Remembering the victims of Croatian crimes in Begovo Brdo, Kordun, Serbian Krajina (today Croatia)

 

 

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Serbian village Begovo Brdo, 1942- erased off the map by Croats

In the little village of Begovo Brdo, Croats  killed in the most cruel manner 137 Serbian villagers, mostly children of 15.

 

Some of the worst crimes during the WWII were committed on 3. April 1942, when Ustasha (armed forces of the Independent State of Croatia, Hitler’s ally, a  the sole Nazi state that has never been punished for their WW II crimes) were passing through this area.  The Croatian leader Ante Pavelic’s  battalion under the command of Antonije Mosk was in charge of ethnically cleaning the area.
They massacred 121 men, women and children;  73  were slaughtered by Croats in the forest near the village, after being beaten and forced to dig pits, grave holes for their beloved ones and themselves.

On the same day Croats had captured Serbian peasants in their homes, in the fields and killed them both by firearms  and  knives, hammers and picks. Total: 48 massacred  peasants of Serbian ethnicity.

The  Pavelic Ustasha battalions that were  less familiar with that part of the Serbian Krajina and  local villages were provided with help  of the Ustasha Company from the area Cetingrad and Slunj, who knew  every Serbian village, pathways and their Serbian neighbors.

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With blessing of Roman catholic clergy: Croats torturing captured Serb

 

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Vjekoslav “Maks” Luburić, notorious Croatian butcher,  ‘ general’, commander of the Jasenovac concentration camp, commander of the Croatian Crusaders,  here with a cut off  Serbian head.

Ustasha Marko Hrvojević from Ladjevacko Seliste testified:

” The guides were Joco Mocni, Joso Cindric, Mijo Cindric and Mica Cindric. I personally have killed with a hoe two women and four children. When I entered the house the women and children went out of the house, and  Joco Mocni from Slunj called out: “Kill them, damn Serbs!”

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WWII. – 1942. – Independent State of Croatia – Serbian  girl raped and murdered near Jasenovac

First I killed those two women and four children, by hitting them with a hoe in the back of their heads. Women and children were crying and begged me, saying, “Don’t  brother, may God save you!”  And I didn’t do anything but continued with hammering their heads … ”

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Serbian child Bastaja Dusan, massacred by Croats on 3. April 1942.

One of the very few survivors of the horrors of mass atrocity, then nine years old girl Milica Pekeč-Vranješ in tears and with great pain,  mustered the strength and spoke out nineteen years after the massacre:

“I remember well the early morning of 3rd April 1942, when we were surprised by the Croats Ustasha and raised early in the morning. The children were still sleeping.
I could not sleep,  I was very fearful, because we always had to flee.
There were 11 persons in my house that morning.
Croats took us  barefoot in the frosty morning  near Batnoga.  We were brought in Kalic springs. There we met the others from our village that have been caught by the Croats .

…. They argued where to kill us. They couldn’t agree, because we were near local  water springs.

One Croat,  Jure Krunić, a cattle keeper advised the Ustashe not to slaughter us near the springs. He already had his place in the forest for this purpose, he said.  ….  …. My grandfather and grandmother  could not walk due to their age  so they were then taken little further into the bush where they were slaughtered. T

Then we were surrounded by Ustashas and in front of them, as a guide to the pit went Jure Krunic. Jeka  Pekeč , young woman (30) had three children, and the fourth one was to be born  any day.

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Serbs in the hands of  CCroats, Krajina (today Croatia), April 3. 1942. 

Her older girl walked next to  her, meanwhile she was carrying the youngest child because it was just a baby that could not walk.

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Croats murdering Serbs, WW II

Jure Krunic was leading the column. Very soon he stopped, took a the child and threw it on a flat rock, and took the sharp edged  spade and struck the child on the belly.  The child died.
We were ordered to sit on the ground in a valley. Some have claimed that they  converted from the Orthodox to the Catholic faith and begged for their lives,  but Croats laughed and told them: “Leave that for the future!  It will be good.”

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Like in 1990 ies, the Roman catholic church  knew and agrred to extermination and genocide of Serbs in Independent State of Croatia

They divided us into five groups. I was in the fourth group. They put two girls, Ljuba Kresojević  17 years,  and Maca Mrkobrad  19 years old, to stand beside the pit and watch what is done to women and children. They were forced to watch the slaughter of their parents and family till the last one, and Croats finally slaughtered them too.   My older sister of 14 was in the group before, together with our brother Nikola,  and she was carrying our 6 months old brother, and my brother Dragan, who was 6 years old,  was with me. These two brothers came under the Ustasha knife, and me and little brother Dragan in the second turn.

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Kresoja Stojan Stanko, slaughtered by the Croats and survived 

When we came near the cave we were told to lie face down. Then one Ustasha – our neighbor- prod her neck with a knife. Probably because we were sure that we’re going to die we were paralyzed of fear and suffering.  Little  Dusan Pekeč aged about 10 jumped to flee,but he was stabbed repeatedly with knives.  Those just massacred and stabbed Serbs were thrown into the pit immediately by Croats.

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The body of a little Serbian girl lies on the ground at the Jadovno death camp

— They took me to the back and threw me to the dead ones. I was stung by Ustasha knife at five spots in the neck and in two places in the forearm.  Here, take a look, professor Djuro,  stabbing scars can be seen even today, and it’s 18 April 1961. –  it’s been 19 years since then.)

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Sadistic and sick: Ustasha smoking and smiling while watching massacred  Serbs

There were several slaughtered in front of me. While the Ustashi slayed me by my neck the blood was roaring out of the mouth and nose, but I was conscious all the time. And at the moment when blood flowed I knew I was still alive. When all the Serbs were slaughtered, including  two girls Ljuba  and Maca, then another knife poked all those who were not moving and showing signs of life. I, although conscious,  did not budge. I heard them saying: ”  No one is  alive. “After all they thrown the two girls in the pit, sang and left.

After some time I managed to get up and I sat covered in blood on a pile of dead and saw his brother Dragan beside him. He was still alive. He leaves it in his mouth and he was covered in blood. I removed the leaves from his mouth and asked, “Could you come with me?” And he made hardly noticeable overhead that it’s impossible.

I saw Ljubomir Bastaja who managed to raise, taking from his slaughtered aunt’s Kuna pocket something. He asked me if I go. We slowly  headed up the forest. After that ran to  us  my friend Vlado Bastaja, he was nine years old, and was stabbed in the neck and ribs.

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Tortured and massacred Serbian children, Jadovno conc camp system, Independent State of Croatia, summer 1942.

Then we started to hear the voices of the still living  from the pit. Later  on, we heard that some of the survivors  in nhe following few days were coming out of  the mass grave pit,  and the Ustashas  caught and killed those battered, bruised  bloody and already half a dead people.
There was a rumor that Soka Bastaja, my grandmother emerged from the pit, but she was stabbed and beaten untill her whole body was unrecognizable and totally broken.  It is known that my little brother Dragan emerged from the pit, but on the third day Croats  from Batnog killed him and and threw into the slurry.

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Massacred Serbian peasants, April 3, 1942.

The three of us wandered out into the woods near Žalčeva  Kosa water where we washed the blood  and came near  Žrvnica and Požar villages in Vučji jarak.  As we approached my house we were noticed by the Ustashe  and they shot us. We ran away through the woods and came to the village Gojkovac, and then Klokoč. There I met my mother and brother Milan, who managed to escape the Ustasha thugs.  Afterwards some women washed us, took care of our wounds and cut our bloody and sticky hair.  I continued with other Serbian villagers to flee from the Ustasha knife. ”

“Milica, how is your health now?”

“You see, it’s not as bad as I’ve gone through. Sometimes when the weather changes I move and  and I eat slower, I guess something gets stuck in the throat. Timbre is a little different. During this tragedy, I was nine, and now I’m twenty-eight years. ”

In the woods near the village Latićki Batnog Ustashas  slaughtered and thrown into a pit  the following Serbian civilians on 3rd April 1942.:

1. BastajaMile Anka, 10 years old

1.Bastaja Mile Bogdan, 5 years old

3. Bastaja Bosiljka Mile, 1 year old

4.  Bastaja Cvijeta, 55 years

5. Bastaja Mile Draga, 9 years

6. Bastaja Petar Dragica, 6 years

7.  Bastaja Mile Dusan, 11 years old

8. Bastaja Petar Dusan 5 years

9. Ljuba Bastaja Mile, 3 years

10. Bastaja Peter Mira, 1 year

11.  Bastaja Mica Mica, 15 years

12. Bastaja Petar Mica, 10 years

13. Bastaja Rade Mico, 43

14. Bastaja Mika, 42 years old

15. Petar Bastaja Milan, 4 years

16. Bastaja Janka Mile, 40 years

17. Laze Bastaja Mile, 16 years old

18. Mice Bastaja Mile, 15 years

19.  Bastaja Rade Milic, 37 years old

20.  Bastaja Janka Milka, 35 years

21.  Mice Bastaja Petar, 9 years

22. Mice Bastaja Petar, 2 years

23. Laze Bastaja Rade, 19 years

24. Bastaja Milutin Sofija, 43 years old

25. Bastaja Todor Sofia, 50 years old

26. Mice Bastaja Soka, 17 years

27.  Bastaja Stojan Stanko, 42 years old

28. Kresoja Marka Bosiljka, 15 years

29.  Darinka Marka Kresoja, 17 years

30. Dragica  Marka Kresoja, 17 years

31.  Dusan Marka Kresoja, 11 years

32. Kresoja Marka Ljuba, age 17

33.  Kresoja Stojan Marka, 36 years

34. Kresoja Marka Mica, 14 years

35. Kresoja Marka Milo, 9 years

36. Kresoja Marka Milan, 12 years

37.Kresoja Marko Milic, 13 years

38. Kresoja Nikola Milka, 38 years

39.Kresoja Marka Milutin, 5 years

40. Kresoja Marka Mira, 5 years

41.Kresoja Marka Nada, 2 years

42. Kresoja Marka Nenadka, 1 year

43. Kresoja Marka Ranka, 12 years old

44.  Kresoja Marka Stanko, 3 years

45.  Pekeč Ana, 58 years old

46. Pekeč Bosiljka Duro, 14 years

47. Pekeč Bosiljka Nikola, 3 years

48. Pekeč Duro Dragan, 6 years

49. Pekeč Mile Dragic, 20 years

50.  Dragica Pekeč Nikola,  8 yeras

51.  Dusan Pekeč Duro, 6 years

52. Pekeč Nikola Ignjatije, 1 year

53. Pekeč Jeka, 24 years

54. Laze Pekeč Mile, 16 years old

55. Laze Pekeč Milka, 13 years

56.  Pekeč Stojan Milka, 44

57.  Pekeč Nicholas Lazo, 18

58.  Pekeč Sara, 60 years old

59. Pekeč Soka, 3 years,

61. Mrkobrad Mica, 19

62. Mrkobrad Mila, 46 years

63. Mrkobrad Nikola, 44 years old

64. Dragan Pavkovic, 4 years

65. Dragica Pavkovic, 15 years

66. Dusan Pavkovic, 4 years

67. Pavkovic Duro, 6 years

68.  Petar Pavkovic, 6 years

69. Anica Vuletic, 66 years old

70.  Dejanovic Milan, 2 years

71. Sara Banda, 21 year old

72.  MAZINJANIN Dragica, 34 years old

73. Pekeš Djuro, 40 years old

Note: From the number of 60 to 73 are noted the massacred  Serbs from the following villages: Poljane Deli, Gornja Žrvnica, Polojslog Varos, Ruševice, bears. They were captured by the Ustasha in the forest, slaughtered and dumped in a mass grave Latićkama, where  still rests 73 victims of the Croatian Ustasha genocide.

On the same day ie. 3. April 1942. Ustasha shot, massacred killed with knives and spades in their houses in the same village Begovo Brdo:

1. Bastaja Bosiljka Michael, 34 years old

2.Bastaja Bosiljka Rade, 16 years old

3. Bastaja Rade Dragan, 4 years

4. Mice Bastaja Ljuba, 22 years old

5.  Bastaja Rade Ljuba 2 years

6.  Bastaja Cvijan Mara, 15 years

7. Bastaja Michael Rade, 64 years

8. Mihajlo Bastaja Mile, 45 years old

9. Bastaja Rade Nikola, 10 years

10. Bastaja Rade Petar, 20 years old

11. Bastaja Rade, 45 years old

12, Bastaja Ilija Rade, 39

13th Bastaja Petar Stana, 45 years old

14. Bastaja Stevan, 60

15th MAZINJANIN Mila, 44 years

16. MAZINJANIN Rade, 50 years

17. Pekeč Dragan Bogdan, 2 years

18. Pekeč Cvijan Rade, 60

19.  Pekeč Milivoje Gojko, 3 years

20. Pekeč Sime Mico, 31 years old

21. Pekeč Rade Mila, 44 years

22. Pekeč Milivoj Sime, 11 years old

23. Pekeč Nikola Milka, 23 years old

24. Pekeč Vase Milka, 35 years old

25. Pekeč Nikola Mira, 9 years

26. Pekeč Rade Nikola, 42 years old

27. Pekeč Rade Nikola,  at age 7

28. Pekeč Peter Rade, 41

29.  Pekeč Sofrenija Rade, 50 years

30.  Pekeč Sime Ranka, 17 years

31. Pekeč Nikola Sara, 40 years old

32. Pekeč Vasilja Savo, 60

33. Laze Pekeč Simo, 50 years

34. Dusan Pekeč Ana, 16 years old

35. Pekeč Rade Duro, 40 years

36. Pekeč Nikola Soka 5 years

37. Pekeč Rade Stanko, 45 years

38. Pekeč Vasilja Vaso, 52 years

39. Pekeč Janka Dragic, 38 years

40. Pekeč Nikola Branko, 4 years

41. Vukelic Miladina Danica, 13 years

42. Vukelic Radovan Dragisa, 9 years

43. Vukelic Milivoje Jeka, 20 years

44. Vukelic Milan Dragic, 50 years

45. Vukelic Janka Milka, 3 years

46. Vukelic Radovan Sara, 2 years

47. Vukelic Radovan Spasoje 10 years

48.  Vukelic Rade Stoja, 5 years

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Picture: The acts of murder and of the cruelty in the camp reached their peak in the late summer of 1942, when tens of thousands of Serbian villagers were deported to Jasenovac.

We invite all those who have additional information, documents related to this crime to contact us by e-mail: udruzenje@jadovno.com, phone: 051/333-588, +387/65/511 -130, either at the Association Jadovno 1941. King Alfonso XIII 49a, Banja Luka, Republika Srpska.

source: http://www.jadovno.com/intervjui-reportaze-2/articles/crimes-over-serbs-documented-in-italian-forbidden-books.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jadovno_concentration_camp

http://www.koreni.net/modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=2358

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Nakon progona starosedelaca Srba i zatiranja svake mogućnosti njihovog povratka, ostala je Pusta zemlja Banija

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Panorama Kostajnice

Srba danas gotovo da i nema na prostoru između Dvora na Uni, Gline, Petrinje i Dubice. Sunja osuđena na tiho umiranje, kao i Kostajnica.Preostale Srbe ubija samoća. Pitomina rađa, grane se savijaju, ali sve propada

KROVOVI su celi, ponegde i novi, ali ispod njih nema života. Vrata zaključana, na podrumskom ulazu katanac, na gredama paučina. Laste su otišle sa ljudima i ne vraćaju se, jer ljudi se nisu vratili. Laste se gnezde tamo gde se čuje ljudski glas. Isto je sa vodom; oslabili potoci, mnogi izvori usahli, Sunja plića od gležnja. Ako nema ko da je troši, voda se povuče, traži šupljine kroz utrobu zemlje da ode tamo gde je troše, gde ima živa čoveka, stoke. Kroz voćare i bašte šume se spustile do samih puteva. Tamo gde su nekada grane pucale od bogatog roda, rastao kukuruz, klijao krompir, paradajz bio krupan kao šaka, pšenica se talasala kao more, sada je šuma. Banija. Prostor između Dvora na Uni, Gline, Petrinje i Dubice. Pitomina slična Šumadiji; brežuljci, lugovi, proplanci, potoci…

Na Baniju ulazimo od strane Jasenovca. Toplo, letnje popodne. Vozimo polako; Cerovljani, Živaja, Šaš, Slovinci, Papići…

– Ovo je Stevanovo imanje – pokazuje Jovica, i dodaje:

– On je u Nemačkoj, obnovio je kuću i dođe dva, tri puta godišnje; a ona kuća tamo, da, ona sa drvenim gankom, to je Milanova kuća, njegovi su u jednom selu kod Novog Sada.

– Evo, ovde, u Živaji, na Svetog Iliju, kao gore u Blinji – priča Milan – do pred rat bili su veliki vašari, po nekoliko hiljada ljudi, isto na Ivanje u Svinici, Preobraženje u Komogovini, a sutra je Velika Gospojina, seoska slava u Kukuruzarima, mogli bismo da odemo.

Mogli bismo, odgovaramo uglas.

Mesto Sunja u Jugoslaviji je bilo jedno od najvažnijih i najživljih raskrsnica železničkih puteva. Tutnjali su tom varošicom vozovi noseći one koji su putovali u Beograd, Zagreb, Split, ili tu bliže, u Sisak, Bihać, Kostajnicu, Slavonski Brod.

Danas je Sunja mesto u koje i kroz koje se ne ide bez preke potrebe, jedno od naselja u Hrvatskoj čije lice je svakoga dana sve starije, gradić osuđen na tiho umiranje. Kao Kostajnica, Petrinja, Dvor na Uni, Glina, kao cela Banija. U selima oko Sunje, tamo gde žive Srbi povratnici, a malo ih je, ili neka hrvatska porodica, i njih je malo, stoje table sa ekonomskom ponudom; prodajem jaganjce, prasiće, jaja, piliće… Pazari se retko i na malo. Nema naroda.

Na putu Kostajnica – Petrinja, kad se izađe iz Panjana, pukne pred čovekom drum; ravan, prav, carski, sve gore do Šarenog mosta i sela Umetići. Istoričari se ne slažu u potpunosti, a nije ni važno, da je čuveni feldmaršal austrougarske vojske Svetozar Borojević, legendarni „Lav sa Soče“, najbolji defanzivac Prvog svetskog rata, rođen u Umetićima. Neki kažu da su ipak Mečenčani mesto rođenja, a Mečenčani su do Umetića.

Da nije bilo Svetozara Borojevića, Srbina iz pravoslavne, svešteničke porodice, tu se istoričari apsolutno slažu, današnja Slovenija ne bi ni postojala. Borojević je u završnoj fazi Prvog svetskog rata danima branio i uspeo da odbrani liniju koja danas predstavlja državnu granicu između Italije i Slovenije.

U Glini je rođen, a u Mečenčanima je osnovnu školu završio veliki jugoslovenski i svetski karikaturista Pjer Križanić, čije ime nosi godišnja nagrada „Večernjih novosti“ za karikaturu.

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Pjer Križanić, karikaturista po kome nosi naziv nagrada Večernjih novosti,bio je Banijac

Šareni most se tako zove jer je nekada zaista bio šaren, drvena ograda ofarbana u crno-belo. Tamo na desnu stranu od mosta, povučeno u brdo, nalazi se selo Bjelovac. Otuda korene vuče poznati holivudski glumac Erik Bana, Hektor iz „Troje“, glavni glumac u „Hulku“. Prezime je skraćeno od Banadinović, njegovi su Hrvati, tačnije, otac. Majka mu je Nemica.

Reka Sunja izvire nedaleko od Lovče, duga je oko 60 kilometara i uliva se u Savu, blizu Jasenovca. Komogovina je prvo mesto kroz koje prolazi. Nekada je reka Sunja obilovala dubokim virovima. To je reka mog ranog detinjstva i ako nešto pamtim iz tih dalekih vremena, onda su to duboki, modri virovi na Sunji, leta provedena u kupanju, ribolov na skakavca u ranim jutarnjim satima. Imali smo štapove od leske, strunu iz Poljske i udice iz Rusije.

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Banijski čuvari prebogate srpske tradicije
Donja Bačuga leži na uzvišenju srednje Banije, nije daleko od Gline. Nekoliko stotina nas okupilo se tamo da sa ovoga sveta ispratimo Lazu Cvikića. Umro je od srca. Čovek kao on drugačije i nije mogao da umre; osetljiv na tuđu nesreću, nesposoban da uživa u sopstvenoj sreći, sa gotovo neshvatljivim brojem talenata za sve i svašta, bio je osuđen da Zemlju napusti bez mnogo objašnjenja. Poslednje godine života proveo je između Bačuge i Ciriha. U Švajcarskoj mu je bila porodica, u Bačugi je bio sam. Ubila ga je ta samoća, kao što ubija ono malo srpske starčadi koja se na Baniju iz progonstva vratila da skonča. Tog avgustovskog dana, kad smo sahranili Lazu, nebo iznad Banije bilo je nestvarno lepo, okićeno oblacima, sa plavom podlogom boje još nedozrele šljive. Lepa scena za poslednje putovanje.

Napustamo Bačugu i preko „Zelene doline“ ulazimo najpre u Mlinogu, a onda u Jabukovac. Desno su Šušnjar, Martinovići, Miočinovići, pa Brestik, Dragotina, Gradac. Iznad Dragotine je selo Dabrna, otuda je trenutno najpopularnija i najbolja hrvatska pevačica Nina Badrić. Ako nekoga interesuje, da, svi Badrići iz Dabrne su Srbi, a da li je i Nina Srpkinja to, složićemo se, najbolje zna ona sama. Iz sela Bojna poreklom je Milutin Mrkonjić. Prezime je dolaskom u Beograd, uoči Drugog svetskog rata, modifikovano; na Baniji su bili Mrkonja.

Krajiski biseri

Potomci čuvenih uskoka: srpski Krajišnici

Ne idemo na Čavića brdo, najvišu kotu Banije, već se iz Jabukovca penjemo u Gornju Pastušu. Put nije asfaltiran, Srbi to objašnjavaju činjenicom da su vekovima, sve do „Oluje“, u Pastuši, Gornjoj i Donjoj, Jošavici, Žilićima, živeli samo Srbi. Danas tamo ne živi niko. Sve je zaraslo, otima se tek poneki voćar u kome se grane šljiva lome od ploda. Rodilo da bog sačuva, sve se plavi, i gore na krošnjama i dole na zemlji. I sve će propasti. Rodile su i kruške.

Banija je poznata po kruškama; ječmenjača, lubeničarka, crna, karamanka, viljamovka, kasna, kaluđerka… i sve rodilo ove godine. I sve će propasti. Put između Gornje i Donje Pastuše izlokan još od prolećnih kiša. Jedva se krećemo u prvoj. Na malom uzvišenju velika crna kruška; stajemo, i po jarku tražimo one krupnije. Nikada mi niko nije objasnio zašto je zovu crna kad je zelena a unutra nagnjila. Predanje kaže da su je na Baniju doneli Napoleonovi vojnici. Kroz skoro savršen mir probijaju se glasovi zrikavaca. Iznad Donje Pastuše kruži jastreb.

U rano popodne ulazimo u Komogovinu, na onom mestu gde reka Sunja prvi put dodiruje neko naselje. U Komogovini je rođen jedan od najvećih živih srpskih pesnika Miloš Kordić. Danas živi u Kumodražu, na rubu Beograda. Sa Banije su još neki značajni srpski pesnici; Nikola Vujčić i Nebojša Devetak, na primer, obojica iz Graduse. U Komogovini je nekada postojala škola ikonopisanja, u vreme trajanja Manastira Preobraženje. Tu je boravio i Dositej Obradović.

Do pred rat jedan od najvećih zborova, seoskih slava, bio je u Komogovini, na Preobraženje, 19. avgusta, na velikom prostoru oko crkve. Više hiljada ljudi dolazilo je sa cele Banije, mnogi iz drugih delova bivše države, i svega je tu bilo; šatri sa raštimovanom muzikom, bucmastih pevačica u kratkim haljinama, klakera iz limenog korita sa velikim komadom leda, liciderskih srca i đerdana, svilenih bombona… vrteo se ringišpil na kojem je pisalo „Milano“, a pivo se hladilo u obližnjem potoku Badušnica. Beše davno, na svoj način beše lepo i zauvek nestade. Tragovi su ostali samo u sećanjima onih koje je zla sudbina rasula širom sveta.

Rodna kuća zarasla u trnje i podivljalu lozu. Lipa je, saznajem, posečena davno, a borovi prošle godine. Srećem Jocu kome sam kumovao na venčanju. Nekada majstor malog fudbala, zvali smo ga Osim i Štraus, godinama nakon „Oluje“ živeo je u Vojvodini a onda se vratio, on, supruga Mira i dva sina. Ne pitam ih kako žive jer znam odgovor. Odozgo, sa puta, čuje se zvuk traktora, „ferguson“, i kako se približava prepoznajemo Đuru Lovrenovića, iz obližnjeg Prevršca. Nekada je radio u Televiziji Zagreb, pa u predstavništvu „Rekorda“. U nekim buradima vozi šljivu, nasmejan je i zove da svratimo na kobasice.

U Kukuruzarima, selu blizu Kostajnice u koje su Tuđmanovi operativci odmah posle „Oluje“ u prazne srpske kuće naselili veliki broj Hrvata iz Bosne, slavimo Veliku Gospojinu. I tu je nekada dolazilo na hiljade Banijaca. Ove godine bilo nas je stotinjak. Možda i zbog tmurnog dana koji se pretvorio u kišno popodne. Sedimo ispod šatre kroz čije spojeve kaplje voda i pijemo točeno pivo. Muziku čini jedan čovek i jedan instrument koji zamenjuje ceo orkestar. Nedaleko od nas brka u svetloplavoj majici, sa pedesetak godina na leđima, naručuje „Nema raja bez rodnoga kraja“, seda za sto, gleda ispred sebe i plače. Sumrak je, kiša i dalje pada, gore iznad Šamarice vide se poslednji odsjaji dana koji se gasi.

Baniju napuštamo iz Hrastovca. Gore u brdu je Krčevo. Mršava žena, na pragu sedamdesetih, Milanova komšinica, gura mu u ruku kobasicu, „eto, da kušaju tvoji kakve su ove godine“. Živi sama i svi znamo da je to jedna od poslednjih koje ima u kući. Dugo, dugo ćutimo u kolima koja se kreću put Beograda.

Ratko Dmitrović za Večernje Novosti  http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/naslovna/reportaze/aktuelno.293.html:452851-Pusta-zemlja-Banija