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SERBIA - National review, No 43
SERBIA - National review, No 44


Prologue

We are approaching a bend behind which we will find out that all this around us and in our name, had no meaning. Or that the meaning has an ugly face and is not ours. Similar to a robbed traveler, we will remember, but too late, all the crossroads where we made wrong decisions. And we will know that the meaning is the most important thing they have stolen from us. Therefore, for us here, the most significant investments are factories of meaning. Meaning is one of the most beautiful names for hope.
What we have been doing for years is not ”a light story in difficult times”. It is an attempt to create a great factory of meaning, deposit of hope. Be part of it. <

GALLERY
Fireworks in Sremska Mitrovica (photo: ТОSM)
Burning of relics of St. Sava (Paja Jovanović, oil on canvas)
St. Vid’s Day in Andrićgrad (photo: Radoje Tasić)
Parade of old-timers in Sombor (photo: ”Des Arts” Club)
Dawn in Andrićgrad (photo: Radoje Tasić)
Horse carriage in Arad (photo: Miodrag Grubački)
Bagpiper in Kikinda (photo: Marina Gorski)
Serbian tennis national team (photo: Archive of Bogdan Obradović)
Girl in ”dry mill” (photo: Marina Gorski)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS 

Prologue
TIME AND RITES OF MEMORY
Anniversaries

Vitrage
NUMBERS, EVENTS, INTERESTING THINGS

Album
ANDRIĆGRAD AND ONE HUNDRED PRINCIP’S VIDOVDANS
Based on Freedom

People and Water
BELGRADE ON RIVERS, US IN BELGRADE
The Day When I Crossed the Danube
In the summer, near the very heart of the metropolis, on the city islands and powerful waters, real ”Belgrade Adventures” are waiting for us. Rafting underneath six bridges on the Sava, sailing around the War Island, entrance into the city on the Sava and Danube... Behind all this there are guys from organization ”Wild Serbia”, our old acquaintances from the of dangerous canyons of Serbia, and in front of everything there are you, who have not yet tried all this

Text and photographs: Dragana Barjaktarević

Event
THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS IN SREMSKA MITROVICA
Shooting Stars above Srem
Excellent pyrotechnical competing crews appeared from Italy, Slovakia and Serbia, creating a memorable event. Renowned music and dance performers presented themselves, as well as DJ’s. The side program included the Festival of Events, old trades and souvenirs. The organizers were supported by the City and its Tourist Organization. A new event was born, original and very attractive, important for the spirit and offer of this festival city

Reminder
IN KIKINDA, BEFORE THE LAST SUVAČA OF VOJVODINA 
Mill It Finely, Black Horses
All horse mills in Bačka used to be called ”suvaje”, and in Banat ”suvače”. Certainly, they are some of the most significant examples of folk architecture. The earliest preserved mention of suvače in Banat is from 1727. It is believed that they were present even before, because Evlija Čelebija in the 17th century mentions 600 horse drawn suvače and mills on the Danube near Belgrade. Of all of them only one survived and stories, customs and beliefs are still being made about it, and some might even begin to sing

By: Marina Gorski

Time Machine
ON THE MARGINS OF INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF OLDTIMERS IN SOMBOR
Brothers in Hobby
They are driven neither by money nor by vanity. And they are not idle rich people. Love for these beautiful old guys on two or four wheels is for them very special and enormous. They have been gathering in Sombor for ten years. Now they have arrived from all over, from Switzerland and Italy to Montenegro. They brought their pets and their stories. They were hanging out and enjoyed in the fact that there are enough of them in this world for one big and jolly fraternity

By: Radmila Tamindžić

Lighthouses
THE JANKOVIĆA COURT IN GREEK ISLAM
In the Centre of Ravni Kotari
Stojan Janković, the famous Serbian uskok, received the tower and fortified court in 1670 from Venice for his contributions in the struggle against the Turks. From 18th century, a Serbian educational and cultural center is located here, with a valuable library , art collection, collection of icons and church books, and later with a school. Simo Matavulj used to tech here, Vladan Desnica lived, wrote and was buried here. In the attack on Krajina, in the last war, the complex was destroyed, but most of the collection was preserved. And it could be available to public again, after the ongoing restoration

By: Sandra Kljajić
Photographs: Sandra Kljajić and Archives of the Desnica family

Visit
ARAD, UPON MORIŠ, A CITY OF LONG MEMORY AND BRIGHT HORIZONS
In the Golden Serbian Mirror
On the joint between Krišan and Banat, near the Hungary-Romania border, cultural and historical threads of many nations are interwoven in this city. Today, after everything, there are only a few Serbs and many Serbian traces left. Serbian annals in Arad were written by Tekelija, Tabaković, Aleksić, Tenecki, Tapavica, Ivković families... Painters, writers, merchants, benefactors, masons, warriors… Even today, if you take the Sava Tekelija Street from Boulevard of Revolution towards Serbian Square, you will re-experience and understand many things

Text and photo: Miodrag Grubački

Treasuries
SERBIAN ARCHAEOLOGY IN 150 STORIES: SEAL OF KNEZ STROJIMIR
Sparkling of Early History
Serbia obtained the most important statesmanship object from the pre-Nemanjić period thanks to its Russian friends, entrepreneurship of professor Đorđe Janković and responsible approach of then minister of culture Dragan Kojadinović. The price was equal to two and a half meters of highway, but it is priceless

By: Vojislav Filipović
Photographs: Archive of the National Museum, Belgrade

Symbols
420 YEARS SINCE THE INCINERATION OF RELICS OF ST. SAVA IN VRAČAR
Vozar’s Red Cross
Many threads connected honorable Gligorije Vozarović (1790–1848), famous bookbinder and bookshop owner from Belgrade, with the memory of St. Sava. The initiative to officially proclaim this saint as patron saint of Serbian education and science, which happened in 1840, was started in his bookshop. Seven years later, in the place where, according to the legend, the ashes of the Holy One were scattered, Vozarović placed a votive cross made of red wood. It was visible from afar. An entire part of Belgrade is today called after that red cross. However, it remains unclear whether Gliša Vozarović knew much more about that place than we do

By: Jovan Pejčić

Pro Memoria
SERBIAN DUBROVNIK: BOŽIDAR ĐAJA (1850-1914), WRITER AND SAILOR
That Wonderful Horrifying World
He sailed oceans and gave commands in four languages. He sailed on his and other people’s ships. As the captain of ship ”Deligrad”, he helped the development of river shipping in Serbia. He knew that oblivion is a form of death. His six-volume ”Our Sailors”, an elegant, documentary and poetic prose, is kept in the Archives of SANU. His brother Jovan was a respected writer and translator in Belgrade, and his son Ivan was the third Serb in the French Academy of Sciences (after Ruđer Bošković and Jovan Cvijić)

By: Zdravko Krstanović

Worlds
CONTRIBUTIONS FOR ESOTERIC HISTORY OF ”MEDIALA”
Unsolved Puzzles of Ilija Savić
In its inner circle, ”Mediala” was a big metaphysical quest. Exploration of the most distant borders and the most dangerous paths. The most mysterious personality of the Mediala adventure was certainly Ilija Savić, a philosopher and psychologist, ”a mystic from the shadow”. He knew both ”med” (honey) and ”ala” (dragon), the bright and dark side of everything, the ”magic of extremes”. He had a decisive influence on Šejka, but also some other great names of Serbian art from the second half of the 20th century. He left signs on the road, but not the key for them. He left young and remained undetected

By: Dejan Đorić

Fairytale
STORY ABOUT AZRI DAUT, THE KING OF HAPPY GYPSIES, AND NINOČKA NEZVANOVA
The Girl with a Star in Her Hair
Beyond the Talelajska Hill, at the foot of the City of Nehaj, a wondrous blacksmith, good and wise king ruled the tribe of happy Gypsies. In a dream he met a girl with a unicorn, forest princess, guardian of plants. He didn’t tell to anybody how much he fell in love with her or how he managed to reach her on the other side of the rainbow.  When he brought her to his village and married her, he revealed to her his biggest secret. In order to find out what happened next, you must read. And do not forget that the best stories have no end

By: Nebojša Jevrić

More than a game
PETAR PAJIĆ (1935), POET, THIS YEARS LAUREATE OF ”DESANKA MAKSIMOVIĆ” AWARD 
A Poem Will Always Find Its Poet
If the last century was marked by technology, this will be the century of a soul. When we fall,, God first shows himself through poetry and shows the way from the abyss. The new single-mindedness requires only from small nations to give up their culture, religion and history. In order to survive today, we must be artists. One can search for the form, but the poem must get there in time. And it always finds who will write it

By: Jovan Vučković
Photographs: Dragan Bosnić

The Winner
BOGDAN OBRADOVIĆ, SELECTOR OF THE NATIONAL TENNIS TEAM OF SERBIA, EXCLUSIVE FOR ”NATIONAL REVIEW”
Do not Waste Great Gifts
One should not succumb to anonymous forum criticism or become spoiled with excellent results. We have something exceptional, a powerful simplicity and flexibility, creativity and a higher idea, a different wish. But sport is not a wild fruit that will survive by itself. It must be nurtured, systematically, with resources of a responsible state and effort of each one of us. Lack of funds is not an excuse, it is always possible to find the means

By: Dejan Bulajić
Photographs: ”National Review” and archive of Bogdan Obradović

Chronicle
VRNJAČKA BANJA IN WORLD WAR ONE, A HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Mild Ointments for Fierce Wounds
There was no direct battle field in the famous health resort, but this town used to be a convalescent centre for some, a shelter for others, and for some people it became a new home. Serbian warriors conquered the hearts of many foreign women, mostly Greek and French, so Marsela Belimarković, Hrisula Stojanović, Adrijana Radić and others remained forever in Vrnjačka Banja. Many interesting people left a deep mark here in the war years, including Dr James Berry and Duke Lune

Development
INVESTMENT UPSWING IN RUMA MUNICIPALITY
Evident Great Progress
The ”Financial Times” ranked Ruma as one of ten best in the category of profitability for investment, in competition of almost 500 European cities and regions. The award was handed out in Cannes, in mid March. They have also received the regional and national certificate for favorable business environment. Big investors, of course, have already recognized why this is the case and made good business decisions. Now these operations in Ruma carry them

Energy
MINING BASIN ”KOLUBARA” AFTER THE MAY FLOODS
On the Difficult Road of Recovery
The thermal power plant now delivers between 40,000 and 50,000 tons of coal per day, which is about 50 percent of what was typical before the floods. Two out of four active mines have been flooded and they now contain lakes with surface area of about 10 square kilometers. Draining of the smaller one is currently in progress, and works on the bigger one will begin in mid July. If everything goes according to the remedy plan, the production could reach 70 percent of the former level by winter

By: Ana Pavlović
Photographs: Archive of RB ”Kolubara”

News
AS OF THIS SPRING, ”MERKUR” HAS SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDED ITS OFFER
For Awakening of Health
Numerous possibilities and services offered by this renowned institution are now available to all guests and residents of Vrnjačka Banja, regardless of whether they are accommodated in one of ”Merkur’s”  facilities. The procedures are so simple that they are practically non-existent. By doing this, ”Merkur” belongs even more to Vrnjačka Banja, and Vrnjačka Banja is even more recognizable for ”Merkur”

By: Ljiljana Rebronja

Connections
IN ALL MAJOR OFFICES OF "TELEKOM SRBIJA", FROM NOW ON
In Sign Language
Мore than 50,000 people with hearing impairment in Serbia will be able to obtain information and necessary services without an intermediary. Eighty five employees attended the training for work in sign language. It s the first project of this kind in Serbia, and reactions of the users are excellent. The company has also donated funds for procurement of special equipment for schools attended by children with hearing impairment

Knowledge
MASTERING BUSINESS SKILLS AT ”SINGIDUNUM” UNIVERSITY
Skills that Must Be Learned
In this way, the students of this University increase their future competitiveness for successful career. By now they have been practicing twelve business skills, and twenty two will be mandatory in the future. And the skill of active listening has an important place among them

Text and photographs: Rozana Sazdić

Studies
BELGRADE BUSINESS SCHOOL IS EXPANDING ITS SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES
High International References
Again crowned with valuable European awards this year, this institute of higher education for vocational studies is getting ready to get accredited  by then next fall in the area of natural sciences as well, in addition to the existing accreditation in social-political and technical areas. In this way, it would raise its scientific-educational activity to another level and grow into an academy for business studies

Recommendation
RESTAURANT ”DALMATINAC” IN VOŽDOVAC
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