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29th July 2013
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Croatia
Lovely photo
From Blog: Pula & Rovinj
28th July 2013

Letinac
Did Nevenka know Jure Rajkovic or Mate Drazenovic?
From Blog: Brinje & Selce
28th July 2013

Yes!
I mentioned Jure's name as I was talking to my dad to translate our situation and she immediately turned her attention to what I was saying. It was kind of neat. I told her You knew of her family and of her brother in Australia. She said that her brother was there this year because she was ill for a while. She did know of Mate as well. Had a great visit with her!
From Blog: Brinje & Selce
19th July 2013
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Great pictures Joel!
Really a beautiful place - such a wonderful experience for your kids!
18th July 2013

Glad you made it...looks amazing!
17th July 2013

Enjoy!
Did you get up to the war memorial and watch the movies? LOL Enjoy my friends..........
15th July 2013

Looks like you are having a great trip Joel. Damogoj must be a cousin - I see family resemblance\'s. Thanks for the update - so much fun to live vicariously through the McDonald family : )
From Blog: Zagreb II
10th February 2010

krizpolje
Im from Krizpolje. Nevenka Perkovic, where does she live?, my mother and wife are from Letinac we reside in Canada. Presently we are on vacation in Hawaii , love your pictures
10th July 2013

Wow. This is late.
Walter I just saw your post. Nevenka is from Letinac. Your in laws might know her. I just got back to this site is Cs we are leaving for another trip on Tuesday. Can't wait. My email is joelmcdo@hibbing.k12.mn.us if you want to contact me directly. Joel
11th August 2009

sarajevo
Sarajevo Europe's Best Kept Secret by Maryam Manteghi Hailed as the Jerusalem of Europe, Sarajevo houses Catholic churches, Muslim mosques, a synagogue and Orthodox churches all within walking distance of each other. No other European city can boast such a thing and really, as you walk down the main street Ferhadija, and pass the beautiful Serb Orthodox church, the majestic Cathedral and the old Turkish-style Begova Mosque, all within five minutes, you realize that Sarajevo is Europe’s best kept secret. Sarajevo was home to a synagogue before any other city in Western Europe and, most incredibly, in a city that survived three and a half years of ethnic war, all of these structures remain unscathed. The main walking street is Ferhadija and it begins at the Eternal Flame, a fire that is kept burning at all times commemorating the then Yugoslavia’s triumph over fascism after WWII. .......................................................................................................................................................................................... The astonishing and unique SarajevoHaggadah was created in the middle of the 14th century, the golden age of Spain. We still do not know the exact date and place of the book’s creation or the name of the artist who illuminated it. Was it perhaps a wedding gift on the occasion of the marriage of members of two prominent families called Shoshan and Elazar, since there are two coats of arms in the bottom corners, one representing a rose (shoshan) and the other a wing (elazar)? Perhaps we will never learn. We do, however, know that in the eighteenth year after the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, the Haggadah changed hands. A note mentions this fact but does not provide us with the names of either of the owners. There is another note, dated 1609, stating that the book does not speak against the Church, which saved it from being burned by the Spanish Inquisition. We know nothing further about it until it is mentioned in 1894. It is assumed that the manuscript came to Bosnia and Herzegovina either as part of a dowry or as a bribe, or simply as the property of those seeking sanctuary in Sarajevo, the “European Jerusalem”, where Jews have lived alongside other faiths since 1565. It was in this city that the Jewish cultural, educational and humanitarian society, “La Benevolencia”, was established in 1892, and when a certain Josef Cohen offered to sell it to the society, they found that it was too expensive. What is its market value today? No one is certain. The estimates have been as high as 700 million US$, but this was probably a misprint for 7 million. It was bought for 150 Crowns (the equivalent of around $10,000) by the National Museum in Sarajevo (Zemaljski muzej), which was established in 1888. The manuscript was then sent to Vienna for an expert assessment, and was returned to Sarajevo a few years later. It is somewhat astonishing that the Austrians did not keep it for their own museum, but whether they returned it because Sarajevo was part of the Monarchy or it was the act of honest professionals, we are still grateful to them a hundred years later. The Haggadah was never publicly displayed. It was always kept in a special place and was available for viewing only to the select few. It was not seen, yet everyone knew about it. One of the first objects that the German forces demanded after entering Sarajevo in 1941 was the Sarajevo Haggadah. Thanks to the ingenuity of Mr Jozo Petrović, the director, and Mr Derviš Korkut, the curator of the National Museum, the Haggadah was not handed over. Obersturmbannfuehrer Fortner was quite puzzled when he was told that a German officer “has just taken the book away.” “And his name?” “How could we dare ask?” In any case, the book was saved, while the lives of its former owners and many of its enthusiastic readers ended in Jasenovac, Auschwitz, Gradiška, Jadovno and other concentration camps. The Haggadah survived, but no one now knows where or how. According to one version, it was hidden under the threshold of a mosque in a village at the foot of Mt Bjelašnica. Another claims that it was buried under a cherry or walnut tree. It is more realistic to assume that it was hidden among other titles in the museum’s rich library, as its nondescript binding would have prevented even the most sharp-eyed visitors from suspecting the real contents within the plain cardboard covers. Whatever the truth, after the liberation in 1945, the Haggadah was back in the National Museum. The first studies on it appeared and disputes over its ownership began. The Supreme Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina ruled that the Haggadah was the property of Bosnia and Herzegovina and that its custodian was the National Museum, which ended the dispute. The Madrid organisers of the Sefarad ’92 exhibition, marking the 500th anniversary of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, requested that the Haggadah be sent for display in this, the largest exhibition of Sephardic art ever. However, the Madrid Museum required it to be insured for 7 million US$ and, because of the wars in Slovenia and in Croatia, this idea had to be abandoned as the premium was too high. Thus, the Haggadah remained in Sarajevo awaiting the coming war. This time, it was saved in a dramatic fashion. The hero was Dr Enver Imamović, the director of the Museum, who, together with several brave policemen and members of the territorial guard, rescued the Haggadah from the Museum, which was on the front line, and transferred it to the vault of the National Bank. While the war raged in Bosnia and Herzegovina several newspaper articles abroad speculated that the Haggadah had been destroyed or even that the Government of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina had sold it and used the funds to buy arms, all of which was untrue. By the beginning 1995 the plight of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sarajevo was no longer high on the agenda for media around the world. This gave rise to the idea of refocusing international attention on Sarajevo by using the Haggadah. US Senator Lieberman declared that he would come to Sarajevo for Passover if the Sarajevo Haggadah were on the table. President Izetbegović and Prime Minister Silajdžić accepted the idea and the Haggadah was brought to the Jewish Community building for Passover in 1995 under extremely tight security. The event was reported by news agencies around the world and quite a few sent their reporters to Sarajevo especially for the occasion. It was breaking news on CNN, though Senator Lieberman did not make it to Sarajevo because of the siege and the closing of the airport. Thus, the Haggadah was presented to the public once again. It proved that we, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, cared for cultural values created in milieux other than our own, and at the same time we achieved our aim of drawing world attention to Sarajevo and to the Haggadah.. The following year 12 million American viewers saw a programme on ABC Night Line dedicated to this priceless manuscript. Through the joint efforts of the UN Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, our Jewish Community, the National Museum and several donors, in 2002 a room with special security was opened so that the Haggadah could finally be on permanent public display. Jakob Finci President of the Jewish Community of Bosnia & Herzegovina Sarajevo
2nd August 2009

Hey
Tell mofo Domagoj that I am sorry that I missed his call! You guys must have been closing down Santana's in Brinje?
From Blog: Korcula
27th July 2009

Looks like you guys are having a great trip! Great Blog:)
From Blog: Korcula
26th July 2009

Ayden-nice smile!!
Things are looking good. So far so good. Now the fun begins!! Good luck on the highways.
From Blog: Korcula
26th July 2009

Sorry...
There are no comments on these...to sum it up...there is Dad with his new friend Marko...shots of the visit with the Sister...which is an hour of my life I will NEVER get back. Ayden with a banana split on our last night in Dubrovnik...Ayden eating shark tonight in Korcula. Dad playing picigin with Grandpa at Lumbarda...The kids with girls from NYC who spend their summers in Korcula selling shells...and that is about it for now. Gotta get dad to bed.
From Blog: Korcula
26th July 2009

looks like fun! the ocean is beautiful - wish we could be swimming there too. anna really likes seeing the pictures - she likes to point out abbey, ayden & especially joel. send more - can't wait to see them!
From Blog: Dubrovnik Part 2
24th July 2009

Hvala
Hey Joel, Looks like a great time so far. Great you got to Banje, though I would have liked to spend more time there. Keep these coming. Bok
From Blog: Dubrovnik Part 2
24th July 2009

What Fun!
I am so jealous!!!! Glad you hear you guys made it and are doing well! It looks like a great time. Tell Bob it is my turn next. Love you guys and be safe!! Can't wait to see what's next. Tina
From Blog: Dubrovnik Part 2
24th July 2009

Croatia:)
Looks Great! Glad to see the updates! Keep us posted!
From Blog: Dubrovnik Part 2

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