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There are 14 new books in Pollitecon's Free
Macedonians in the World
Macedonians living in many countries around the world, it is a big job
to write about all of them but well-known author Slave Katin has done
this with his latest book Macedonians in the World. The 432 page book
discusses Macedonian communities and their many church, media and other
organizations in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. It also discusses
the Macedonians in the neighbouring countries of Greece, Bulgaria, Albania
and Serbia. With so many organizations in the book, there is unlikely
to be a better or more comprehensive record than this of Macedonian
diaspora church and media organizations in the world. Born in Dolna
Prespa, Mr Katin and is the author of 56 books, over a hundred papers
and over 3,000 journalistic and other articles. Macedonians in the World
New Book by Stojan Kochov
Vina Vinovni is a new book by well known Macedonian author Stojan Kochov.
Like much of his work, Bez Vina Vinovni is about the Greek Civil War
and the tragedies and genocidal acts that were committed against the
Macedonian people. Mr Kochov says that after the division of Macedonia
and Macedonians in 1913 it was not possible to stay and survive spiritually
united as one nation. Macedonian history has not yet learned the lessons
from the Civil War and how the Macedonian house was dismantled and the
Macedonian family disfigured as part of the eradication of Macedonians
under Greece. This brought catastrophic changes to the entire ethnic
community, but Macedonian history has pushed it and marginalized it
into a sectoral "History of Aegean Macedonia". Mr Kochov says
the Communist Party of Greece managed to put the Macedonians into the
uniform of DAG and sacrificed them. Those who remained after the liquidation
of DAG left with a ticket in one direction. The Macedonian child refugees
were torn from the parents and left to grow up and ask: Who am I, Where
I am, Do I have parents: mother, father? Do I have grandparents, brothers,
relatives, what is happening to me? Who brought me here, and where am
I going? The 1,827 page book has considerable information and analysis
of the war and the players. The Macedonians under Greece were subjected
to a foreign force. They lost their strength and were not able to hear
their own voice of reason. The book is Here.
Inhabited Places in Aegean Macedonia
Inhabited Places in Aegean Macedonia by Todor Hristov Simovski deals
with the Macedonian exodus from Aegean Macedonia that was instigated
by Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria. The editor, Risto Stefov, says Todor
Simovski describes not only the Macedonian forced exodus since 1912,
but also the trials, tribulation and suffering the exiled Macedonian
people underwent on their way out and in their new settlements, especially
in Bulgaria. "Simovski spares no detail in explaining the legal
hoops the Greek state underwent not only to evict these people from
their native lands, but to also Hellenize Macedonia and the Macedonians
who remained at home," he says. The book is Here.
The Macedonian version is Here.
The Public Death of the Name
na Najavenata Smrt na Imeto or The Chronicle of the Most Public Death
of the Name is a collection of 90 articles by Macedonian writer Aldo
Kliman about the death of the name Republic of Macedonia. The articles
were published in a number of well-known online Macedonian media between
2017 and 2019. They discuss numerous angles on how the Zaev Government
together with the EU and US changed Macedonia's constitutional name,
the Republic of Macedonia, against the will of the Macedonian people.
The book has many old maps about Macedonia and other interesting illustrations,
some published for the first time. The book is
The Situation of the Macedonian Minority in Bulgaria
Although it has been 11 years since Bulgaria became a member of the
European Union and 29 years since it became a democracy, Bulgaria continues
to practise its policy of denial, assimilation and discrimination of
the Macedonian minority. The 2018 Annual Report on the Human Rights
Situation of the Macedonian Minority in Bulgaria discusses the denial
of the existence of the macedonian minority. It looks at the nation
and identity, the violation of the right of association, hate speech,
organized harassment and the refusal of the Bulgarian authorities to
engage in dialog with the Macedonians. The report is by the Committee
for the Defence of Human Rights "Tolerantnost" with support
from OMO "Ilinden"-PIRIN, the Association of Repressed Macedonians,
Victims of Communist Terror and the newspaper "Narodna Volya".
The Report is Here.
Macedonians in Albania
Macedonian Association 'Ilinden' has produced a booklet titled Macedonians
in the Republic of Albania and the Macedonian Association Ilinden'.
The booklet is in Macedonian, Albanian and English. It lists the many
villages and towns where they live, and some of their migration movements
to and from Albania and around Albania. However, "Only the ethnic
Macedonians in Prespa are legally permitted to declare themselves as
such when censuses are conducted. The rest outside Prespa are treated
as Albanians, although they themselves say that they have Macedonian
roots and are ethnic Macedonians." The Macedonians in Albania have
formed the Macedonian Assocation "Ilinden" - Tirana, and a
Branch at Golo Brdo. In 2011 they established the Macedonian newspaper
"Ilinden". The booklet is Here.
From Macedonia to Australia
Macedonia to Australia - the Journey of Louie and Tina Mitsopoulos is
the family story of two Macedonians from Aegean Macedonia. Louie was
from the Mircheff family in the village of Nivitsi and Tina was from
the Tsallis family in Dumbeni. The book was written by their son, Norm
Mitsopoulos, who interviewed and recorded his parents when they were
in their mid to late 70s. The stories start with their many childhood
memories of family and village life and move through the Second World
War, the Greek Civil War and how they and many of their extended family
members were able to move to Perth in Western Australia. The couple
met at a wedding in Perth in 1950. They continued their romance at Macedonian
dances and soon married. The book has many photographs of their extended
families with some in the old villages. The book is Here.
Stories by Slave Katin is a collection of 20 Macedonian emigrant love
stories that are based on the author's travels through the many Macedonian
diaspora communities in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe
and his interviews and discussions with Macedonian migrants. The author
calls the stories confessions, as they are intimate accounts of how
the migrants found or tried to find love and establish families. The
migrants saw marriage as holy' and worthy of making great
sacrifices', and that "blood is thicker than water", so they
found that choosing the other half' was neither easy nor
uncomplicated'. The author says the stories have many different and
exciting events that are unusual, piquant, and tragicomic. And of course
there were exceptions to the rules. The book is Here.
Banitsa in the Gales of War
Lerinsko Vo Viorot Na Vojnite (Banitsa in the Gales of War) by Atanas
Katinovski-Gotche is a history of the village of Banitsa in Aegean Macedonia
from its early days to 1949. Banitsa was one of the biggest villages
in the Lerinsko region and before the Second World War had over 4,500
residents. For a time is was political, cultural, trade and economic
centre. The author looks at Banitsa under the Turks, the Ilinden period
and VMRO activity, the Balkan and First World Wars, the period between
the World Wars, the Greek-Italian War, the Second World War and the
Greek Civil War. It names many Banitsa residents, including many who
were killed and many others who fled to neighbouring and eastern European
countries. There are many photographs of Banitsa's residents, partisans
and refugees and migrants. The 241 page book is in Macedonian. The book
Banitsa in the Gales of War has been made available by the family of
the author, Atanas Katinovski-Gotche. Rebeka Risteski, the grand-daughter
of the author, runs a charity called "Dajiti Ni Krilja"/ Give
Us Wings to support children in Macedonia who have rare diseases. The
website is http://www.dajtenikrilja.mk/home.nspx
and it has an English version. Please feel free to donate.
book Giorgia - George Atanasovski is a biography of the US-based Macedonian
entrepreneur, philanthropist, spiritual devotee and proud Macedonian.
Originally from Prilep, Mr Atanasovski is a successful American businessman
and is believed to be one of the most successful Macedonian businesspeople
in the world. Among his activities, with his brother Josif he established
and owns the company Microflex Inc that supplies quality metal parts
to Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, General Electric, NASA, and other
companies. He has built hotels, and was able to turnaround a large business.
He is also active in the community. He was a candidate for President
of Macedonia in 1994 and 1999, is President of the political party Macedonian
Alliance, was an initiator and owner of "The Macedonian Sun"
and the TV station "Sun", and was president of the World Macedonian
Congress of North America and vice president of the World Macedonian
Congress. The book, by Slave Katin, is in both English and Macedonian.
It is Here.
Biography of Svetozar-Steve Stamevski
Stamevski is a biography of the American-Macedonian businessman, philanthropist,
humanist and patriot of both countries. With family roots in the village
of Odri near Tetovo and a long time resident of Detroit, Michigan, Mr
Stemevski is a successful businessman and long time member of the Republican
Party. His American story begins in 1919-20 with the migration of his
grandfather to America and his grandfather's and father's slow rise
through factory jobs and hard work. His father established the family
business by buying into a restaurant, and the family expanded into real
estate and now owns a number of shopping malls. Mr Stamevski has maintained
his strong ties to his village and Macedonia. Among his community work,
he was one of the founders of the American-Macedonian Association in
Detroit, and is president of St. Mary Church board in Detroit. The book,
by Slave Katin, is in both English and Macedonian. It is Here.
businessman Atanas Bliznakov was from one of the oldest families of
D'mbeni near Kostur, a village destroyed by the Greek Government during
the Greek Civil War, says his biography, Atanas Bliznakov, by Slave
Katin. Mr Bliznakov was born in 1901 and left the village in 1920 to
avoid being drafted into the Greek-Turkish War in Turkey. In America
he worked hard but lost everything in the Great Depression and had to
start again. Although an unskilled worker, he was able to save and became
successful at buying, selling and developing real estate. A resident
of Gary, Indiana, Mr Bliznakov used his success and wealth to help the
Macedonian community in America and the Republic of Macedonia. He was
active in the Macedonian-American National Alliance which fought to
eradicate fascism, and helped with the National Liberation War and the
reconstruction of Macedonia. He was president of the Hospital Committee
in Gary which collected funds to build the Clinical Centre in Skopje,
which is now part of the National Hospital there. He was active in the
mutual-aid society "Alexander the Great" and the D'mbeni association
"Lazar Pop Trajkov". He was one of the founders of the first
Macedonian Orthodox church in America, the church of Sts Peter and Paul.
Bliznakov retired in 1968 and he and his wife settled in Skopje. In
1977 he established the Atanas Bliznakoff Foundation in the University
of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, and this has helped over 200 students to
completed their education. The book is in English and Macedonian. It
businessman and political and human rights activist, Steve Pliakes or
Stevo Plakov, is from the village of Zeleniche near Lerin in the Aegean
part of Macedonia. His biography, by Slave Katin, says he moved to Canada
in 1952 when he was 12. His success in automotive and then real estate
business enabled him to help Macedonia and Macedonians through his sponsorship
of news media and portals, organizations, churches and associations.
Among other activities, Mr Pliakes was chairman of the "United
Macedonians" in Toronto, one of the oldest Macedonian organizations
in North America, and during this time the gatherings of the expelled
Macedonians from the Aegean part of Macedonia were held. He was president
of the Macedonian Orthodox Church "St. Clement of Ohrid" in
Toronto, and president and creator of the Canadian-Macedonian Olympic
Committee for the Games in Canada, which sponsored Canadian-Macedonian
athletes to complete with the Macedonian Olympians at the Olympic Games
in 2004 in Athens and 2008 in Beijing. He carried the Macedonian flag
in front of the Macedonian athletes at both Olympics. In 1995 with professor
Michael Dimitri he visited the Kaleshi people in Pakistan who consider
themselves descendants of the army of Alexander the Great. The book
is in English and Macedonian. The book is Here.
Ancient Macedonian Towns
beautiful ebrochures on ancient Macedonian towns have been produced
by Kiril Arsov. The towns are: Alexandropolis in Maedica, Arhiljevica,
Armonia, Devol, Garescus and Zappara, Perseida, Philippoupolis in Parorbelia,
and The Kingdom of Lyncus. The full colour brochures include maps, photos,
and brief introductions to some of the major historical events in the
towns. For example, Eurydike, the mother of King Philip, was born in
the village of Gorenci in the Kingdom of Lyncus. The brochures are Here.
Macedonia and the Great Powers
Macedonia and the Great Powers by Greek academic Vlasis Vlasidis gives
a very good overview of the power plays and interference in Macedonia
by the Great Powers from the early 1800s to the 1960s. If you want to
know why Macedonia is a mess, start with France, Great Britain, Germany,
Austria, Russia and Italy. A key flaw in this study is the omission
of the perspective of the Macedonian people, who barely get a mention
and only with the typical Greek discriminatory euphemisms and inverted
commas. The Greeks, Bulgarians, Serbians and Turks did not consider
important the views of the native Macedonians in Macedonia, and neither
did the so call Great Powers, who may have been great militarily but
ethically were mediocre. The history reinforces the view that only Macedonians
can win their own freedom to be Macedonians. The study is Here.
Stay Airbnb Home in Neret/ Polipotamos
Visiting Neret/ Polipotamos and the Lerinkso region is now easier as
there is an Airbnb house in Neret available to rent. The property was
developed by Perth businessman Jim Bivoltsis, who was born in the village.
The original stone house has been fully renovated with modern bedrooms,
kitchen, bathroom and laundry. It is one of the first houses as you
enter the village and is only a minute or two's walk to the centre of
the village, the main church and the two tavernas. It is on the side
of the hill with the river below and great forest views across to the
other side of the valley. There is wi-fi and offstreet parking for two
cars. There is more information Here.
Books by Other Publishers
The Macedonia Deception
Macedonia Deception is a new political thriller by Macedonia based author
and journalist, Chris Deliso. The book is based around a CIA/MI6 plot
to change the government in Macedonia. But this "blows up when
Macedonian patriots restore a century-old secret revolutionary organization,"
says the publisher. "Military veteran Aleksandar Karastefanov grows
disillusioned when Western allies force-install a quisling communist
regime. But aided by a Jewish WWII survivor and an IRA fugitive with
a personal vendetta, Aleksandar and fellow patriots launch a covert
campaign to destroy foreign intelligence networks and topple the communist
regime. Using everything from social media satire and psychological
warfare to sabotage and assassinations, their enigmatic organization,
known by its acronym, BOOM, quickly acquires cult status. Yet as Macedonia
steadily dissolves into anarchy, Aleksandar is shocked to discover that
the endless foreign obsession with his country is stranger, and darker
than mere geopolitics." The book is available in a Kindle edition
from Amazon for only US $7.27. There is also a sample reading. See Here.
The Last Macedonian
playwright Dushan Ristevski has published the play, Posledniot Makedonets/
The Last Macedonian. The drama is about a Macedonian who is trying to
preserve his family and identity. The play was staged in Sydney and
Wollongong in 2018 by the Australian Macedonian Theatre. Dushan is president
of the Macedonian Literary Association of Australia "Grigor Prlichev"
in Sydney, which since 1978 has published many Macedonian books of poetry,
drama and history. There is a review of the play Here.
Copies of the play can be purchased by email from Dushan Ristevski Here.
Macedonia Needs Macedonians
Please remember that Macedonia Needs Macedonians. The Facebook page
for the Macedonia Needs Macedonians group is Here.
Two major tourism portals are Travel2Macedonia which is Here,
and Macedonia - Timeless which is Here.
Canadian Macedonian Books
A reminder that Canadian Macedonian Books has a great selection of Macedonian
books in English from around the world. These include non-fiction, fiction,
children's and cook books. Canadian Macedonian Books is run by Virginia
Evans, a former co-president of the Canadian Macedonian Historical Society
and founder of the Macedonian Film Festival in Toronto. Canadian Macedonian
Books is Here.
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