Thursday, April 09, 2015

THE LESSON OF SERBIA in being on the side of the "Winners".

"Serbian Pride"
Artwork by Sarah Savic Kallesoe
July 28, 2010
"You shall read that we are commanded to
forgive our enemies;
but you never read that we are commanded to
forgive our friends."

—Cosimo I de’ Medici, d. 1574 (attributed)

 Image of American and British Flags joined together courtesy of:

"Writing on the Balkans has often failed to command a large general audience for the simple reason that it does not bring out the larger lessons in the stories of a group of unhappy countries in southeastern Europe. But a country like Serbia must be seen not merely as a product of its own environment, but understood in the abstract — that is, as a country that has demonstrated the very best and very worst in humanity itself and the fight for ideals. No book that merely recounts a record of gruesome civil wars, ethnic violence, and trials and tribulations will command a large audience. But any book that investigates what it means for a country to have once upon a time taken the side of the winning team at the expense of its own existence deserves a wide readership. That is the story of Serbia, and it is a lesson confined to no region and no border or periphery, but one that is universal and eternal."
 From the Preface by
Marcia Christoff Kurapovna
to her book:

Shadows on the Mountain -
The Allies, the Resistance, and the
Rivalries that Doomed WWII Yugoslavia.


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