Macedonian Societies in Switzerland & The Paris Peace Conference

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  • Liberator of Makedonija
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    Seeking more info on these societies in Switzerland as well. Heard somewhere they were very critical of the organisations in Bulgaria which they claimed had fallen under the influence of Sofia's politicians.

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  • Liberator of Makedonija
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    Anyone know anymore of this supposed uprising in 1880?

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  • Soldier of Macedon
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    I have merged some other threads with this one as it relates to the same topic. I suggest you read through this thread from the beginning to get a better idea of the situation and of Konstantin Stefanov.

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  • George S.
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    In these modern times the fact there are injustices committed by the greeks ,now is the time to make things right & to settle the score & stop hiding under a rock.To come out & admit the shocking attrocities once & for all.

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  • julie
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    An appeal that fell on deaf power ego hungry thieves ears.

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  • The LION will ROAR
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    Appeal to the Paris Peace Conference - 1919





    Macedonian people has a long and tumultuous history that has passed through any ordeal, the most difficult challenges. Ever fought for their place under the sun, constantly fought for national freedom, for independence. Macedonia was like an eternal struggle between darkness and light, which is constantly transmitted from one generation to another. Each generation has struggled under different conditions and circumstances, but with different fates.

    Ruthlessly implemented various methods of destroying the national consciousness of independence, the Macedonian people not to bow and not reconciled with rouvanjeto. Always fought against the conquerors to preserve their identity, language, church, customs, tradition, ie, all tokens that mark as a separate Macedonian nation.

    Today is unnecessary to emphasize that the Macedonians would never claim to conquer territories as do our neighbors. On the contrary, always fought and are fighting to preserve their identity and take its rightful place Europe and worldwide. Southern neighbor with the help of international and domestic pressure groups, supporters, made a successful propaganda to create a different image of our historical past. Still persistent in his intention to dounishtat state and national name and reshape history.

    APPEAL TO THE PARIS PEACE CONFERENCE - 1919

    The editor of the Times

    Sir - While these moments peace conference is occupied by requiring a solution to Balkan problems, two million Macedonians fear anticipate finding a satisfactory solution to the Macedonian question.

    It happened once in the Balkans in 1914, when the spark occurred and the whole world is lit. Precarious situation in Macedonia is the main cause of conflict between the Balkan states. Our neighbors do just to become masters of our unfortunate country and unfortunate Macedonian population is zhrva antagonizam.Nie their warlike tendencies are not nor are responsible for the mistakes of the Balkan diplomats in the past playing with the fate of Macedonia.

    So please you in the Peace Conference not to take into account the intrigues of Balkan diplomacy, and not allow the division of our country .- Rather, we seek annulment of the Treaty of Bucharest in 1913 and the establishment of an independent state under a protectorate of Great Powers . Such a radical solution would allow for free political and economic development of all residents in the country regardless of religion, race, language or religion.

    Independent Macedonia as a bridge linking between these states and will find ways to establish a Balkan Confederation.

    With the implementation of the principles of the Great Powers of the Entente, we in the General Council of the Macedonians in Switzerland and those in the U.S., accounting for an organized body of 50,000 young people, along with over 250,000 people in Macedonia, "which are also in a position to freely express their wishes of the majority of citizens ", we believe that the Supreme Court will bring a final solution to the Macedonian question. To realize such a solution, send the following requests to the peace conference:

    First Due to intolerable worsening situation in Macedonia, we seek to send troops immediately from the composition of the major powers to end the suffering of our brothers and sisters, who moaned under the foreign yoke. At the same time and would guarantee the principle of self-determination through a plebiscite ..

    Second To enable the delegates to the Macedonians to come to Paris to express their wishes and demands before the conference.

    Third To allow the return of Macedonian refugees scattered around the world in their native homes and opportunities for self-determination.

    I firmly believe and are confident in the efforts of the signatories to the Peace Conference, that will implement a lasting peace in the Middle East that would be dobrodatelstvo Macedonia and we will be forever in your service.

    Македонскиот народ има долга и бурна историја низ која помина секакви премрежја, најтешки предизвици.


    General Council of the Macedonian community in Switzerland.
    Professor Konstantin Stefanov
    Gordana Dimovska

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  • Bratot
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    Yes, but he later wrote in favour of Yugoslavian federation "DRIFTING TOWARD A JUGOSLAV FEDERATION By Constantine Stephanove" page 930:



    I guess he was switching his views according to the political conditions.

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  • Stojacanec
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    Originally posted by Bratot View Post
    He presents some very contradicting statements, but this his book offers a completly pure Bulgarian political propaganda after the Balkan wars in order to convince the Westerners that Macedonia is Bulgarian.
    It is full of Bulgarian propaganda but at the same time it shows the relative non existence of the Greeks in Macedonia.

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  • Bratot
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    Macedonian translation:

    "Лозана, 12 август, 1919

    (Дадено на Херон да го препрати до претседателот Вилсон)

    Господине,

    Во овој момент додека Мировната Конференција е преокупирана со решавање на балканскиот проблем, ние, два милиони Македонци, загрижено очекуваме непристрасно праведно решение на македонското прашање.
    Од Балканот во 1914 година се подави искрата што го вовлече светот во оган. Несигурната положба во Македонија е главната причина за конфликтот помеѓу балканските држави. Нашите соседи прават се што можат за да станат господари на аншата несреќна земја. Најголемата несреќа на македонското население се должи на тој кобен антагонизам. Ние не сме ниту воинствени ниту одговорни за грешките на балканските дипломатии, коишто во минатото си играа со судбината на Македонија.
    Господине, искено ве молиме Мировната Конференција да не обрнува внимание на интригите на балканските дипломатии, и да не дозволите делба на нашата земја. Да го наулира трагичниот договор од Букурешт од 1913 година, и Македонија да ја прогласи за независна држава под протекторат на една од големите незаинтересирани сили. Таквото радикално решение ќе им осигури на сите жители, независно од расата, јазикот или верата, слободен политички и економски развиток, и ќе стави крај на зависта и конфликтите помеѓу балканските држави. Независна Македонија ќе служи како врска помеѓу тие држави и ќе го подготви патот за создавање Балканска Конфедерација.
    Сметајќи дека ќе се исполнат благородните принципе на големите сили на Антантата, Генералниот Совет на Македонските Друштва во Швајцарија кој ги претставува Македонците во Швајцарија и оние во Соединетите Американски Држави, основано организирано тело од 50,000 млади луѓе, што кореспондираат на преку 250,000 луѓе во Македонија, а се во можност слободно да ги изразуваат желбите на мнозинството од нашите сограѓани, сесрдно го моли највисокиот мировен суд за праведно трајно решение на македонското прашање. За реализацијата на едно такво решение ја молиме Конференцијата за:

    1) Бидејќи денес условите се неподносливи, Македонија да биде окупирана од војски на големите непристрасни сојузнички сили, за да се стави крај на несреќите на нашите браќа и сестри, кои стенкаат под туѓиот јарем, и за да се осигури принципот на самоопределување, преку референдум.

    2) Да се одобри во Парис да дојдат делегати на Македонците за пред Мировната Конференција да ги изнесат желбите на македонскиот народ.

    3) На Македонските бегалци во странство да им се овозможи да се вратат во своите домови за да се посветат на своите мирни дејности.

    Цврсто верувајќи во напорите на Мировната Конференција да обезбеди мир на Блискиот Исток и така да стане добротворка за Македонија,
    остануваме Ваши предани слуги,

    Генерален Совет на Македонските Друштва во Швајцарија,

    Претседател: Проф. Константин Стефанов

    Секретар: Бл. Бојаџиев"

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  • Bratot
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    He presents some very contradicting statements, but this his book offers a completly pure Bulgarian political propaganda after the Balkan wars in order to convince the Westerners that Macedonia is Bulgarian.

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  • TRAVOLTA
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    I agree with you....

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  • Soldier of Macedon
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    Stephanove was still a believer in a unified 'people' consisting of Macedonians and Bulgarians when he wrote the above.

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  • TRAVOLTA
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    The link of the whole book....

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  • TRAVOLTA
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    Last edited by TRAVOLTA; 04-30-2011, 02:22 AM.

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  • Dats
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    Originally posted by A-Lion-The-Kiss View Post
    Andů this is his work:

    Prof, Constantine (Demeter) STEPHANOVE {BG} (M: 1873 Apr 25 - 1940 Jan 30)
    -Anglo-Bulgarian Dictionary [n|1908]
    -Complete Bulgarian-English Dictionary [n|1914]
    -The Bulgarians and Anglo-Saxon Dom [n|1919]
    -The Great Victorian - Tennyson and His Poetry [b|1925]
    -Complete Anglo-Bulgarian Dictionary [n|1929]
    -Byron, the Poet of Liberty and of World-Grief [b|1930]
    -Apotheosis of Labour in Bulgarian Folk-lore And Folk-Song [n|1932]
    -English Cultural Influence in Bulgaria [n|1932]




    Also a book called "We the Macedonians" circa 1920

    The Evening Missourian 1920 February 6 Page 4

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