SERBIA - National review, No 64
SERBIA - National review, No 65


PROLOGUE

We did not hurry to create the last edition in 2017 because the New Year’s lighting in the capital was lit already on November 1st. Not at all. We hurried to arrive at the celebration of the anniversary of the Grand National Assembly in Novi Sad 1918, when Banat, Bačka and Baranja (Srem had done it the day before) made a decision on unconditional unification with the Kingdom of Serbia. Next year it will be one century from this important event. We were also in the gorge of the Moravica, in Predić’s Orlovat, celebrated 700 years of Tronoša, visited Belgrade’s public fountains... You are just a click away from all that. <

GALLERY
Sokograd, Popovica, Rtanj (Photo: Svetlana Dingarac)
Sokobanja, fall of 2017 (Photo: Svetlana Dingarac)
The Tamiš near Orlovat (Photo: Miodrag Grubački)
”Girl with a Water Pitcher”, Belgrade (Photo: Želјko Sinobad)
Tronoša Monastery, 14th century (Photo: Dragan Bosnić)
Above Moravica Gorge (Photo: Svetlana Dingarac)
A painting by Paja Jovanović in the House of Jevrem Grujić (Photo: Želјko Sinobad)
Anastas Bocarić: ”Great National Assembly 1918”, 1923 (Repro-Photo: Ilija Ramić)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS 

 

Prologue
WHILE PACKING THE BAGS OF THE YEAR 2017
Hilarious Tragedy

Vitrage
NUMBERS, EVENTS, INTERESTING THINGS

Album
EXHIBITION OF PAJA JOVANOVIĆ IN BELGRADE
The Greatness before Us

In Memory
APPROACHING THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN NOVI SAD
Unification
Liberation of the areas across the Sava, Danube and Drina and their unification with the Kingdom of Serbia on November 25, 1918 was one of the most important events in modern Serbian history. Serbs and other Slavs from Srem, Banat, Bačka and Baranja decided about it in the freest and most democratic way in then Europe. ”Martyrs of Kosovo! Happy liberation! (...) If we ask our heart, it’ll say – you’ve done it my way. If we ask our mind – it’ll say the same”, said Jaša Tomić, who deserves to be raised a golden monument by Serbs today, at the Assembly. Celebrating that important date in this era is our debt to ancestors and descendants, it means preserving self-consciousness and sobering up of the state

Edited by: Đorđe M. Srbulović

Geopoetics
IN THE MORAVICA GORGE, ABOVE SOKOBANJA, FOLLOWING TRACES OF OLD LEGENDS AND YOUNG HOPES
Fascinations in the City of Falcons
The old fortified city exists at least since Justinian (VI century). It defended passageways towards the Morava valley, guarded the Nišava and Timok sides, the entrance hall of mount Rtanj. It hosted caravans heading to Europe and Asia. Its ruler kept falcons and paid taxes to the crown in trained birds. Today everyone there knows that cities are better guarded by stories than cannons. This landscape and this fortress, under the skies bursting above us as nowhere else, can have an exceptional place on the romantic map of Serbia

Text and Photo: Svetlana Dingarac

Eye
ORLOVAT IN BANAT, OBSERVING THE 160TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF UROŠ PREDIĆ
Iconostasis of the Homeland Plain
There, on the gentle rise along the right bank of the river Tamiš, the house the great painter was born in no longer exists, but the old mulberry tree is still there. In the village church, work of Dragiša Brašovan, iconostasis painted by Uroš Predić in 1926, St. Petka has the face of the painter’s mother, and St. Sava and St. Nicholas faces of his father and grandfather. Mother of God is in a Banat landscape, Vršac Mountains can be seen in the distance, as well as the bell tower of the Orlovat church. Uroš Predić rests on the village cemetery, ”next to his good mother”, and the new tombstone resembles a palette

Text and Photo: Miodrag Grubački

Thirst
PUBLIC FOUNTAINS OF BELGRADE, PART OF URBANE HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY OF SERBIAN CAPITAL
Living with Live Water
There are 141 public water taps and 38 fountains in Belgrade today. Six public water taps are not connected to waterworks but have their own springs: Miloševa, Hajdučka, Kraljeva, Vračarska, Miljakovačka and Lovačka. There used to be many more of them, but the merciless and unintelligent ”modernization” swallowed many things even then. In the tradition and city legends, they all still exist and murmur continuously, like crowd chatter in the disappeared Belgrade taverns

By: Miloš Lazić

Pilgrimages
SEVEN CENTURIES OF THE TRONOŠA MONASTERY IN JADAR CELEBRATED THIS AUTUMN
Carried by Three Waters
This is a chance to visit and remember it. As it has always done to us. Prince Dragutin Nemanjić pledged to build it, and it was completed in 1317, by his wife and sons. This is where the famous ”Tronoša Chronicle” was written in the XVIII century, this is where Vuk Karadžić learnt to read and write, this is where St. Stefan of Tronoša served to God and his people. A legend says that the drinking fountain next to the monastery was built by Jug-Bogdan and nine Jugović brothers, a year before the Battle of Kosovo. Based on the war plan made in the Monastery, Loznica became the first liberated city in occupied Europe on August 31, 1941

Text and Photo: Nebojša Trifunović

Plain
THE FAMOUS DUNĐERSKI FAMILY AND THEIR ECHOES IN SRBOBRAN
Fruits Greater than Us
Sprung in the great plain from their Herzegovinian roots, they knew that a good harvest is impossible without good sowing. They relied on God and themselves, never spared themselves in work and good deeds. They did business prudently and courageously. They were one of the greatest landowners, industrialists and food merchants in Austro-Hungary, and one of the greatest benefactors in Serbian history, especially in culture. Srbobran is their place of birth and resting place, a point where their circle begins and ends. Thus Srbobran preserves the memory of the Dunđerski family differently from anyone else

Text: Vladimir Janković and NR Press

Champions
NEMANJA MAJDOV, WORLD CHAMPION IN JUDO, PRIDE OF SRPSKA AND SERBIA
High Measure of Value
Real self-confidence originates from faith. Faith in God, not oneself. The best side of combat sport is creating strong personalities, capable for fighting in life. There is something victorious in the Serbian spirit and character, an unusual readiness to confront any temptation or tyrant. On a soil such as Srpska’s is, people grow brave and determined, which are good characteristics for sportsmen. We have many talented and self-conscious young people, waiting to be shown the right path, both theirs and ours

By: Dejan Bulajić

Winners
”VIZURA” VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS AS OF THIS SEASON PLAYING IN RUMA
Home of the State Champions
”We are happy because all of us together have contributed to the state champions feeling Ruma as their city, as the sports public and the audience of Ruma have accepted them”, says the president of the Municipality of Ruma Slađan Mančić. From December, Ruma will also be the host to the matches in the Champions League of Europe, and will host some of the biggest names of women’s club volleyball. It is expected that this will be an incentive for the development of other team sports in this part of Srem

Text and photo: Mile Vajagić

Connections
EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF THE GREAT PROJECT OF ”TELEKOM SRBIJA”
”Tesla’s Time Machine” in Vienna and Berlin
”This authentic project is a tribute to the visionary who left an indelible mark with his inventions”, said Predrag Ćulibrk, General Manager of ”Telekom Srbija”. The multimedia projection had an excellent reception of both experts and general public. First participation of someone from Serbia at the Berlin Festival of Light

Together
SUZANA PAUNOVIĆ, PhD, DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE FOR HUMAN AND MINORITY RIGHTS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SERBIA
Obligations are Mutual
The Action Plan for the realization of the rights of national minorities has been adopted. The government is working on amending two key laws in this area. A permanent institutional dialogue has been established with the councils of national minorities, all of their constructive suggestions have been accepted. There are also a number of legacy problems. One of them is the inappropriate politicization of overstepping their legal authorizations. The laws of this country must apply to everyone, members of both the majority and minority communities

By: Slađana Novaković

Features
GREAT SERBIAN ACTOR DRAGAN NIKOLIĆ IMMORTALIZED IN THE VRNJAČKA BANJA PARK
Legends Do not Die
He was a friend and promoter of ”Merkur”. The best one. ”Top star, and so ordinary and charming, intimate and ours.” With his roles, style, face and dignity, he left us with high standards and life lessons. From now on we will forever walk in the Spa resort park and will be able to relax and chat with him as much as we please. The newly-unveiled sculpture, the work of Dragoljub Dimitrijević, is an honor both to the famous actor and to Vrnjačka Banja

Advisor
IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND NUTRITION FOR LONG-TERM HEALTH
Thinking in a Timely Manner
Exactly this, physical activity and nutrition, are the leading risk factors in chronic non-communicable diseases of terrifying proportions in developed countries (cardiovascular, diabetes, malignant diseases...). Serbia is at the top of this negative list. And a lot depends on us. Changing bad habits and behavior patterns, raising the level of education and self-discipline, the strength of positive examples and good system solutions, can bring great improvements, especially in the long run

Studies
BELGRADE BUSINESS SCHOOL CONTINUES GOOD QUALITY INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
In Step with the Best
In October, lectures at this higher education institution were given by Prof. Gerhard Sabathil from Germany and Prof. Stephen Meyer from USA. In November, a delegation of BBS participated at the First Danube International Scientific Conference in the German city of Ulm, organized by the local state university. This year, the first foreign students have been enrolled in undergraduate and master studies, from the African continent

 

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