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Two new reports have been added to Pollitecon's Macedonian Communities
518 Macedonians Who Migrated to Akron, Ohio in the Early 1900s
A list of 518 Macedonians who migrated to the Akron area of Ohio, USA
in the early 20th Century has been compiled by Basil Stephanoff. Most
arrived between 1907 to 1935, with some earlier and later. The people
came from at least 86 villages and towns from all parts of Macedonia.
The writer compiled the list using the records from the county. Where
the information is available, the data for each immigrant includes name,
home village or town in Macedonia, date of arrival and ship of arrival.
The list, titled Macedonians Who Arrived in the Akron Area of Ohio in
the Early 1900s, is here.
The information is also available by village and town of origin here.
393 Neretsi Families
families who were living in the village of Neret in the period up to
around 1950 are listed in the report: Selo Neret - Prvite Kuki, Vodenitsi,
Valitsi, Mali i Tsrkvi Vo Tursko Do 1950 Godina by Petre Ristuchin,
aka Ristevski. In English - The Village Neret: The First Families, the
Water Mills, Suburbs and Churches from the Turkish Period to 1950. As
well as the families, the report has 15 vodenitsi, three valitsi, 10
mali and four tsrkvi. The report is here.
Two new books have been added to the Free Ebooks section:
Free Milcho Manchevski Book
big 650 page book on and by Macedonian film director Milcho Manchevski
is available for free in PDF format. The book, titled Manchevski, has
hundreds of photos including archival documents published for the first
time such as storyboard drawings, sketches, letters, messages, notes,
contracts, and newspaper clippings. There are also essays by various
writers. The material covers Manchevski's films including Before the
Rain, Dust, Shadows, and Mothers. It also has essays and stories written
by Manchevski. The book was edited by Marina Kostova and published by
published by Bitsia and Ars Lamina in Skopje. The free PDF is here
(the file is 39 MBs).
A hard copy of the book can be bought from Virginia Evans in Canada.
Virginia is the organizer of the Macedonian Film Festival in Toronto
where Manchevski was guest of honor this year and she also runs the
Canadian Macedonian Books and
Reviews website that sells many Macedonian books in English. The
Manchevski book is C$50 plus shipping. To order the book or inquire
about international postage, email Virginia here.
Macedonians and the Greek Civil War
A new free ebook is Macedonians and the Greek Civil War by Naum Peiov
and translated by Risto Stefov. Naum Peiov was born in 1919 in the village
Gabresh, Kostursko and fought against the German, Italian and Bulgarian
armies in Greece and had an opportunity to direct and monitor events
in the Greek Civil War. The material for the book was written between
1953 and 1955. The book gives an insight into what happened during the
Civil War and the role the Macedonian people. The book has English
The Rise of Malcolm Turnbull
SBS Radio interviewed Pollitecon publisher Victor Bivell on the rise
of Malcolm Turnbull to prime minister and what his ascension could mean
for Australia and the Macedonian community. The interview also looks
at questions around how Mr Turnbull achieved power and whether he can
placate the conservatives within his party. The English version of the
interview is here,
the Macedonian version here.
Other interviews, speeches and articles by Victor Bivell are here.
Books by Other Publishers
comprehensive Croatian-Macedonian Dictionary has been published by the
House of Macedonians in Croatia. The 1,246 page dictionary has 30,447
words, and is for the Macedonian minority in Croatia as well as for
students, Macedonians, Croatians and the general reader. The ambitious
work was authored by Diana Vlatkovikj and Boryana Proshev-Oliver, and
has the support of the presidents and state institutions of both countries.
The book can be ordered online here
or by emailing the chairman of the House of Macedonians in Croatia,
Anastas Sasha Odzaklieski here.
Flashes of Eternity
od Vechnosta or Flashes of Eternity is the new second novel by Melbourne
based Nove Mladenovski, author of the science fiction novel Izmeshani
Svetovi or Mixed Worlds. Izmeshani Svetovi has been described as "an
ultra-futuristic novel of a kind still new to Macedonian literature",
and the new book is a sequel to its story about the Empire of Ma. The
book reviewer, Vasil Totsinovski, says Mladenovski is "deeply concerned
for the future of Macedonia" and "Macedonian national characteristics
are readily recognisable, such as tolerance, perseverance, kind-heartedness,
simplicity and naivety, which have often been abused, as well as good
will, sociability, loyalty and humanity." There is an SBS Radio
interview with Nove about the book here. Flashes of Eternity is in Macedonian
and is published by Makedonika Litera in Skopje. The book can be ordered
from the publisher here,
or from the author here for
A$20 plus postage.
Macedonian Newspaper in Prespa
The newspaper "Prespa", voice of the Union of Macedonians
in Albania, has resumed publication. The editor, Eftim Mitrevski, said
the new edition of the newspaper was distributed throughout Albania
where Macedonians live. Publication was made possible through funding
from the Macedonian Human Rights Movement International and the Australian
Macedonian Human Rights Committee. The organizations said they will
ensure that Prespa not only survives but thrives and can continue to
reach Macedonians struggling to achieve human rights in Albania. Mr
Mitrevski said he hopes the example of MHRMI and AMHRC will be followed
by other Macedonian organizations around the world. Donations can be
made through the MHRMI Human
Rights Fund or the AMHRC
Macedonian Minorities Support Fund.
Human Rights in Bulgaria
Annual Report on the Human Rights Situation of the Macedonians in Bulgaria
covers events in 2014. The report says the fundamental problems of the
Macedonian minority remained the same as in previous years, including
the refusal by the government to acknowledge the existence of a Macedonian
minority, failure to grant to Macedonians the rights specified in the
European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities,
the refusal by authorities to enter into dialogue with the Macedonian
minority, refusal to register Macedonian organizations, and hate speech
against Macedonians. The report is by OMO Ilinden PIRIN, Australian
Macedonian Human Rights Committee, and the Macedonian Human Rights Movement
International. The report is here.
Migrant Short Stories
Iselenik or The Knockout Expatriate is a new collection of short stories
by Sydney based doctor, Vasko Gorgievski. The stories are about the
situations and problems that face an expatriate who moves to Australia
for a better life. These include personal psychological and emotional
responses as well as the problems of being a member of the local Macedonian
community. Mr Gorgievski said he hopes the short stories will contribute
to a better understanding of Macedonian migrants. Further information
from the author here.
A reminder that you can buy books including Macedonian books on amazon.com
and at the same time help the United Macedonian Diaspora by shopping
at the smile.amazon.com website. Amazon donates 0.5 per cent of the
price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization
of your choice, in this case UMD. AmazonSmile
has the same products, prices, and service as amazon.com, including
the same huge selection of quality Macedonian books.
Great Video Clips
Four great youtube documentaries have been added to our Links page:
The Greek Colonization of Aegean Macedonia
Greek Colonization of Aegean Macedonia is a brilliant and gripping documentary
now on youtube. The documentary sets out the colonization step by step
and is loaded with great archival footage and interviews with top historians.
It starts with and stars historian Stojan Kiselinovski, who comes across
as a very intelligent man. There is also great historical footage. It
is great to see Macedonia produce such a professional film. The documentary
Testimonials from Aegean Macedonia
A great new video on youtube is titled Svedotsi (Aegean Macedonia).
Svedotsi means Witnesses. The documentary is a series of interviews
of Macedonians who were born in Greek Macedonia and now live in Canada.
The Macedonians recount stories of their villages, their families, how
they came to leave their homeland, and their strong Macedonian identity.
Witnesses will be followed by other testimonies including from other
countries such as Australia. The video is here.
A Name is a Name on Youtube
well-known documentary A Name is a Name is now on youtube. The documentary
won world wide support from Macedonians for championing Macedonia's
right to name itself and for highlighting the importance of the name
Macedonia to Macedonians. Producer Jason Miko said "As we move
into 2016, ready to celebrate Macedonia's 25th anniversary as an independent
nation, the With Macedonia Foundation will be periodically sending out
photos (screen grabs) from our 2009 documentary film, A Name is a Name.
We hope these inspire and encourage you and hope you will share them
with others, use them on social media, and remember that Macedonia's
freedom is never guaranteed it must be fought for continually
and passed on from generation to generation." A Name is a Name
Trailer for What Europe has Forgotten Begalets
trailer on what looks to be an excellent documentary about Mito Aleksovski
and the child refugees has been produced by Mito's son, Petro. The images
of the village and the comments by the rodnini and seljani are gold.
Mito is the author of the first book published by Pollitecon - What
Europe Has Forgotten: The Struggle of the Aegean Macedonians, back in
1992. Info on his book is here.
The trailer is here.
Discount for Complete Set of Books
A reminder that a complete set of 12 Macedonian books published by Pollitecon
can be purchased at a discount of free postage in Australia and reduced
airmail postage overseas. See Here.
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