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1922-2012 , MPO 90 years struggle for freedom of Macedonia

1922-2012 , MPO 90 years struggle for freedom of Macedonia



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Published by Dragomir Bogdanov
1922-2012 , MPO 90 years struggle for freedom of Macedonia.
1922-2012 , MPO 90 years struggle for freedom of Macedonia.

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Why did I make this booklet?After talking to many people regarding the Macedonian question, I realized, namely, that most Bulgarians had not evenheard about the Macedonian Patriotic Organization - MPO. As the direct result from a forty-five years communistdictatorship in Bulgaria dating from 1944 to 1989, the communists labeled the MPO an enemy organization serving the‘hostile immigration’, thus, imposing a shroud of disinformation upon the Bulgarians. Borders closed, no moreimmigrants were allowed to leave the Motherland. Meanwhile, the communists in Skopje instigated a brutal, bothmental and physical, intimidation over the Macedono-Bulgarian population in Yugoslav Macedonia as well as inAmerica. In fact, I have been told horrific stories by older members of the MPO as to the ways UDBA – the secretpolice of Yugoslavia – acted upon them.In Yugoslav Macedonia, relatives of the Macedonian Bulgarians in America were pressured by the police to influencetheir relatives in leaving the Macedono-Bulgarian churches and joining the newly formed Yugoslav-Macedonian ones.The latter became headquarters of the Serbo-Macedonian propaganda in America. Members of the MPO wererepeatedly denied a visa for Yugoslavia, or, in case they did receive such, they were ‘monitored’ and held forquestioning by the Yugoslav police. In his book ‘A visit to Yugoslav Macedonia’, the patriot and longtime member of the Central Committee of the MPO Chris Anastasoff accounts for all this. Another great MPO patriot and MPOPresident, George Lebamoff, in his ‘An American Macedonian-Autobiography’ describes how, under threat of imprisonment, his books in Bulgarian language were confiscated at theYugoslav-Macedonian border. Many Macedonian Bulgarians living in Yugoslav Macedonia were imprisoned just forowning Bulgarian books or those written by the IMRO leader Ivan Mihaylov.Unfortunately, this is also the time when the Yugoslav communists commenced sending secret agents in order toinfiltrate the MPO. In all of its papers and documents after 1944, MPO has been carefully warning its members towatch out for ‘Tito’s agents’ and defy their propaganda. These were the manners with which the communists wereinfluencing over and oppressing our emigration. Only a small part of the MPO members was successfully deceived bythis Macedonist propaganda. This was largely due to ignorance and lack of basic knowledge on the history of Macedonia. At present, there are MPO members who are still not familiar with the so called by-laws of theorganization, although their membership has been going on for many years now. In these by-laws, it is clearly statedthat ‘Macedonian is NOT a nationality’ as well as that fact that ‘Macedonian nationalities include Bulgarians, Vlachs,Albanians, Turks, Greeks, etc.Of the dozens of books issued by the MPO and from the hundreds of documents in the archives of the MacedonianTribune that I have read, it appears that the MPO is the longest acting organization in defense of the Bulgarian ethniccharacter of Macedonia.Another mistake some MPO members tend to make is confusing the state of R. Makedonija with the geographical areaof Macedonia. The State of R. Makedonija, with its capital Skopje, is a mere continuation of the Serb politics, first, inthe Kingdom of Yugoslavia and, later, in Communist Yugoslavia. By terrorizing the Bulgarian population, thedestruction of the Bulgarian heritage in this part of the geographical Macedonia (subject to another brochure) wasaimed. Fortunately, the vast majority of MPO members did not succumb to this Makedonist propaganda and continuesto remember its Bulgarian heritage. To my surprise, all of the old members of the MPO (even the Makedonists) knowhow to sing the ‘Shumi Maritsa’ song, which was the national anthem of the Kingdom of Bulgaria until 1944.We, the members of MPO-Pirin, as Bulgarians from the Pirin part of Macedonia, will never accept the Makedonistpropaganda and the lies about our history! All MPO and IMRO documents clearly demonstrate that the people whofounded the revolutionary organization IMRO in Macedonia in 1893 as well as those who set up and organized MPO in1922 were proud to be Bulgarians.I dedicate this short booklet to all the MPO members who have not lost their Bulgarian self-consciousness.
Many still wonder why the R.Makedonija (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) experiences difficulties with itsmembership in NATO and the EU. Is it the name issue with Greece the only problem? In fact, most problemsMacedonia has are related to the existing fundamental identity confusion. The Republic of Macedonia is trying to buildits identity upon theft and falsifications of the history of their neighbors. In spite of Greece being the current ‘show-stopper’ for Macedonia to join NATO and the EU, the real victims of this identity theft are the Macedonian Bulgarians.Makedonija would officially usurp any part of the Bulgarian character and history associated with the geographicalregion of Macedonia. Among these are the medieval Bulgarian tzar Samuil, Bulgarian national revival key figures bornin Macedonia- the Miladinov brothers, Kuzman Shapkarev, Rajko Jinzifov, Grigor Parlichev, Nathaniel Ohridski, JordanHadzhikonstantinov- Djinot among others, our Bulgarian revolutionaries from IMRO and the Macedono-Bulgarianemigrant organizations in Bulgaria, Europe, America, and Canada.Makedonija is attempting to steal the authentic history of MPO. Let every reader judge for him/herself what kind of organization MPO is indeed.
Article above, and next page by Chris Anastasoff. Hristo Anastasoff was born in 1895 in Turia, a village in the Kostur region, Egey(Aegean) Macedonia, then in the Ottoman Empire. He took part in the fight against the Greek patriarchy propaganda and the Ottomanrule.
Graduated from a Bulgarian gymnasium in Lerin. After the Balkan War, Christ Anastassoff participates in thepreparation of the Ohrid uprising of IMRO against the Serbian occupation of Vardar Macedonia. With the help of somefellow revolutionaries, he organized the region of Debar. After immigrating to America and settling in St. Louis, he studiedhistory and graduated in BA and MA from Washington University. Anastassoff was a longtime member of the CentralCommittee of the Macedonian Patriotic Organization and is the author of many books on Macedonian thematic. Togetherwith Lazar Kiselincheff and Christo Nizamoff, he organized the Information Bureau of MPO, and became the officialspokesman of the organization. Further, he became a regular contributor of the MPO, serving for over 34 years as Vice-president of the Central Committee. Anastassoff is the author of
The Tragic Peninsula
A century of BalkanTurmoil
The case for an Autonomous Macedonia
(1945) as well as
A visit to Yugoslavia
(1957). He translatedIvan
s book
Stalin and the Macedonian Question
(1948) as well as
Macedonia: Switzerland of theBalkans
(1950). He is also the founder, editor-in-chief, and publisher of the international quarterly
(1967-1973).Christ Anastassoff is listed in Personalities of the West and Midwest.

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