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A speech by Todor Pavlov on the departure of Goce Delchev’s remains for Skopje - 1946

EXCERPT FROM A SPEECH MADE BY TODOR PAVLOV, MEMBER OF THE ACADEMY, ON THE LIFE AND WORK OF GOCE DELCEV, ON THE DEPARTURE OF HIS REMAINS FOR SKOPJE[1]

October 7th, 1946

… This understanding and assessment of Goce makes it possible to consider him a forerunner of the later to be established National Liberation Macedonian Front, which under the supreme leadership of the great son, teacher and leader of the Yugoslav peoples the legendary Tito, finally succeeded in the realization of the great objective set by Goce and his collaborators, the establishment of a free and sovereign Macedonian state, which has freely opted to become a part of Tito's Federal Yugoslavia as a federal republic. Of course, I did not say founder but forerunner. Yet, that is no small contribution. Does this not mean real glory and pride not only for Goce but also for the entire, already liberated Macedonian people?

Most steadfastly and resolutely he fought against the economic and political tyranny of Turkish feudal lords as well as against Greater-Bulgarian and all other forms and shades of Vrhovism, especially all the attempts of the Bulgarian monarchy to exploit the Macedonian national revolutionary movement for its own reactionary dynastic and class objectives...

...Goce, who with his entire revolutionary activity and thought greatly contributed to the formation and development of the Macedonian national (Macedonian Slav and not Bulgarian or Serbian) awareness, still did not find an opportunity to deal with this exceptionally important issue, providing it with a resolution historically prepared just before the liberation of Bulgaria, and after its liberation discarded regardless of geographic, economic, political, revolutionary cultural and other conditions. Naturally, Goce knew for example the attitudes and actions of Teodosije Skopski, Partenij Zografski, Petar Pop Arsov and Gjorche Petrov, Misikov and others; nevertheless, in spite of this he did not formulate a resolution for this exceptionally important issue. And this necessarily reflected on his entire political, strategic, tactic and organizational national revolutionary activity However, we are obliged to say that in one of his letters Goce wrote: "Is there no one to write at least one book in Macedonian?" This cry of Goce's demonstrates that had he stayed alive he would not have been indifferent to the fact that today in Macedonia there are many books, not only books of poetry, and not only historical books written in the Macedonian language; to a significant degree the language has been formed and is in the process of perfection as a new literary Macedonian language, all of which is indisputable evidence that Goce's aspirations are today a historic fact which cannot be denied or decried and underestimated even if misinterpreted or abused by the intrigues and deceit of our Greater-Bulgarian reactionaries.

With his own revolutionary activity and unflinching struggle against Greater-Bulgarian, Greater-Serbian and other attacks on the Macedonian people and revolution, Goce has uniquely contributed to the solution which history has already provided, with no possibility for appeal and which logically complemented and completed the revolutionary Macedonian liberation attitudes and activities of Goce.

"This act, he act of transferring the remains of Goce Delchev to the new, free, capital city of the Macedonian emancipated state, I would like to say, will be of great historic, symbolic significance, even more so because on their way they will pass through Pirin Macedonia.

The official, genuine departure of the sacred remains of Goce organized by the Fatherland Front of Bulgaria, also represents a great historic and symbolic act which demonstrates that in Macedonia, in the whole of Yugoslavia, as well as here in the Fatherland Front of Bulgaria, things have changed profoundly and for the most part have logically completed the historic work of Goce and all his contemporary and younger students and co-fighters.

Macedonia can be, should be, and will be finally united in its natural historic boundaries. Thus united, powerful, emancipated, sovereign and in every way progressive, it will truly become a mighty unification link of the Balkan Slav and other democratic peoples — glorious historic role to which it was predestined even at the time of Goce, its immortal son.

Long live the free, sovereign, people's republic, federal Macedonia, in every way progressive, the dream of its immortal son, forerunner of the national Macedonian front, Goce Delchev!

Todor Pavlov, Goce Delchev, Sofia, Narizdat 1946

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  1. The official transfer of the remains of Goce Delchev from Sofia to the capital of the People's Republic of Macedonia, Skopje, was an historically symbolic act. Todor Pavlov, member of the Academy, spoke about the life and work of Goce Delchev at the ceremonies in Skopje.