Modern Bulgarian Heroes…claimed by FYROM


This memorandum was handed to Dr.Kozhuharov, the Bulgarian consul in Bitola, and transmitted by him to the government in Sofia with report N441 from September 17th, 1903. A part of the text is published on p.435 of Macedonia’s Struggle for Liberation (Sofia, 1933, edition of The Ilinden Uprising Veterans’ Organization) by Christo SILJANOV – one of the leaders of IMRO and one of the most eminent historians and memoirists that have ever written on the national liberation movement of the Bulgarians in Macedonia and the district of Adrianople.

” Considering the critical and terrible situation that the Bulgarian population of the Bitola Vilayet found itself in and following the ravages and cruelties done by the Turkish troops and irregulars, … considering the fact that everything Bulgarian runs the risk of perishing and disappearing without a trace because of violence, hunger, and the upcoming misery, the Head Quarters finds it to be its obligation to draw the attention of the respected Bulgarian government to the pernicious consequences vis-a-vis the Bulgarian nation, in case the latter does not fulfill its duty towards its brethren of race here in an imposing fashion which is necessary by virtue of the present ordeal for the common Bulgarian Fatherland...

…Being in command of our people’s movement, we appeal to you on behalf of the enslaved Bulgarian to help him in the most effective way – by waging war.We believe that the response of the people in free Bulgaria will be the same.

… No bulgarian school is opened, neither will it be opened… Nobody thinks of education when he is outlawed by the state because he bears the name Bulgar
Waiting for your patriotic intervention, we are pleased to inform you that we have in our disposition the armed forces we have spared by now.


GOCE DELCEV to Nikola Maleshevski

„…Defections and split-ups should not scare you at all. It is regrettable, indeed, but what is to be done if WE ARE BULGARIANS and we all suffer from the same disease! If this desease were not inherent in our ancestors from whom we also inherited it, we would have never fallen under the ugly sceptre of the Turkish sultans…” letter from Goce Delchev (great hero and fighter for the freedom of Bulgarians in Macedonia)to Nikola Malashevski, Jan. 5 1899

Letter of Goce Delcev to Nikola Maleshevski, an activist of SMARO


Just one little correction, the motto should say: MACEDONIA FOR MACEDONIANS (it was a typo error)


Bulgarian claims over Macedonia

It is not my intention to insult anyone or undermine any nation. I just wanted to bring an evidence that the identity of the population of the RoM was not born in 1944 as most of the opposite side participants have posted. I also wanted to show that nobody was stealing the names of the national heroes of Bulgaria. This article shows the origins of the heroes like Gotse Delchev, Dame Gruev, Gjorche Petrov and other fighters who gave their lives for the independent Macedonian state which unfortunately did not happen before the WW-2. The material for discussion is very huge but fortunately the available archive is large as well. I must admit that the population of the RoM did share their destiny with other nations on the Balkans for more than a millennium but I don’t want to comment the early history BC as I don’t see any evidence of presence of the Slavic tribes before the 6th century in the region of Macedonia.
Here is what Mr. CHARLES R. CRANE. Reported in The New York Times on December 6, 1903
[QUOTE Beginning]:
MACEDONIA’S HEROIC STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM The Macedonians were nearly freed from the Turks at the end of the Russo-Turkish war in 1878. Knowing this, and seeing the great prosperity of their kinsmen in Bulgaria, they have never ceased their struggle to obtain the same position. The movement began to be particularly strong in the early part of the nineties and received a great impetus in 1895 owing to the interest that Prince Ferdinand then took in their affairs. At that time Bulgarian officers, Sarafoff among the number, first seriously attempted to raise an insurrection. This however was easily stifled by the Turkish soldiers. However, the revolutionary propaganda made great headway among the younger generation in Macedonia, who became greatly interested in the work for future freedom. Rifles were obtained and military exercises started in the villages. But for some time a central organization was not worked out or rather there were several conflicting small organizations. In a few years, however, one current became dominant, the one having for leaders Delcheff (Goce, since killed), Grooyeff (Dame), now chief of the Monastir staff; Gyorcho Petroff and Tatarcheff, the foreign representative. They took for their motto the words of Gladstone, “MACEDONIA OR THE MACEDONIANS”. THEY DIFFERENTIATED THEMSELVES FROM THE BULGARIANS AND THE MACEDONIANS LIVING IN BULGARIA WHO FORMED THE OLD COMMITTEES WITH HEADQUARTERS AT SOPHIA. [QUOTE Ended]
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