покрета, Удружење припадника ЈВуО 1941-1945. и Меморијални центар "Равна гора".


    Свештеници Српске православне цркве од 11 часова служиће помен у храму Светог Георгија на Равној гори погинулим и умрлим припадницима Југословенске војске у Отаџбини и Равногорског покрета.


    Представници организација из Србије и дијаспоре које поштују и следе традиције Равногорског покрета положиће венце на споменик генералу Драгољубу Дражи Михаиловићу на равногорском платоу, с којег ће се присутним грађанима обратити председник Републичке асоцијације за неговање тековина Равногорског покрета и народни посланик Александар Чотрић, потпредседник Српског покрета обнове Мирко Чикириз и други говорници.


    Биће прочитанe поздравнe порукe Њ.К.В. Престолонаследника Александра и организација из САД, Словеније и Чешке Републике.




    http://www.spo.rs/vesti/648-u-subotu-sabor-na-ravnoj-gori.html


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    Novosti
    Z. GLIGORIJEVIĆ
    16. maj 2016.


    Ravnogorska udruženja iz dijaspore se i zvanično povezala sa pokretom u matici.




    DESPOTOVAC - Kada sam na Ravnoj gori video toliko četnika iz čitavog sveta, obučenih u uniforme i majice s Dražinim likom, te šajkačama i šubarama sa kokardama, zaplakao sam od sreće - ovako je Đuro Popović, član udruženja pod nazivom "Srpski četnici Australije", doživeo okupljanje ravnogoraca 8. maja [2016].


    Iako je rođen u Australiji, on neguje pravoslavlje i četništvo, zbog toga što je njegov deda Petar, rodom iz Knina, poginuo u borbi s partizanima, a otac Todor prebegao u Australiju jer su ga nazivali četničkim banditom, pa u bivšoj Jugoslaviji nije imao budućnost...


    - Četnici u Srbiji i Republici Srpskoj su postali ozbiljna organizacija, pa smo razgovarali i o budućim projektima - kaže Dražo Cvijetić iz Sidneja, čiji su roditelji iz Bosne u Australiju otišli šezdesetih godina prošlog veka.


    Stevan Dragojević kaže da su ga otac Nedeljko i majka Milica, koji su u Sidnej otišli pre četiri decenije, učili da bude Srbin, pa on sada uči svoju decu pravoslavnoj tradiciji...


    - Mnogo nam znači direktan kontakt sa Ravnogorskim pokretom u matici i to kako su nas prihvatila braća iz Srbije, koja nisu dozvolila da išta platimo - zaključuje Dragojević emotivnu ispovest.


    KAMP U NAJAVI


    PREDSEDNIK Ravnogorskog pokreta Predrag Bogićević njegov sabetnik Dragan Sofronijević sa članovima udruženja pod nazivom "Srpski četnici Australije" su razgovarali o izgradnji edukativnog kampa čiju bi izgradnju dijaspora mogla da pomogne.




    http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/srbija.73.html:605417-Cetnici-iz-Australije-plakali-na-Ravnoj-gori


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    Pogledi
    СЛС
    May 16, 2016


    Пре годину дана, 14. маја 2015. године Виши суд у Београду усвојио је захтев за рехабилитацију и поништио пресуду којом је генерал Михаиловић 15. јула 1946. године био осуђен на смрт, а два дана касније и погубљен. Пресуда Врховног суда ФНРЈ у делу који се односи на Михаиловића проглашена је ништавном, као и све њене правне последице уз констатацију да се: „Драгољуб Михаиловић сматра неосуђиваним“.


    Република Српска: Улица ђенерала Драже у Рудом

    Ипак, правосудна рехабилитација није српско друштво ослободило вишедеценијских предрасуда. Ове године обележавамо 75 година од нацистичке агресије на Краљевину Југославију и почетка херојског отпора српског народа чија је персонификација управо генерал Михаиловић. Ова годишњица је и прилика да се присетимо херојских дела генерала Михаиловића, његових команданата и јединица под њиховом командом и одамо почаст онима који су покренули антиокупаторску и антифашистичку борбу те да на достојан начин обележимо херојска дела српских официра и војника који су одбили да положе оружје и наставили борбу против Немачке и њених савезница.

    Због тога позивамо српску јавност, новинаре и јавне раднике али и власт да подрже иницијативу Српског либералног савета и на достојан начин, дајући имена улицана и обележавајући значајна места везана за живот генерала Михаиловића и борбе његових јединица очувају сећање на устанак српског народа против немачког окупатора. За почетак, можда би годишњица ослобођења Лознице, 31.августа, била права прилика да се присетимо пуковника Мисите и свих јунака Југословенске војске у отаџбини.


    Сви заинтересовани могу се обратити на meil sls.seobe@hotmail.com




    УБГД.16.5.2016
    АЛЕКСАНДАР НЕДИЋ
    Српски либерални савет




    http://www.pogledi.rs/sls-ulice-sa-drazinim-imenom/


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    BEOGRAD - Amerikanac Tejlor Metjuz ceo život slušao priču od svog dede koga su spasli Srbi tokom Drugog svetskog rata. Kada je on preminuo pre dve godine, Tejlor je odlučio da se oduži - tetovažom na ćirilici. 
     

    "Kada je moj deda imao 19 godina, njegov avion bombarder B-24 je oboren iznad Srbije, dela koji je bio pod kontrolom nacističke Nemačke. Grupa srpskih boraca koji su sebe nazivali četnicima, spasli su njega i stotine drugih američkih pilota. Dali su im hranu, sklonište i zaštitu", objašnjava Metjuz koji živi u Minesoti.


    Američki teretni avion je tokom noći tajno sleteo kako bi izbavili svoje ljude. Ova operacija nazvana je Vazdušni most i jedna je od najvećih spasilačkih misija u istoriji SAD. Treba napomenuti, da bez grupe ovih ljude, ja danas verovatno ne bih bio ovde", započeo je svoju priču.


    Podsetio je i na smrt Draže Mihailović, kao i na njegovo suđenje.

    "Amerika je ćutala tokom njegovog suđenja, iako je zaslužan za spasavanje 400 njihovih građana. Moj deda je proveo ceo svoj život pokušavajući da ispriča priču o tome kako su njega i ostale vojnike spasli Mihailović i četnici", napisao je Tejlor.



     

     Kada je njegov deda preminuo pre dve godine, dobio je ideju o tetovaži, a danas je odlučio da je sprovede u delo, u znak zavhalnosti i odavanja počasti njegovom dedi i ljudima koji su ga spasli.

    Tejlor je pozvao sve prijatelje da pročitaju o misiji Vazdušni most.



     
    "Odvojite malo vremena da pročitate o tome. Ima zaista zanimljive istorije tu. Značilo bi mi. Značilo je mom dedi", rekao je Metjuz.

    http://www.kurir.rs/vesti/drustvo/sloboda-ili-smrt-srbi-su-spasli-americkog-pilota-1944-unuk-nam-se-2016-ovako-zahvalio-clanak-2269385



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