A Cautionary Epistle To Pope Francis In Relation To Serbia’s Fabrications Against Croatia’s Blessed Alojzije Stepinac

Originally posted on Croatia, the War, and the Future:

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Papal power is not absolute. The Pope does not have the power to change teaching (or) doctrine. The Pope does not have the power to reverse the Beatification of Croatia’s Blessed Alojzije (Aloysius) Stepinac but, uncomfortably as it may sit with many, the Pope can slow down the process of Canonisation of Blessed Alojzije (Aloysius) Stepinac as Saint in the Catholic Church.
There has been much uneasiness spreading within the 85% Roman Catholic Croatian population about the visit on Friday 11 September 2015 of Serbia’s president Tomislav Nikolic to the Vatican, to meet with Pope Francis and enter into issues relating to the canonisation of Alojzije (Aloysius) Stepinac – or rather Serbia’s views on it – as one of the talks agenda. Furthermore, President Nikolic and Pope Francis have reportedly discuss the establishment of a joint commission of the Serbian Orthodox and…

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Croiatia’s Blessed Aloysius Stepinac, WWII Rescue Of Jews and Dr Esther Gitman’s Fact Finding Captivate Pages Of Prestigious US Catholic Historical Review


Just in time for Blessed Cardinal Stepinac’s feast day on September 7.

Originally posted on Croatia, the War, and the Future:

Blessed Aloysius Stepinac Front Cover Catholic Histoprical Review Summer 2015 Edition Catholic University of America PressBlessed Aloysius Stepinac
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Dr Esther GitmanDr Esther Gitman

In 1942, during the mass deportations of Jews to concentration camps, some Jews managed to escape to the Italian Zones of Occupation on the Adriatic. When the Italian authorities realized that so many Jews were flocking to their zone they aimed to deport them back to he Independent State of Croatia ruled by the Ustashe regime controlled by Nazi Germany. When the news reached Archbishop Stepinac of the intention of the Governor of Dalmatia, he wrote to the Holy See requesting to allow the Jewish refugees to remain under the Italian occupation. The Italians did not murder Jewish refugees they protected them. Thus, in fact, Stepinac, was instrumental in saving my mother’s and my life and thousands other lives. I owe him an eternal gratitude because by his conduct, he…

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The Cost of Victory


Croatia’s reputation remains somewhat tarnished – unsubstantiated accusations often get more airtime than the truth and this case is no exception. The consummate military operation also incurred a terrible cost for two of its generals, who between them spent fifteen years in a UN gaol. This heavy price tag was worth it, though, for with victory came freedom.

Read the full article at the Times of Israel.

Croatia: Luka Misetic Responds As Serb Denials Of Crimes Take New Form


Something to remember as the 20th anniversary of Operation Storm approaches.

Originally posted on Croatia, the War, and the Future:

Luka Misetic Photo: Davor Puklavec/PIXSELL Luka Misetic
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Well, July was a disquieting month for justice at the UN Security Council. Serbia’s lobby with Russia had resulted in Russia’s veto on the British instigated motion to call the 1995 Srebrenica massacres genocide! And so, the verdicts delivered by the UN Security Council appointed International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) officially became as valuable and as respected as a veto of one member state of the Security Council is worth! Denials can take one far these days, it seems!

In line with the appalling Serb denials of genocide and the horrendous crimes they committed in the aggression against Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1990’s it was to be expected that Croatian Serbs and their wicked supporters were going to stage some outrageous display of denials ahead of the 20th Anniversary of Operation Storm that liberated Croatia from Serb occupation and aggression in…

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Denial of the Srebrenica Genocide in the Face of Science

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“Bosnian Serb denial of the Srebrenica massacre is growing. Bosnian Muslim resentment of that denial is simmering.”

A forensic expert searches for remains of Bosnian Muslims in a mass grave near Srebrenica July 10, 2007. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj A forensic expert searches for remains of Bosnian Muslims in a mass grave near Srebrenica July 10, 2007. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

By David Rohde

Srebrenica, Bosnia — Scientific advances in DNA identification over the past 15 years have helped war-crimes investigators document to an unprecedented extent the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys around this town in 1995.

Yet even as these technological advances uncovered more damning evidence, many Bosnian Serbs have grown increasingly more resolute in their denial.

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Using Russia Serbia Pumps Up Its Denial Of Genocide

Originally posted on Croatia, the War, and the Future:

Worker tending to Srebrenica memorial graveyard  Photo: Dado Ruvic/Reuters Worker tending to
Srebrenica memorial
Photo: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

A United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution (drafted by Britain) to condemn the 1995 Srebrenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) massacre as genocide, marking the 20th anniversary of the mass killing, has been delayed until today, Wednesday 8 July 2015, after Russia threatened to veto the measure.
Not without Serbia’s pressure, I dare say, Russia has deemed the resolution unbalanced and does not want the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys described as genocide. Instead it proposed condemning “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.”

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic sent a letter (made public on Monday 6 July) to Queen Elizabeth II concerning London’s initiative for the UN SC to adopt a resolution on Srebrenica, the Belgrade-based Danas daily writes.
The draft resolution submitted by Great Britain to the UN SC might jeopardize efforts invested…

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‘Wellspring’ Online Launch


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Wellspring Release Header It is with great pleasure that, on this anniversary of G.K. Chesterton’s death and the Feast of St Basil, I would like to announce the publication of Wellspring. Though I began writing Wellspring thirteen years ago, it was actually nine years earlier when I first seriously contemplated writing fiction. My History professor at UCLA, Bariša Krekić, reignited my love of the past with his fine storytelling, and it was he who suggested that a historian should write a series of novels about the kings of Croatia. I haven’t got around to that yet, but Wellspring has the atmosphere I should like to convey in those novels one day, that of faith and fortitude.

On a lighter note, I did not delegate the research for this book and it required no small amount of fortitude on my own part. I studied sixteenth-century English swordfighting at Stephen Hand’s Stoccata School of Defence, and had to cross swords with the man whom I would eventually marry. And I spent more than one hundred memorable sea days on the tall ship, Lady Nelson, learning a way of life that is virtually extinct. There aren’t many ways of truly understanding the rhythm of life before the twentieth century, but sailing a brig up the east coast of Tasmania and across Bass Strait is surely one of them. For a (former) landlubber scared of heights, it speaks volumes that I now count furling a topsail while at sea as one of the great pleasures in life.

That said, Wellspring is no ordinary fantasy. While there’s plenty of intrigue and adventure, it is my hope that readers will find the characters stay with them, that they will remember these personal accounts as if they were themselves there. I have written it as a chronicle, a collection of vivid primary source testimonies collected from witnesses in a trance-like state. In this regard, it is a historian’s flight of fancy – witnesses with perfect recall who can only tell the truth.

The truth is central to Wellspring. While a good book should entertain, it must do more than that. Without truth, there is no point to the hopes and struggles of my characters. They fight for what they believe in. They do not live in a nihilistic world like ours. They are a reminder of what we have lost and what may be regained if we too have faith and fortitude.

Finally, it would be remiss of me to neglect to mention that today is an auspicious day, and not just because it marks the release of this labour of love. It is the birthday of two exceptional gentlemen whose faith in me has surpassed my own. Without them, I might never have had the courage to liberate Wellspring from its years of hibernation. I wish them both many happy returns. We do, however, live in a modern world, and I am told every book needs a trailer, just like a film. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford the services of Kenneth Branagh, so here is my debut.  (Watch it full screen if you can.)

You can purchase Wellspring at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Autographed copies are also available direct from me for Australian residents only.  Cost is $20 plus $15 express postage. Email me if you would like to order a copy: mishka@alumni.brown.edu

My New Novel ‘Wellspring’ Available Next Month

Like a good single malt, this novel of mine has taken a long time to mature, but I am pleased to inform you that it is in its final stages.  Control freak that I am, my current battle is to switch hats and complete the maps and cover design.

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The book should be available mid-June, Deo volente.  If you are a writer interested in an advance PDF copy for review or an interview with me, please contact me at mishka@alumni.brown.edu.

MEG Author Inside

Mishka Gora is the author of Fragments of War and has written about faith, conscience, and international justice for more than a decade in publications such as Quadrant, Catholic365, and The Times of Israel.

An erstwhile historian (trained at Monash, UCLA, Brown, and UTas), she is the winner of the 2007 George Yule Essay Prize and featured in the 2012 Croatian documentary film Udruzena Nepravda (Joint Injustice). Mishka is married with four home-educated children and is passionate about tall ships, sword-fighting, and historical costume and cuisine.

Genocide Denial at the International Court of Justice


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“The ICJ has not disputed that people were taken out and murdered on account of their ethnicity. It has not disputed the existence of concentration camps. But they have come out with a pathetic childish lie: that the Serbs didn’t mean to destroy the Croats.

Make no mistake, this is the new face of genocide denial.”

Read more: The New Face of Genocide Denial | Mishka Gora | The Blogs | The Times of Israel http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-new-face-of-genocide-denial/#ixzz3QrCNfHeL

In Blithe Australia….


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Things are blithe but not so bonny in Australia….

“As we light the first of our Hanukkah candles this evening, we do so in the knowledge that it is not in a room full of sunlight. Darkness is falling in Australia, not least in our own minds. It’s time for us to call a spade a spade. If we can’t even call terrorism by its name or, worse, feel compelled to blame the victim, we are complicit in our own downfall. There may be no reasonable way to root out every single potential terrorist in our country, but we can stifle such impulses by illuminating the truth and stamping upon lies and deceptions. The first step at this juncture is to call the ‘siege’ an ‘attack’ and the ‘lone gunman’ a ‘terrorist’. Unless we can admit these basic facts, the darkness will continue to descend.”
Read more: In Blithe Australia… | Mishka Gora | The Blogs | The Times of Israel http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/in-blithe-australia/#ixzz3M2rQhtei
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