The systematic counterfeiting of the history of Macedonia by the slavic inhabitants of modern F.Y.R.O.M since 1944 and their attempt to monopolize the “Macedonia” name were considered by the Hellenic people as absurd and unworthy of their attention.
Stefou was one from these Slavs using lies in order to expose his propaganda. He uses as his internet identity the name Risto Stefov but sell books with the name Chris Stefou. This article is an answer in his series of articles that supposedly show ‘Greek lies’ and of course has many historical inaccurracies and propaganda guide lines which you can read here
Yugoslav “Macedonia”, formed in 1946, consisted of the area previously called “Southern Serbia” or Vardaska Banovina”. Since 1946 the Yugoslavs call it “Vardar Macedonia” (Vardarska Makedonia), referring to Greek Macedonia as “Aegean Macedonia” (Egeiska Makedonia) and to a small Bulgarian part as “Pirin Macedonia” (Pirinska Makedonia).
They wanted to give a separate political and national existence to this newly-established socialist republic. As we know, the main characteristics of a nation are unity of country (with the meaning of common fatherland) and of political organisation, language, religion and heritage, which are joined by a common past, common consciousness – characteristics which alone are not enough or indeed necessary but which in combination create the separate identity of a nation. They tried to give these characteristics to the new “republic of Macedonia”
FYROM’s Slavs began to claim their “Macedonian” ethnicity as a result of the role Tito and communism played in their acquiring a “Macedonian” language, a “Macedonian” nationality, and a “Macedonian” country, ethnic characteristics acquired from 1941 to 1945, an ethnicity built in a remarkably short time.Old and new members of the new “Macedonian” ethnicity underwent repeated transformations: Bulgarians in 1870 when they joined the Exarchate; Bulgarian komitadjides later fighting against Hellenism in Macedonia; Bulgarophiles until 1943 and members of the Communist Party of Greece or the Communist Party of Yugoslavia till 1945; some of them German or Italian collaborators or IMRO and Ochrana members during Macedonia’s occupation by the Germans and Italians; members of the autonomist SNOF (Slovenomakedonski Narodno Osloboditelen Front) later and at the same time Greek or Yugoslav communist partisans; members of the autonomist NOF (replaced SNOF) and at the same time Greek communist guerrillas fighting the Greek government’s forces during the Greek Civil War; and, finally, transformed to “Macedonians” by Tito, with Stalin’s advice and approval.Some NGOs, anthropologists, and politicians awarded FYROM’s inhabitants with an ethnic name and removed it from Greek Macedonians who always have been Macedonians, not Slavs one day, Bulgarians the next, Slavomacedonians later, and finally Macedonians. It is indeed instructive to assess how history’s alteration done by the People’s Republic of Macedonia, and later by FYROM, misled many Europeans and Americans who accepted Skopje’s political and ethnic decisions as the truth. Considering these facts, history has now reached the untenable point where the small country calling itself Republika Makedonija (FYROM) may demand —by the power of its apprehended name, arbitrarily sanctioned by some countries and NGOs— not only to be a Macedonia, but the only Macedonia; and its people may demand not only to be some Macedonians, but the only Macedonians. That is what FYROM’s recognition with a name that belongs to a neighbor has done to the legitimate recipients of the name With this perspective in mind, the insistence of FYROM’s Slavs to be called “Macedonians,” a name acquired sixty years ago, clashes with the Hellenic Macedonians’ right of always being Macedonians. If FYROM considers itself Macedonia, a daring step that brings the origin of its inhabitants close to Philip and Alexander the Great, then the right of these people to be called “Macedonians” stops before the freedom of others to be called “Macedonians” begins.
In order that their political existence could be consolidated and their general political aims strengthened, it was essential that the population of the region became conscious of Macedonia as a separate nation. For this reason they attempted to create and propagate a “Macedonian” national consciousness amongst the inhabitants of Southern Yugoslavia. In this endeavour it was essential to project a separate historical past, to “fabricate” a “Macedonian” history. Historians were mobilized and an “Institute of National History” was founded in Skopje. It was instantly staffed by many scholars who started conducting extensive research in libraries and archives, gathering a huge amount of material and publishing books, reviews and journals at an impressive rate. By means of their studies and publications they attempted to reconstruct and re-interpret historical data in order to fulfil their objectives.
Since ‘Macedonian’ also applies to the Hellenic population in northern Greece there are difficulties in separating Hellenic Macedonians with the other Slavic Macedonians. I am talking of course for the geographical term because as a Greek Macedonian has a national meaning and NO-ONE can use this term by steeling in order to identify its ethnicity.
As you see Mr Stefou Greeks are not confuse and soon. Bulgarians call you as Macedonians but they don’t recognized you as separate nation.
IF THE SIMPLISTIC AND UNPRESUASIVE RATIONALE OF HABITATION in Macedonia defines who is a Macedonian, then the two million inhabitants of South Serbia (now FYROM), Pirin (Bulgarian) Macedonia’s inhabitants, and the three million inhabitants of Hellenic Macedonia are Macedonians, irrespective of ethnicity. Within this framework, we can divide historic Macedonia’s inhabitants into three groups: Greek-Macedonians, Slav-Macedonians, and Bulgar-Macedonians.
IF HABITATION is the criterion of Macedonianism, FYROM’s “Macedonians” would also include Albanians, Serbs, Bulgarians, Vlachs, gypsies,Greeks and Muslims of nondescript ethnicity. The Greek-Macedonian group would include the indigenous Hellenic Macedonians and Greek-speaking people who emigrated to Macedonia from Asia Minor and Eastern Rumelia during the second and third decade of the twentieth century.
THEREFORE, if we use the word “Macedonians” for FYROM’s inhabitants only, as most anthropologists testify we must call you Mr Stefou a Slav-macedonian(karakasidou, poulton e.t.c.) .
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