PEOPLE WITH BIG HEART
(FRIENDSHIP WITHOUT BORDERS)
Written by Miodrag Nikolic in Serbian (Srpski) - original title Šabac i Jevreji u susretu - and translated into English as People With Big Heart (Friendship Without Borders), this publication, compiled by Milosh Jevtich, is an outstanding account of first hand experiences of the Šabac atrocities.
Of special significance is the fact that Miodrag Nikolic is the grandson of Miodrag Petrovich, who selflessly strove to protect the Jewish refugees in Šabac at both danger and cost to himself. Miodrag has made PDF copies of his book available online in both Srpski and English http://miodragpetrovic.com/SabaciJevrejiususretu,english.pdf.
Factual, and containing a large array of photographs and documents, www.aufrichtigs.com applauds Miodrag for honouring the victims of Šabac and perpetuating his grandfather's memory in such a fine manner.
Reproduced below is the English Foreword written by Miodrag and an appeal outlining aspirations for a film documentary.
Dr Miodrag Petrovich
Belgrade - Los Angeles
P.O. Box 90309
Angeles, California 90009-0309
The book you are holding is a startling story of 1,050 European Jews who found refuge in the small Serbian town of Šabac (pronounced “Shabatz”) during the worst years of World War II. This is the Anne Frank story multiplied by 1,050.
The memory of this ordeal is embedded in the minds of Šabac’s older citizens, but there is virtually nothing left to teach new generations of the tragedy. This book was compiled and published thanks to the descendents of the Jewish citizens of Šabac, and Serbian, Israeli, British, and US citizens, businessmen, historians, teachers, and clergymen who cherish the stories told by their grandparents and parents. They want the world to never forget this story of humanity.
My desire is to distribute this book free of charge. Reader response has been overwhelming. Book lovers have flocked to obtain the book and an interest has arisen to make a documentary. This documentary would be a memorial to the vanished Jews and a testament to the human sacrifice and friendship of the Serbs who risked their lives attempting to save the 1,050 Jews.
Funds for a documentary are currently nonexistent. Relatives of those killed in Šabac and the Jewish-Serbian Society have established a collection drive. We are also working to solicit funds.
If you can contribute any amount we implore you to do so. Regardless of the amount your name will appear at the end of the documentary as a sponsor. Donors over $10,000.00 will be included in promotional items. Donors over $5,000.00 will receive a commemorative thank-you plaque.
Checks can be made to the not-for-profit organization “Save Displaced Serbs”, P.O. Box 90309, Los Angeles, CA 90009-0309. SDS is a California registered humanitarian organization and your contributions are fully tax-deductible (EIN#95-4624917). Funds will be deposited into a special account for safe-keeping until there is a sum large enough to initiate the project.
We are planning an informational event in the near future. You may visit our website for updates, further information on the project, and to place donations: www.serbiankids.com.
I and all those involved in the project thank you in advance and wish you all the best,
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