with Baba Mim....
Check out my other websites too:
Not Retired From Learning! http://www.notretiredfromlearning.com
Bizic Education Enterprises.
"The Power of Three"--> www.mimbizic.com
And the Moon Township Historical Society website:
Косово, Србија Јерусалим.
|"Unfortunately for all those involved, the question posed in the title of the documentary Kosovo: Can You Imagine? is a resounding YES. Having covered much of the same ground and witnessed the same events myself over the past decade, I can attest to the accuracy of the film. As a young filmaker of Serbian origin, Boris Malagurski took considerable personal risk, and displayed exemplary courage to produce this work. |
He is to be commended for his efforts."
Canadian publisher, journalist
Kosovo is not just a piece of geography. It is the heart and soul of the Serbian nation, wherever the nation exists, no matter how great or how small.
Kosovo is like a mirror. It echoes the past and reflects the future, wherever one lives.
The Battle of Kosovo mirrors the SPIRIT of the people. The Battle of Kosovo is the KEYSTONE of Serbian history.
Many sacrifices were made by the Serbian heroes on Kosovo Polje or the Field of Blackbirds for the Serbian ideals of Liberty, Justice, Equality and THE CROSS!
Individual Serbs carry Kosovo with them wherever they are, just like they carry the image of the "White Angel" (Bjeli Andjel) with them wherever they travel.
If the icon of Christ on the Cross is reminiscent of the painting of The Maid of Kosovo, then the White Angel icon is representative of the hope, the freedom, the better tomorrow--- such as when the angel guarding Christ's tomb announces, "He is not here, He has Risen!"
People are forced to make hard choices every day in their lives, but the Serbs are fortunate in that they have a good example to follow. Follow the cross! Czar Lazar had to make a choice between an earthly kingdom or a heavenly one. Choose well.
Although the Serbs were vassals under the Turks for many centuries, called "dogs" and other derogatory terms, they were never slaves. There were always the resistance fighters, the ones who could never be shackled in thought and prayers.
This photo was taken in front of the Pec Monastery in Kosovo, in 2006, during a "Tour of Serbian Monasteries." Surely, this Serbian Monastery, the Seat of the Serbian Patriarchate at the time of the Battle of Kosovo in 1389, attests to the rightful heritage of this Holy Land, the Serbian Jerusalem!
600 years ago, Prince Lazar uttered this curse:
"Ko ne dodje na boj na Kosovo,
Od ruke mu nista se rodilo
Ni u polju psenica bjelica
Ni u brdu vinova lozica
Ne imao u kuci porode
Rdjom kap'o dok mu je kolena."
Translated, that means:
"Whoever comes not to Kosovo to fight
May no fruit come forth from his laboring hand
Neither the sweet white-kerneled wheat in his fields,
Nor yet the wine from his vineyards in the hills.
May there be no children born unto his house.
May he and all his live and die in torment."
To learn more about the museum where the Serb National Federation's Museum collection is now housed, visit: http://www.pghhistory.org
Famous gusle right behind Mim. Banner, King Alexander painting, GI Joe doll of Mitchell Paige, Vinka's costume, a few other things to see. Mitchell Paige was a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. In his mother's kitchen in Charleroi, PA was always the painting of THE MAID OF KOSOVO.
The SRBORAN showed this photo of the men from Farrell donating the flag to the Serb National Federation, which is now at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. It's embroidered on BOTH sides, one in Serbian Cyrillic, and the other in English!
Serbian Hero, Milosh Obilich, slew Sultan Murad in his tent, by pretending to be a turn-coat "traitor" to his people.
In 1989, the Petar Krstich Serbian Choir of Steubenville, OH, performed "Kosovski Bozuri" as the main event of the Gala Banquet commemorating the 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo in Detroit's Hyatt Regency Hotel's Grand Ballroom. The cantata was set to music by Director Emeritus, Slobodan Zelich.
"Kosovski Bozuri" is the Serbian's beloved bright red Kosovo poppy (bozur), which according to tradition, sprang up from the precious blood of the heroes of Kosovo, and covered the "Field of the Blackbird."
(Tole Artwork by Billie Brnilovic & Georgette Osman)
For generations, Serbian poets, writers, artists and composers have created cultural flowers, spiritual Kosovo poppies.
Paul Bielich, wrote in the August 23, 1989 American SRBOBRAN, "These spiritual Kosovo poppies watered the soul with patriotism and faith. The spiritual bouquets trace the historical rise and fall of our people from Kosovo to the present day--- in which they still proclaim loudly,
"For the Honorable Cross and Golden Freedom!"
Za krst casni, i slobodu zlatnu!
Rev. J. Popovich wrote about the Battle of Kosovo, and The Field of Blackbirds, printed in Milan Karlo's June, 1948 magazine American SERB LIFE.
Here's the bus from Pittsburgh in Washington, DC!
Around the world, people were quick to protest the unfair land grab from Serbia and recognition of Kosovo as an independent country. U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, stating the official U.S. position, stated: "It's time to drop centuries of grievance and sentimentality in the Balkans. I mean, after all, we're talking about something from 1389! Time to move forward."
There's a beautiful song on YouTube about Kosovo.
It was translated here by
Nena Jovonovich & Ann & Voya Vitorovich
Kosovo je Duša Srbije <---- click to hear
Kosovo je duša Srbije
Sveto polje najSrpskije
Kosovo je Vera, Nada
Mesto gde se za krst strada
Kosovo je najSrpskije
Tamo gde je duša ostala
Tamo je I naša sudbina
Tamo gde je srce bilo
Gde se Božje dogodilo
Tamo sto je, sve je Srbija
Jedno polje prelepo
Božurom se kitilo
Jedno polje presveto
U nebo se propelo
Jednu veru ćuvao
U krvi se kupalo
Kad se java razdeli od sna
I ostane samo ikona
I kad većnost broji dane
Nad Srbijom sunce grane
Kosovo je uvek Srbija
Kosovo is the soul of Serbia
Hallowed ground, most Serbian
Kosovo is Faith, Hope
Land of martyrdom for the cross
Kosovo is most Serbian
Face of the Lord
There where the soul remained
There too is our destiny
There where the heart remained Where God's will was done
All that is there, all is Serbia
All is Serbia
One most beautiful field
Adorned with poppies
One most sacred field
Has ascended to heaven
One faith safeguarded
Bathed in blood
When reality replaces the dream
Only an icon remains
And when Eternity counts the days
Above Serbia the sun shines
Kosovo is always Serbia
Косово је Душа Србије
Свето Поље најСрпскије
Косово је вера, нада
Где се место за крсту Страда
Косово је најСрпскије
Где је тамо Душа Остала
Тамо ми је Наша Судбина
Где је Срце тамо било
Где се Божије догодило
Што је тамо, Све је Србија "
Једно прелепо Поље
Божуром себи китило
Једно Поље пресвето
У небо се пропело
Једну веру ћувао
У крви се купало
Кад себи Јава раздели од сна
Само да остане Икона
Кад сам већност броји Дане
СУНЦЕ гране над Србијом
Косово је увек Србија "
Увек Србија "
American SRBOBRAN headlines, Friday, June 25, 1943, Vol. XXXVII, No. 8368
These headlines say it all--- As long as there are people and as long as there is Kosovo.... and the two starring figures are Milosh Obilich & Draza Mihailovich in this 1943 issue of the SRBOBRAN above!
$621.00 was raised quickly at the St. Sava's Day program 2007 in St. Elijah's to help buy firewood for the freezing Serbian children in Kosovo. (Even the young orchestra gave all their "tip" money to the cause!) The money was sent to V. Rev. Arch. Necatious Serfes of Boise, Idaho, immediately after his plea as administrator of the Decani Relief Fund. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or:
V. Rev. Arch. Necatrious Serfes
2618 W. Bannock St., Boise, Idaho 83702
Sporting Events and Kosovo
Milorad Cavic, a young American Serb from California was swimming for Serbia when he won the Gold Medal for his Butterfly stroke in Europe, breaking all previous world records. However, one official complained about Milorad's shirt because it said in Cyrillic, "Kosovo is Serbia," and unbelievably, Cavic was fined over $10,000!
This was incredibly cruel, as (1) in America, we have freedom to express ourselves; (2) they displayed the wrong flag when he won the championship. Was that official biased or what?
Milorad Cavic sent all of you children greetings! He worked hard in preparation for the Beijing Olympics.
CAVIC EARNS SILVER MEDAL AT OLYMPICS, but GOLD MEDAL in Serbian Hearts!
Read the Story here:
September 12, 2008
From our Detroit contributor, Pam, comes this news!
Imagine how THRILLED young American Serb Alexa of Dearborn Dolphins Swim Club was to actually MEET her hero, Milorad Cavic, at a swim camp in Florida! He encouraged her to keep pursuing her dreams of being in the Olympics someday too! Our eyes & hearts are upon you, Alexa! Keep on going and make us all proud like Mike has!
Everyone loves Milorad because of his kindness to others and desire to always do his best! There is even a FACEBOOK group you can join about the American/Serbian Champion Milorad Cavic.
Make sure you check out the latest in Serbian tennis stars. They (Ana, Jelena and Djoko) are doing a tremendous job.
Isn't it telling that the French said the ceremonies were copyrighted and wouldn't let YouTube continue showing the playing of the Serbian National Anthem, "Boze Pravde" that proclaimed Ana's /Serbia's 1st place Championship at the French Open?
Perhaps those French officials aren't familiar with the English translation of "Boze Pravde"-God of Truth:
Here it is in Serbian Cyrillic
Milosh Obilich is here promising Czar Lazar at their "Last Supper" that he is NOT a traitor. He proved it the next day by pretending he was ready to join the Turkish side. Once inside the Sultan's tent, he slew Murad I and ever since has been known as one of Serbia's greatest and bravest heroes!
Serbia has medals with images of Milosh Obilich.
Here is Czarica Milica and Czar Lazar. Note the crest in the middle. Czar Lazar is the one who added the 4 C's to the Serbian crest that you will find everywhere, even to his day!
SONG TO SACRED SERBIA
by St. Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
(Translation by Voya and Ann Vitorovich)
"Oh, Serbia, beloved mother!
May you always have good fortune,
Your children love you,
And for you they pray to God.
Land of our forefathers,
Knights, and saints.
For the honor of the cross, martyrs
For freedom, defenders.
Grave to grave -- holy cemetery,
There rest Serbian slaves.
And all altars to altars
The legacy of Serbian kings.
On Kosovo, Gracanica,
On the mountain, Studenica,
By the Morava, Ravanica,
In Krusevac, Lazarica.
From every battle to battle,
Before and after Vidov Dan,
You are everywhere poured out in blood,
Everywhere washed in tears.(or awash in tears)
There Kosovo sadly stands,
Counting five centuries of slavery,
Memorial of glory and heroism,
And discord and betrayal.
Fear not, beloved mother,
God will give to you good fortune.
And you will be most happy,
And of all, most praised, glorious.
Bishop Nikolai's poem appeared in the Sunday, August 3, 1958 dedication of St. Elijah's NEW church at 2200 Main Street, Aliquippa, PA
I took the photo of this bombed-out Serbian home.
Srpska Se Truba
Српска се труба с Косова чује,
Србина сваког да обрадује.
Трубите браћо, силније, боље,
опет је српско Косово Поље.
Српски јунаци, сунце вам сину,
осветисте се ви душманину.
Осветили сте Цара Лазара,
све Југовиће, Богдана стара.
Ивана, Милана, Милоша лава,
Српство им кличе хвала и слава.
Бановић Страхињу, Краљевић Марка,
све нас је српска родила мајка.
Srpska se truba s Kosova cuje
Srbina svokog da obraduje
Trubite jace silnije bolje
Srpsko je opet Kosovo polje
Janci srpski sunce van sinu
Osvetiste se dindusmaninu
Osvetiti ste cara Lazara
Sve Jugovice Bogdana stara.
Ivana, Milana, Milosa-Lava
Srpstov vam klice slava i hvala. (2 times)
From my Baba's diary in 1941.
Andja Mamula wrote right before I was born, "Rano sam ustala, idem raditi. Danas je mili Vidov Dan. Na taj dan propala je Srpska Carevina, ali dodje vreme da se povrati Srpsko Carstvo. To su Srbi svojom krvi povratili i nikada nisu popustili, nisu dok opet svoje ne dobishe Carstvo. To je bilo dugo cekati. Tu su se cekale stotine godina dalje. Srbin svoje pravo dobijo ali sad opet udari Prokleta izdaja sav narod. Sve porushi i ognjen popali prokletom seme i koljeno. Ovo pisem i suzom polevam. Idem u Mater Crkvu dase svi skupa Bogu pomolimo, za nashe umrele i izginule junake. Slava im!
Bishop Artemije of Serbian Orthodox Church Rashka-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija Diocese, Interview to Glas Javnosti on 18 March 2008
Four wonderful men of one mind @ Kosovo.
Kind and wonderful Princess Katherine distributes small gifts to children.
Click the lower right hand corner to see this exciting poster about Vidovdan with the Serbian folklore group "Miroslav Bata Marcetich" celebrated on Friday, 26 of June, 2009 at 8:00 PM.
Near/Far, wherever they are:
Kosovo is Serbia!
"What then is the earthly worth?
It is but a day, It passeth away,
And the glory of earth full soon is o'er,
But the glory of God is more and more."
Czar Lazar chose the Kingdom of the Lord rather than the worldly empire. And so indeed, do the Serbian people.
"There resteth to Serbia a glory,
A glory that shall not grow old;
There remaineth to Serbia a story,
A tale to be chanted and told!
They are gone to their graves grim and gory,
The beautiful, brave and bold;
But out of the darkness and desolation,
Of the mourning heart of a widow'd nation,
Their memory waketh an exultation!
Yea, so long as a babe shall be born,
Or there resteth a man in the land--
So long as a blade of corn
Shall be reapt by a human hand---
So long as the grass shall grow
On the mighty plain of Kosovo---
So long, so long, even so,
Shall the glory of those remain
Who this day in battle were slain.
And doubt ye, doubt ye, the tale I tell?
Ask of the dead, for the dead know well;
Let them answer ye, each from his mouldy bed,
For there is no falsehood among the dead;
And there by twelve thousand dead men know,
Who betray'd the Tzar of Kosovo."
"Remembering the Bloody Spring of 1999: Serbia Burning" (May 10, 1999)
Excerpts as they appeared in the American SRBOBRAN Literary Supplement of 2001
Baba Anka is in Kosovo,
hiding in the root cellar.
She refuses to leave.
Militias set fire to farms
and raze villages,
and pilfer TV sets
from once proud suburban homes,
and rape teenage girls
in foul garages stinking of gas.
Baba Anka hides----
as she did in 1944.
they hold hands and sing songs
with targets pinned to their backs.
They pick through the ruins of buildings
and as bombs fall,
of the deceased and deported
crosses over Albania's borer
with only the shirts on their back....
There are no new cars in Kosovo,
none in Belgrade.
The planes rain metal death
on convoys and columns
attacking mute targets
while soldiers cower in the forest....
Once the Turks
owned the dirt of Kosovo.
On the Field of Blackbirds
the Serbian army-
wiped out to the last dead man.
Kosovo is Gettysburg.
Kosovos is Normandy,
Kosovo is Waterloo,
Kosovo is Stalingrad,
Kosovo is Bunker Hill,
Kosovo is Atlanta burning.
That's what it means to the Serbs.
There is no Serbia without Kosovo.
For more, go to this Deloitte-Touche website:
Don't forget to come back!
”Коме правда лежи у топузу, трагови му смрде нечовјештвом.” - Његош
He whose law is written by his cudgel (club) leaves behind the stench of inhumanity" --Njegos
Noble Czar Lazar praying The choice Czar Lazar and his brave Serbian warriors made in the fateful battle of 1389 still help their descendants today make the right choices.
From this sweet nest of peace and Summer blue--England in June--a sea bird's nest indeed
Guarded of waves, and hid by the sea-weed
From envious hunter's eye, we send to you
Our flying thoughts and prayers, our treasure too,
Poor though it be to bandage wounds that bleed
For country dear beloved. There the seed
Of homely love and occupations grew
To wither in the flame of Godless might
Kindled by hands of treachery yet reeking
With blood of friends and neighbors, Serbia, thou
Has thought us careless and far off; know now
That name to us is sudden drums outspeaking
And tortured trumpets crying in the night!