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Croatian soccer international matches in 1940 with Switzerland and in 1990 with the USA
Nenad Bach: Svaka čast ekipi kreativaca koji su ostvarili kako sam dogadjaj tako i ovaj film koji će ući u povijest, htjeli to neki ili ne. Svaka čast Nenad Petrić, Dado Komerički i Ivan Blažičko, izvrsno ste složili ovaj film, bez dinamičke rupe, sve teče kako treba, s puno emocija i činjenica. Ivan John Opačak, što za reći nego veliko HVALA, pokazali ste svoje sportske i ljudske kvalitete. Zadnja rečenica u filmu Mladena Vedriša, zapovjednika kriznog štaba u Zagrebu za vrijeme rata te predsjednika HNS-a 1990-1994 govori sve: "Ništa manje nije bio drugačiji odnos u ratu. Bila je to bitka Davida i Golijata koju smo u ratu dobili. Prema tome mi kao nacija imamo jedan snažan potencijal. Imamo snagu za presudne momente, imamo talent ..." On the photo Troy Dayak, USA soccer player, who discovered his Croatian roots in 1990.

World Peace in One Hour at the United Nations
UN Chronicle: "Is Humanity able of achieving sustainable, everlasting peace? I say YES, and the time is NOW!" Musician, composer and peace activist Nenad Bach shares his ideas for achieving "World Peace in One Hour": https:it.ly3kvgDkN. In 1984, the year he arrived in New York, the United Nations General Assembly, by resolution 39/11, adopted the Declaration of the Right of Peoples to Peace, in which United Nations Member States solemnly proclaimed that the peoples of our planet had a sacred right to peace.

Paul Bucha recipient of the Medal of Honor has Croatian roots
Paul "Buddy" Bucha was born on August 1, 1943, in Washington, D.C. He is of Croatian descent; his paternal grandfather immigrated to the United States from the Croatian town of Našice. He graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 1961. An all-American swimmer in high school, Bucha was offered athletic scholarships to several universities but turned them down and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduation he earned a Master of Business Administration at Stanford University before beginning his military career at Fort Campbell. Bucha was sent to Vietnam in 1967 as a captain and commander of Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment.

Nenad Bach International Newsletter No. 57: Peace Maker
Protecting the existence of all species, sustaining life on Earth, exploring outer space, tackling disease and mortality, solving the pollution problem, coexisting with the environment, electing more women to leadership positions and creating real freedom that includes true private property: world peace is a prerequisite for all of these objectives. 25 years from Pavarotti and Friends in Modena, Italy. A Call for peace in Bosnia Herzegovina. 3 months after this concert, war ended. We partnered with Steve Rowe and Aerobic Table Tennis to produce instructional videos for PingPongParkinson.

Damjan Rodin 1910-1968 Croatian priest in Brasil founder of Vila Croacia in Rio de Janeiro
Damjan Rodin was one of the first Croatian priests to move to Brazil after the Second World War, where he organised the religious and community life of the ethnic Croatian community in Sao Paulo. In Rio de Janeiro he continued his important work for Croatians and Brazilians. He was born in the Šibenik hinterland (in the town of Prvić Luka on the island of Prvić) and moved to Brazil in 1947, working as parish priest in Sao Paulo. He raised a favela in Rio de Janeiro now known as Vila Croacia, part of the Senador Camara district.

Yoko Nishii presenting Dora Pejacevic and the town of Nasice in Croatia
In this article we present a nice video prepared by Yoko Nishii (Ise, Japan), dedicated to the 135th anniversary of the birth of Dora Pejačević (on the photo), the first Croatian woman composer of international reputation. In this video, Yoko plays Pejačević's "Chanson sans paroles" in C Major Op. 5 (Song without words), accompanied with lovely sceneries from the town of Našice, where Dora was living, and where Yoko already had several pianist concerts. Yoko Nishii had nearly fifty soloist concerts in as many as 24 Croatian cities and towns. We should also stress that she speaks Croatian.

Miro Vidovic 1967-2020 world class producer with a heart of gold
Miro Vidović, born in the city of Vukovar, was one of the best Croatian music producers. Numerous distinuished musicians attended his "Morris Studio", founded in 1997 in the city of Zagreb: 2CELLOS (Stjepan Hauser and Luka Šulić), Oliver Dragojević, Maksim Mrvica, Gibonni, Arsen Dedić, Nenad Bach, etc. He was a manager of 2CELLOS, that he directed since the very beginning. 2CELLOS said that Miro discovered them, but Miro modestly said that in fact 2CELLOS discovered him. Miro was always simple, modest, and down to the earth.

14th Epidaurus Festival organized in Cavtat on September 5-12, 2020
U subotu 5. rujna, po prvi puta u predvorju Kneževa dvora u Cavtatu, organiziramo svečano otvorenje 14. Epidaurus festivala. Njime među inim obilježavamo 130. obljetnica rođenja proslavljenog cavtačanina Tina Pattiere, koji nas je ne samo zadužio nego i podučio svojim primjerom kako moramo ustrajati u stvaranju umjetnosti i ljepote oko nas. Dijelić života ovog markantnog i sjajnog tenora će nam Franica Krampus Vidović, dugogodišnja profesorica Povijesti glazbe u Umjetničkoj školi Luke Sorkočevića u Dubrovniku, koja je i sama autorica brojnih studija i članaka o još uvijek nedovoljno poznatom pjevaču zlatnoga grla. Ostanite zdravo i raspjevano! Dobrodošli u Cavtat! The founder and artistic director of the Festival is Ivana Marija Vidović, on the photo.

Frano Maroevic 1908-1939 expert in maritime law and publicist from the island of Hvar in Croatia
Frano V. Maroević (1908-1939), died very young at the age of 31 in the native city of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar near the city of Split. Born in a family of mariners and shipbuilders, he was an established expert in maritime law, which he had studied at the University of Zagreb, where he also earned his PhD. He was also very interested in literature, mountaineering, sea travelling, about which he published numerous articles. In 2020, Hrvojka Mihanović-Salopek and Jeniđe Maroević-Kulaga published a luxorous, richly illustrated monograph entitled Maritimne sfere Frane V. Maroevića (Maritime Spheres of Frano V. Maroević).

Ante Glibota 1945-2020 distinguished Croatian patriot and historian of art and architecture
Mr. Ante Glibota, born in the town of Slivno in 1945, distinguished Croatian patriot and intellectual, passed away in Paris in 2020. According to the data provided by Mr. Glibota himself in 2017, during his appearance at the Croatian TV, his opus consists among others of about 220 books and catalogues published in some 15 languages (more than hundred of them in China only) and of about 550 large exhibitions organized throughout the world. His achievements are all the more impressive in the light of the fact that as a young person he spent two years in ex-Yugoslav communist prison (1972-1974).

Vukovar hosting fantastic Japanese Ningyo dolls exhibition 2020
The exhibition of beautiful Japanese Ningyo dolls has been opened on August 27th, 2020 in the city of Vukovar in the presence of Her Excellency Misako Kaji (on the photo), ambassador of Japan to Croatia. The exhbition will be opened until Septemeber 27th. Japan has a long and rich tradition of the art of dolls. It is not widely known that one of the most interesting collections of dolls representing national costumes of various countries throughout the world is kept in Croatia's capital Zagreb, in Ethnographic Museum, collected by Ljeposlav Perinić - The King of Dolls.

Nenad Bach International Newsletter No. 56: Post COVID?
"Nenad, Who Plays Ping Pong" is a short film about my passion for ping pong and using it to help those afflicted with Parkinson's. It is an Official Selection of 2020 Mountainfilm Festival, and was chosen Daily Short Pick on FilmShortage.com, May 27th, 2020. The film is touring and was screened last week in Sao Paulo, Brazil and will be touring August 24-26 in Southampton, New York, US. You can get more information here. We are now fortunate to have the film subtitled in 15 languages. My songs "Vukovar" "Everything is Forever" and "I Will Follow" were recently played by musical genius Pete Jones on his radio program in London.

Jelko Yuresha 1937 - 2020 distinguished Croatian ballet dancer
Belinda Wright and Jelko Yuresha (on the photo), English and Croatian dancers, established partnership as "Ambassadors of Dance", performing throughout the world. Jelko Yuresha, born in Croatia's capital Zagreb, studied ballet under Ana Roje, Nadine Nicolaeva Legat, Kathleen Crofton, Tamara Karsavina and worked with choreograhphers Leonid Massine, Vladimir Bourmeister, Frederick Ashton, Serge Lifar, Bronislava Nijinska. He appeared with Margot Fonteyn in the BBC-TV production of "Sleeping Beauty" (1959), was The Principal Dancer of The English National Ballet (previously London Festival Ballet) and danced Principal roles with British Royal Ballet.

St. Jerome and his importance for Croatians
St. Jerome, one of the most important spiritual writers of the Western Civilization, who translated the Bible into the Latin language, died in 420 AD. His importance for Croatia is analogous to that of St. Martin for France (who died in 397 AD). St. Jerome entered into the history of Croatian literature already in the Middle Ages. In Croatian lands there are as many as 63 sacral objects bearing the name of this saint. The present Papal Croatian Department of St. Jerome in Rome has its roots from the time of Pope Sixto V (end of 16th ct.), who was of Croatian origin. Protector of theologians, librarians, teachers and students, St. Jerome is celebrated on 30th of September.

Operation "Storm" 1995 is the first ever military action that prevented genocide
Distinguished Croatian scholar and humanitarian activist Slobodan Lang (on the photo) defined the 1995 Operation Storm as the first ever military action that prevented genocide. This military operation liberated much territory from Serbian occupation, saved the Bihać enclave in Bosnia-Hercegovina and defeated Milošević and his allies, finally bringing peace. Documentary maker Nikola Knez, has put online his English language documentary entitled "Operation Storm" (available at YouTube). Congratulations on the occasion of Victory Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders on 5th August to citizens of Croatia and all Croatians in the world.

TESLA (T) unit for magnetic flux density introduced in 1960 in Paris
TESLA is a unit for magnetic induction, that is, of the magnetic flux density, introduced in 1960 (October 18th) in Paris by the General Conference on Weights and Measures. It is a part of basic SI derived units. With this article, we mark 60 years since introducing this important unit. In his autobiography published in 1919, Tesla wrote: "I had become intensely interested in electricity under the stimulating influence of my Professor of Physics, who was an ingenious man and often demonstrated the principles by apparatus of his own invention." The name of Tesla's professor, when he was at the age of 14-17, was Martin Sekulić.

Mia Slavenska 1916-2002 Croatian ballet prodigy
Mia Slavenska, the greatest Croatian female classical dancer in history, was born in Brod na Savi, Croatia, on February 20, 1916, the daughter of Milan and Heddwiga (Palme) Čorak. Her early teachers include Josephina Weiss, former Ballerina of the Vienna State Opera, Margarita Froman, ballerina of the Bolshoi and Maximilian Froman, soloist of the Bolshoi. Mia Slavenska was a student at the Royal Academy of Music, Zagreb, Croatia for five years, where she majored in piano. She studied ballet in both Vienna and Paris. She came to the United States in 1939 and was naturalized in 1947. She married Kurt Neumann and had one daughter, Maria. We draw your attention to an excellent film Mia Slavenska - A Dancer's Journey (60 min.), by Maria Ramas and Kate Johnson.

Journal of Croatian Studies founded in New York in 1960
The Journal of Croatian Studies is a scholarly publication dedicated to Croatian history and culture. It covers a broad range of fields, including history, literature, fine arts, music, philology, philosophy and political science. It also publishes documents of historical and cultural significance to Croatian Americans and their descendants. The present editors-in-chief of the Journal of Croatian Studies are VInko Grubisic and John Kraljic (on the photo). The journal is published by the Croatian Acadmey of America, established in 1953 in New York.

Studia Croatica journal founded in Buenos Aires in 1960
With this article we mark 60th anniversary of Studia Croatica, founded in 1960 in Buenos Aires. The journal has been founded by Croataian emmigrants. Its editors in chief were Ivo Bogdan (1960-1971), Franjo Nevistić (1971-1984), Radovan Latković (1984-1994), Joza Vrljičak (1995 till today, 2020, on the photo). Among numerous collaborators we mention Ernest Bauer, Rafo Bogišić, Gojko Borić, Christophe Dolbeau, Jozo Kljaković, Kristian Kreković, Mateo Martinic, Ivan Meštrović, C. Michael McAdams, Vinko Nikolić, Bogdan Radica, Zdravko Sančević, Carl Gustav Stroehm, Franjo Tuđman, Carmen Verlichak, Viktor Vida. In 2020, August Šenoa's novel Zlatarevo zlato (Goldsmith's Treasure) has been translated into Castilian: El Tesoro del Orfebre.

2CELLOS Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser about their families and concerts

Messages for Luka: Great interview. He's the sweetest hubby, papa and family man! To top that with his talent and passion in music? What more could one ask for? Lucky wife. Lucky life. Lucky babies. God bless them. (Marlene Rudolfa) | Dank je wel Luka, geniet van je break, en Dankje wel voor dit interview waarin wij ook iets van jou mogen zien! Dank voor de prachtige momenten die ik van jullie heb gehad en hopelijk nog krijg!!! Geniet ze van je dochter! (Klazina Verboom). Messages for Stjepan: Que bonita familia. La, familia es lo mas importante y valioso (Ana Rodanes Martinez) | La photo est tres touchante avec tes parents. Ca m'a mis les larmes aux yeux, surtout que je n'ai plus les miens. (Jocelyne Boulianne)

PingPongParkinson 2022 svjetsko prvenstvo planirano u Zagrebu
Nenad Bach, naš poznati glazbenik i mirovni aktivist, idejni začetnik programa PingPongParkinson, na svom se osobnom primjeru uvjerio u dobrobit igranja stolnoga tenisa. PingPongParkinson prepoznala je i Svjetska stolnoteniska federacija ITTF. Molimo zainteresirane osobe bez obzira na znanje igranja stolnoga tenisa da se jave, kako bi po gradovima Hrvatske organizirali stručne treninge. 2022 godine u Zagrebu je planirano Svjetsko prvenstvo PingPongParkinson, stoga svi zainteresirani igrači moći će biti dio toga prvenstva a možda i uspijemo dobiti i svjetskog prvaka iz Hrvatske. Svi zainteresirani za igranje diljem Hrvatske javite se na: PingPongParkinson Hrvatska, g. Krešo Grobenski (na slici), mob. 098 249 416, E-mail: grobenski.kreso@gmail.com

Marijana Grisnik Croatian painter from Strawberry Hill in Kansas City USA
Marijana Grišnik (b. Pintar) is a woman with strong ties both to Strawberry Hill and the ethnic heritage of its people. All four of her grandparents immigrated to Kansas City from Croatia. According to Marijana, "I was very fortunate in that my mother shared me with the people on the Hill. They all seemed to have a hand in raising me." As a child Marijana loved to sketch the sights of Strawberry Hill. It was, however, after the birth of her third child that she began painting her memories of growing up on Strawberry Hill. Through her canvases this self-taught artist has become the storyteller of this ethnic community.

Zoran Orlic world class music photographer: Live From Chicago!

The Croatian-born photographer relocated to Chicago at an early age and began photographing bands in college. As a young musician might, he took his mantra seriously: practice, practice, practice. It wasn't until he chanced upon the work of one of the greatest rock photographers of all time that lightning struck, and he realized what he wanted to do with his life. "I shot Jeff," Orlic says of his first photo shoot with Wilco's founder, Jeff Tweedy. "They liked it, and the rest is history. I just kind of never left." From the perspective of the bands and record labels for whom he works, Orlic's easygoing manner and ability to produce images efficiently and without getting in the way are equally as important as his artistic prowess.

Yoko Nishii plays Sergei Rachmaninov
I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to all others who have assisted and supported me in various ways in making this CD. In particular, great support was given by Tokamachi City which is known as a host town for Croatia for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Croatia is my second home where I'd studied and spent seven years. Tokamachi City has a warm friendship with Croatia since the 2002 FIFA World Cup and it was really special for me to get a chance to make the recording at such a city. I hope that this CD would contribute to a further development of a beautiful friendship between Japan and Croatia.

Tino Pattiera 1890-1966 distinguished Croatian tenor promoted by Franica Vidovic Krampus
Tino Pattiera was born in 1890 and died 1966 in his beloved town of Cavtat. He was a world-renown opera singer. His voice was a heroic, dramatic and delightful tenor, with perfect diction and pronunciation for both the German and Italian opera opus. He was an irresistibly attractive figure on the stage and is remembered by his attractive voice and appearance. Among other accomplishments, he was a lead in The Saxony Kingdom Opera House in Dresden and guest soloist at The New York Metropolitan Opera. He was among the greatest Croatian singers in history. With this article we mark 130 years since the birth of Tino Pattiera in the town of Cavtat, near the city of Dubrovnik.

CROWN podržava 8. listu Ruze Studer za XI. izbornu jedinicu
Ruža Studer je rođena u jednom malom ličkom selu. Godine 1978. dolazi s obitelji u Švicarsku, u grad Schaffhausen. Godine 2006. birana je za predsjednicu HKUD-a "Fala". Upoznaje probleme s kojima se susreće iseljeništvo i uviđa da je teško pronaći kvalitetne informacije na jednom mjestu. To je bio glavni motiv koji ju je ponukao pokrenuti mrežni portal https://moja-domovina.net/. Uz želju povezivanja Hrvata raseljenih na sve strane svijeta s domovinom, glavni cilj portala je na jednom mjestu ponuditi važne informacije iseljenicima i povratnicima. U XI. izbornoj jedinici birajmo listu br. 8. MOJA VOLJENA HRVATSKA - MVH.

Ljubo Krasic 1938-2020 Croatian Franciscan founder of Croatian Schools of America and Canada
Krasić's contribution to the formative period of Croatian language instruction abroad was massive and aimed at promoting our language and culture in North America. He left his homeland with a broad educational background and worked in the frame of Catholic missions in the Croatian communities on the dissemination of our language and culture in the anglophone world, all whilst discharging his complex parish duties while resident in the USA and in Canada. He enriched his new home through the organisation of Croatian language instruction and the printing of textbooks, magazines and books. (Dr. Vinko Grubišić.)

Zeljko Zuanovic Croatian priest and his wonderful world of sea shells

Željko Zuanović is a Croatian catholic priest, with an interesting hobby: he collects see shells throughout the world. His collection of about 2500 shells is since 2020 exhibited in the village of Marijanci, a few kilometers of Valpovo the NE of Croatia. We recommend you to pay a visit to his collection of shells. Surprisingly, rev. Zuanović was born in continental part of Croatia, and his other hobbies include diving, singing, cooking and writing poetry. He has published a wonderful book entitled The World of Shells.

1141 years since the first international recognition of Croatia: 879 - 2020
The Croatian Prince Branimir, 9th century, made important steps in strengthening the relations with Rome. During the solemn divine service in St. Peter's church in Rome in 879, Pope John VIII gave his blessing to the prince and the whole Croatian people, about which he informed Branimir in his letters, the first one dated on May 21, 879. This was the first time that the Croatian state was officially recognized (at that time the international legitimacy was given by the Pope), which, as we see, happened more than eleven centuries ago! In his letter dated from 881 the Pope addressed Branimir as the "glorious prince".

Ragusa (Dubrovnik) in Croatia and Ragusa on the island of Sicily in Italy
The article deals with erroneous interpretation of the Ragusa veduta dating from 1695, kept at the National and University Library in Zagreb, Croatia (and there are numerous copies kept in other European libraries, the first edition originating from 1638). It was published Matthaeus Merian Sr., but it does not represent the city of Dubrovnik (Ragusa) in Croatia, but Ragusa on the island of Sicily in Italy. Most of the authors do not distinguish between Matthaeus Merian Sr. and his son Matthaeus Merian Jr., which has caused numerous mistakes and contradictions. It is interesting that Matthaeus Merian Jr. (on the photo) prepared a well known veduta of the city of Dubrovnik (Ragusa in Croatia) in flames, after the 1667 earthquake, and not his father (who has died 17 years earlier, in 1650).

Franka Miriam Brueckler author of three math books published by Springer
Franka Miriam Brueckler, employed at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Zagreb, has published already three mathematical books with Springer Verlag, all of them in German langague. The first two deal with the History of Mathematics, while the third one, which appeared in 2019, is dedicated to mathematical foundations of chrystallography (for both mathematicians and natural scientists): Mathematische Grundlagen der Kristallographie fuer Matthematiker und Naturwissenschaftler. The last book has 207 pp, accompanied with more than 100 drawings and several tables. Congratulations to the author for her fine work!

Radojka Sverko singing Croatian National Anthem on the occasion of Statehood Day on May 30th, 2020
Radojka Šverko, Croatian diva, was singing Croatian National Anthem during the celebration of the Statehood Day on May 30th, 2020. On 30 May 1990, the first modern multi-party Croatian Parliament convened, following the 1990 Croatian parliamentary election. Croatian Deit (Sabor) is one of the oldest in Europe. During many centuries the Croats had their bans (viceroys) and their assembly called Sabor (Deit). The oldest known Sabor was held in Split in 925 and in 928 (devoted more to religious than to secular questions), and in 1076 when Dmitar Zvonimir was elected the Croatian King by the "unanimous choice of the clergy and the people".

Nenad, Who Plays Ping Pong
Nenad Bach is a world-class musician that decided to stop performing publicly after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2010. In the wake of his diagnosis he discovered that playing ping pong helped to alleviate his symptoms. Now he's attempting to help millions of others do the same. Official Selection of 2020 Mountainfilm Festival. Featured on Directors Library, May 28th, 2020. Daily Short Pick on FilmShortage.com, May 27th, 2020.

Branka Beretovac opera primadona of Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb
Branka Beretovac, soprano, was primadona of Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb for 35 years. She graduated from the Academy of Music of the University of Zagreb. In 1967, she became a permanent soloist at the Opera Stadt Theater in German capital Bonn. Upon returning back to Croatia in 1969, she had successful opera appearances in Croatia and throughout Europe: Bonn, Geneve, Monte Carlo, Paris, Madrid, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Berlin, Salzburg, Brno, Vienna, Luxembourg, Frankfurt am Main, Solingen, Ulm, Budapest, Frieburg and elsewhere. She had a fruitful collaboration with distinguished Croatian conductor Lovro von Matačić.

Tomislav Tom Gabric 1933-2006 distinguished Croatian architect in California, USA

Tomislav Gabric was born in the town of Metković in Croatia in 1933. He moved to the United States in 1962 to start his career in Los Angeles, California. Tomislav Gabric and his wife Lea married in 1964. They have one daughter Carole (Gabrić-Lewis). Mr. Gabric moved his architectural firm, Gabric & Associates to Corona around 1997. The firm is located at 903 South Ramona Ave in Corona. He completed as many as 1600 professional projects of various buildings throughout California. He was also a talented painter. On the left is his autoportrait from 1989.

Ivana Marija Vidovic a member of the jury of the pianist competition in Lviv in Ukraine 2020
U jednom od najkulturnijih središta Ukrajine i istočnog dijela Europe, u gradu Lvivu, u tijeku je karantensko međunarodno glazbeno natjecanje (via online) koje je samo za disciplinu klavira dalo priliku 1500. učesnika iz cijelog svijeta. Veliku je čast i odgovornost u prethodnih mjesec dana imala hrvatska pijanistica iz Dubrovnika Ivana Marija Vidović koja je sa svojim učešćem Hrvatsku po prvi put upisala u ovu fantastičnu glazbenu priču ameđu 29 svjetskih zemalja odakle su bili ostali kolege u žiriju natjecanja.

Rudy Tomjanovich elected to Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020
Former Houston Rockets player and head coach Rudy Tomjanovich was inducted in 2020 into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Now 71 years old, Tomjanovich played for the Rockets from 1970 through 1981, and was head coach from 1992 through 2003. That run included Houston's only two NBA titles in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. Rudy Tomjanovich is of Croatian descent.

Nasja Boskovic Meyer from St. Louis USA author of a collection of poems in Croatian
Here is yet another noted book by Nasja Meyer, member of Lodge 50 from St. Louis, MO, instructor of the Croatian language, and co-author of the well-known Croatian textbook "Croatia - The Country and Language" that she wrote with her daughter, Dr. Jasna Meyer. The new book is a collection of poetry titled "Five Red Rubies" ("Pet rubina crvenih") published this summer in Croatia. The book is hard cover, printed on high quality paper and illustrated by a well known water color artist, Lenka Zavirsek, from Split. It contains over 200 poems, all but one in Croatian.

Croatia: The Country and the Language

This book can be used as a present for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, Easter, confirmation, graduations, special days! Many of us wonder what we will give for gifts to our friends and relatives. We want to give a gift that is enriching and attractive, and we may spend hours deciding, looking for the "right" gift. For everyone who wants to learn more about the rich history and culture of Croatia and its language, Hrvatski Jezik. The book was written by Nasja Bošković Meyer and her daughter Jasna Meyer McCarthy, PhD.

The city of Zagreb struck in 2020 with the earthquake of 5.5 degrees on the Richter scale
As if the vicious corona pandemic was not enough! In March 22nd 2020, at 6:24 AM, the city of Zagreb was suddenly struck with the earthquake of 5.5 degrees on the Richter scale. This was the strongest earthquake in Croatia's capital since 1880. We mention in passing another earthquake in Zagreb 1909, which was quite important, since it led Croatian scientist Andrija Mohorovičić to the discovery of the MOHO layer, conisdered as the most important discovery in the history of seismology (the science about earthquakes). The 2020 earthquake brought a lots of damage to the city, easpecially to its central part. During the period of one month only, Zagreb has experienced as many as eight hundred additonal smaller earthquakes and tremors. The earthquake damage is estimated at 5.52 billion Euros.

Nenad Bach International Newsletter No. 55: Livestream
I will perform a few songs starting with a ping pong game that will go to 11 points, just one game then a song on a guitar, move to piano and at the same time you can send your questions opinions, desires, concepts, recommendations, connections etc., all live. The times for the livestream on Saturday April 25, 2020 will start at 10:00 a.m. New York Eastern Standard Time. This will be Midnight in Sydney, Australia, 11:00 p.m. Tokyo, 10:00 p.m. Singapore, 7:30 p.m. New Delhi, 4:00 p.m. Zagreb Croatia, 3:00 p.m. London, 11:00 a.m. Buenos Aires and 7:00 a.m. Los Angeles time.

Danica Kragic Jensfelt leads a robotic project funded by European Research Council
Distinguished Croatian scientist Prof. Danica Kragić Jensfelt, Ph.D., professor of computer science at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and a member of the International Scientific Council of the University of Rijeka, has won a kind of "scientific Oscar" for 2019. Her project Bimanual Manipulation of Rigid and Deformable Objects has been selected as one of 82 projects in the field of physical sciences and engineering to be funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

David Byler 1946-2020 was 8th generation Croatian-American and permanent correspondent of the CROWN
David Byler (1946-2020) served as a Lutheran Pastor as well as a permanent correspondent of the Croatian World Network - CROWN. Being an eighth generation Croatian-American, he has contributed in the past years some extremely interesting and insghtful articles to our readers. His wisdom, knowledge, passion and perserverence will be missed by us all. He is listed among twenty greatest Croatian Americans in the USA. David liked to be nicknamed Slavonac (Slavonia is a historical region on the North of Croatia). We express our sincere condolences to his family.

Renata Pokupic Croatian mezzo-soprano praised for her expressive interpretations
Much in demand on the concert platform, Renata Pokupić appeared with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, sang with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and with Collegium Vocale Gent as well as DSO Berlin. She has also sung with Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, with Hofkapelle Esterhazy, with Handel Festival Goettingen, with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, at Mozarteum Salzburg with Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, with Orchestre de Paris, with the Bach Choir, with the Academy of Ancient Music, with Classical Opera and had an extensive tour of "Tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson" with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Branko Cikatic 1954-2020 the first K1 Grand Prix champion in Tokyo 1993

Branko Cikatić (1954-2020) was distinguished Croatian fighter, who was the winner of the first K1 Grand Prix Tournament in Tokyo in 1993 (in the finals against Ernest Hoost). At that time, he was at the age of 38, and is till these days the oldest winner of the K1 tournament. He was the winner of in various combat sports for thirteen times. In kick-boxing, he was the World Champion in 1981. He started his career in Solin, and then continued in his native city of Split. In 1989, the German journal Karate Budo Magazine decorated him with the Golden Glove, and proclaimed him to be the most popular combat sportsman in the world, in front of Chuck Norris i Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Luka Krilic poslao otvoreno pismo predsjedniku Republike Hrvatske i predsjedniku Vlade
Luka Krilić: Stručnjaci se slažu da će se svijet poslije ovakve krize definitivo mijenjati. Moramo vjerovati u bolje, nadati se tom boljitku, toj promjeni na bolje, ali to jako puno ovisi o političkim elitama i tome hoće li biti spremne suočiti sa sa ovakvim izazovima. Narod je uvijek spreman ako ima one koji ga dobro vode, ako ima vođe koji osobno daju primjer da se treba zalagati za opće dobro i djelovati na zajedničku korist i dobrobit. ...

Croatian folk saga "Following the Sun" discovered on the island of Krk beginning before the Christian era
Rado Žic Mikulin and Leonard Eleršek are the authors of a monumental book Putom sunca (Following the Sun), dealing with the till now unknown saga from the island of Krk (the town of Punat) about the earliest Croatian history. It was registered by Rado Žic Mikulin from one of his grandfathers, and the saga has been passed to the present day from time immemorial. The saga starts before the Christian era, on the Tigris river. The authors provide a wealth of traditional verses from the island of Krk, as well as a number of very interesting old maps, describing the movement of Croatians to the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

Carmen Verlichak objavila je knjigu El Genocidio de Bleiburg
Krivodol PRESS, nakladnička kuća u Buenos Airesu, objavila je knjigu autorice Carmen Vrljicak El Genocidio de BLeiburg. Ta nakladnička kuća smatrala je kako je potrebno da ne samo Hrvati izvan Republike Hrvatske, nego i općenito hispanofona publika sazna što se dogodilo Hrvatima krajem Drugoga svjetskog rata. Bio je to jedan od najvećih. Knjiga sadrži veći broj svjedočanstava preživjelih koje je Vrljičak intervjuirala u Argentini. U nju su uvrštena i istraživanja Nikolaja Tolstoya

Starlings Rhapsody in Siroki Brig in Bosnia and Herzegovina - lesson for Europe and more...
Starling, or čvorak in Croatian, provides us with surprising lessons of social tolerance and help. See a short video from Bosnia and Herzegovina, shot in the city of Široki Brig (or Široki Brijeg, i.e., Wide Hill), which is not far from Međugorje. The duration of this very educative video is 1 minute and 19 seconds. Incredible starlings show on large transmission line was captured in the village Dobrkovići. The name of the Dobrkovići village is funny: Till the Moustache!

Miro Gavran in Vienna Austria and in Vilnius Lithuania 2020
In March 2020, Croatian author Miro Gavran will present his drama and prosaic work in Vienna and Vilnius. His comedy The Doll will premiere at the Theatre Centre Forum in Vienna on 5th March 2020. Tihomir Glowatzky translated the work into German and the play is directed by the renowned Austrian actor Hubsi Kramar. In the main roles are: Adriana Zartl and Christian Strasser; The Doll is produced by Carmen Wenger. It's a jubilee, the 20th premiere of this play, which has had its world premiere in New York 2012 and since then it's been produced in both Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. It was recently published in China in the Anthology of East-European drama. A week later, on 13th March 2020, in the cultural Centre in Vilnius, Miro Gavran will promote his novel Kafka's Friend in Laima Masyte's translation, published by Ledikla Gelmes.

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