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A letter from the Macedonian Scientific Institute to NLF of Macedonia - 1945


Dear compatriots and comrades,

The Macedonian scientific institute in Sofia changed management several weeks ago and is in the process of outlining its future activities in accordance with the ideals, interests and requirements of Macedonia as well as the profound transformations which have taken place in the Balkans and in the world. Commencing this task, however, our first wish was to extend warm greetings to our dear homeland, to salute, through you, the people of Macedonia at the dawning of liberty. At the same time the new Administrative Council of the Macedonian Scientific Institute would like to briefly elaborate to you the principal lines of our work in the future.

Even a brief glance at the history of Macedonia, at its struggle and aspirations, its geographic features and economic interests, at Balkan reality and finally at what has recently happened before our own eyes is enough to indicate that Macedonia spiritually, geographically, politically, economically and as a nation is one indivisible entity. Its fundamental and constant ideal of self-determination freedom and self-government is determined by all those factors of nature and history as a single natural and immutable division. Macedonia is a live organism and all attempts to break up this organism into its component parts resulted only in unfortunate consequences and were bitter not only to the people of Macedonia but also to all who aspired to fulfill their imperialist, egoistic interests at the cost of Macedonian unfortunate destiny.

Geographic unity and historic development on the other hand have given birth to a profoundly rooted Macedonian national conscience which enabled them to endure all the temptations of the volcanic Balkan lands, as well as all the attempts of the aspiring chauvinist powers to dilute and eradicate this conscience. Thus, the Macedonian nation was established in the course of its development as a nationally formed and self-sufficient national entity, with characteristic traits, with general interests and unique aspirations and with general political ideals for self-determination and unity.

The second characteristic which should be underlined is that Macedonia was always dedicated to the thought that one day it would become a link in the chain of Balkan lands which have so viciously assaulted it and which, because of these same appetites, waged many fierce wars, as unlucky for them as for Macedonia. Its natural position and historic aspirations have always enabled Macedonia to open the way to reconciliation and permanent peace for all the Balkan states and nations, and at the same time to point out the ideals of freedom, equality and the fraternal cooperation of all these states and nations.

The events of the current World War and particularly the events of the past year indicate in an obvious way the firm sentiment for political requirements in the Balkans and in Europe and how resolutely the people of Macedonia had faith in its destiny in the course of its fierce historical development. Today, Macedonia looks upon the fruits of its efforts and determination which led to the realization of its historic ideal, the fruits of the perseverance and farsightedness of its greatest sons in the past and in the future. All these factors, it appears to us, have determined the framework for the future work of the Macedonian Scientific Institute. Correcting mistakes committed in the past, fallacies and foreign anti-Macedonian influences, resulting from Greater-Bulgarian concepts; the Institute will in the future as well research, elaborate and publish all scientific data which support the above-mentioned Macedonian aspirations and interests. It will research and enlighten in a scientific way and with scientific methods everything that has supported the Macedonian ideal and contributes to the welfare of Macedonia, namely: the unity of Macedonia and the Macedonian nation; Macedonian national status; the principle of self-determination and federation; the role of Macedonia as a unifying link among the South Slav Balkan peoples.

At the same time the Macedonian Scientific Institute is faced with another task. It has broad opportunities to aid with scientific means the immense work undertaken in all fields of life in the parts of Macedonia which have already been liberated. In the development of the spiritual and material culture of the new Macedonian state within the framework of Tito's democratic, federal Yugoslavia, in the spreading and promotion of education, in the development of sciences and arts, in the assistance of economy, agriculture, crafts, the Macedonian Scientific Institute can and should make its contribution.

We shall be happy if we could be of service to our dear homeland in all those fields, Our dream is to carry out one day, circumstances permitting, the functions of a future Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, which we hope to see in the near future, established in Skopje, or some other major center of Macedonia. Until then, with our humble means, we shall do everything possible to honorably fulfill our debt on the homeland.

With such hopes, once again we salute you and wish to assure you that in your difficult and grand deed you can always rely on our fraternal assistance and sincere cooperation.

(In lieu of seal)

PRESIDENT: Prof. D. Siljanovski

Vice-Presidents: G. Kulishev, H. Kalajdzhiev

Secretary: D. Tomchev

Treasurer: G. Despotov

Members: Al. H. Dimova, G. Abadzhiev, A. Tomov

AM. – Fond: Makedonski nauchen institut. 1945.

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