Aleksandra Rebic: We will remember Stella (Stavroula) Jatras

by Sparta on June 19, 2013

in Serbia, Stella (Stavroula) Jatras

From General Draža Mihailovich

Stella Jatras

George and Stella Jatras
Colonel George Jatras (USAF Ret.) and Stella Jatras
Serbian National Defense Vidovdan Celebration
New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery
Third Lake, IL June 28, 2009.
Photo by Aleksandra Rebic

Aleksandra’s Note: It took guts to be Stella. Although not Serbian, she fought for the Serbs and the truth as if she were, and more so. Like so many of us in the Serbian community, I had been familiar with Stella’s work through the years – her letters to various politicians, policymakers, and media – a number of them actually seeing the light of day in publication – forcing them to face their ignorance about Balkan issues and why the truth mattered. We had a personal correspondence that I now treasure even more, and I had the honor of meeting her “live” and in person in 2009 at New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Third Lake, IL during the Vidovdan Celebration being hosted by the Serbian National Defense Council of America.

Stella Jatras was a woman of intelligence, knowledge, class, and dignity. She was also a kind and thoughtful human being and a tireless advocate for the truth. To say that she was a great friend of the Serbs is an understatement. I can only hope that she knew how much she was appreciated.

Stella died on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Her published words as well as her spirit of integrity will live on, and for that we can be grateful.

Sincerely,

Aleksandra Rebic

Stella Jatras 2009
Stella Jatras as a featured speaker and special guest
at the Serbian National Defense Vidovdan celebration
New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery, Third Lake, IL June 28, 2009.
Photo by Aleksandra Rebic.
Stella Jatras receiving award from Slavko Panovich
Stella Jatras receiving an award of recognition and appreciation
from SND President Slavko Panovich June 28, 2009.
Photo by Aleksandra Rebic.
Stella Jatras, Melissa Bean, Slavko Panovich, and Fr. Urosh Ocokolich
Stella Jatras, front row left
with former U.S. Congresswoman Melissa Bean (D-IL)
SND President Slavko Panovich, top right, and
Father Urosh Ocokolich, top left.
SND Vidovdan celebration June 28, 2009
New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery, Third Lake, IL
Photo by Aleksandra Rebic.

Exactly one year to the day before she died, the following letter by Stella Jatras was published by the Washington Times regarding General Draza Mihailovich:

Serbs saved U.S. airmen in World War II / “The Washington Times – Letter to the Editor” June 15, 2012 / Stella L. Jatras

 

The Washington Times
Letters to the Editor
June 15, 2012
Stella L. Jatras

“Did Serbia vote for war?” (Commentary, May 24) contains some anti-Serb sentiments. Writer Jeffrey T. Kuhner belittles the character of World War II hero Gen. Draza Mihailovich.

More than 500 American airmen survived the war because of the sacrifices and heroism of Mihailovich, his national forces and the Serbian people. If those American airmen who were shot down over Yugoslavia had been captured by the Ustashi (Croatian Nazis), they would have been turned over to the Germans or executed. Instead, they were protected by Mihailovich’s forces and rescued.

Those biased against Serbs have even tried to paint Serbs as being anti-Semitic. However, one of the rescued airmen was Maj. Richard L. Felman, a Jewish-American who, through binoculars, watched the burning of a village in which 200 Serbian women and children were killed because they would not disclose to the Germans where the Chetniks were hiding the Americans. Of the Serbs, Felman wrote: “If there was one egg, it went to the American airmen while the Serbs went hungry. If there were one bed or one blanket, it went to us while the Serbs slept on the bare ground. No risk or sacrifice was too great to insure our safety and well-being.” These hardly sound like the same people Mr. Kuhner describes.

Rather than accept his portrayal of Serbs and Mihailovich, I accept the judgment of the late Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman who, respectively, recommended and conferred on Mihailovich the Legion of Merit, the highest award our government confers on non-nationals.

STELLA L. JATRAS
Camp Hill, Pa.

 
Many of Stella’s letters and essays can be found at WWW.SERBIANNA.COM.

RAS – The International Serbian Organization grants its Annual award for truth and justice for struggle against anti-Serbian disinformation, falsehood, corruption and bias in the realms of media, politics and academia.

 

For exceptional courage, determination and success in this struggle and have worked tirelessly to preserve the values of truth and justice in politics, the media and in academia, and as such, have offered those who experienced injustice and suffering as a result of their Serbian ethnicity and heritage, a sense of hope and reinforcement of faith in the human spirit. For this they are specially recognized, admired and loved by many all over the world.

To Stella Jatras:

For her courageous and tireless work against the publication and perpetuation of deliberate falsehoods against the Serbian people in journalism and the media and her numerous articles in which she exposes the corrupt and passionately defends the truth.”

❀ ✿ ❁

 
Vječnaja pamjat : + Stela Džatras

“Zemljom još gmižu i Medlinka i Hilari, i Nataša i Sonje, za sobom ostavljajući tragove nepočinstava i plač i bedu.

Ali, uznela se jedna duša, čista i neporočna, telesno iznemogla da nastavi otpor onima koji veruju da su vladari ovog sveta.

Nekada je moć baš u telesnom nepostojanju, u bivstvovanju večnom u sećanju, u istrajnom treperenju u visinama, kao zračak nade onima koji po mraku tumaraju, pokoreni, porobljeni, nemoćni da zažare baklju vodilju…

Izgubili smo angela hranitelja zemaljskog, plemenitu, utešujuću, praštajuću majku, koja nikada nije tražila zahvalnost i pohvale (a veoma malo ih je i dobila od današnjih ostrvljenih Srba), koja nas je hrabrila, bodrila, ne dopuštajući nam da posustanemo pred napadima Laži, Zla i Nepravde, koja je, braneći naš narod, naš obraz i našu budućnost, izdržala, stameno i dostojanstveno, najprljavije udare, uvrede i optužbe.

Jedno veliko, hrabro, div-srce, utihnulo je od tuge i bola, u neverici, neprihvatanju vesti da od cilja i smisla odustaju upravo oni za koje je to srce bilo, tuklo i snagom punilo i najkrhkije i najtananije ratnike i mučenike za Slobodu, Istinu i Pravdu.
Možda je i blagoslov ne doživeti ukidanje, smenu, opoganjivanje Vidovdana.

Možda je bolje pridružiti se silama angelskim još za doba srpskog čojstva i junaštva, neokaljanog sopstvenim, dobrovoljnim okončanjem Srpstva, bez otpora, nebranjeno ga, u poniznom šapatu, preobratiti u njegovu suprotnost…

Provela je trećinu svog života dajući širokogrudo svoja blaga za nas–priloge u novcu, celu svoju porodicu uključivši u borbu za nas, svoje ovozemaljsko bivstvovanje, svaki svesni trenutak, i, što je i najvrednije, svoju Reč, Čast, Ugled i Dušu položivši pred ceo svet kao žrtvu, nevinu i najčistiju, za nas danas, gotovo nedostojne, za one koji su naše srpsko ime stvorili vrednim da se za njega žrtvuje, i za one buduće, kojima ostaje najsvetije predanje i dug da ga od nas, pregordih i samoljubnih, slaboumnih i gotovo bezdušnih, preuzmu, povrate, ožive i uveličaju i ukrase, i da nikada ne zaborave veliku ženu, majku i našu plemenitu sestru Grkinju Stelu Džatras.

Vječnaja pamjat!”

Višeslav Simić
profesor
16. jun 2013.
Meksiko Siti

 
MAY GOD BLESS YOU, STELLA. REST IN PEACE.
YOU WILL BE MISSED.

If you would like to get in touch with me, Aleksandra,
please feel free to contact me at ravnagora@hotmail.com.
 

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ambassador James bissett June 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Stella was a close friend and collaborator. We kept in touch almost daily by e-mail. Canadian Serbs looked upon her as a true champion of the truth about the break-up of Yugoslavia and the hypocrisy and betrayal of Serbia and the Serbs in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo. She dedicated the last years of her life to the Serbian cause. We must continue her work and strive as hard as she did to ensure that people everywhere finally know the cowardly manner by which the Western democracies were prepared to sacrifice their staunch ally in two world wars for the sake of their own short term political ends.

2 1389 June 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Dear Mr. Bissett,

Stella Jatras was a member of the blog team at 1389 Blog. Both of the blog admins (myself and CzechRebel) became acquainted with her during the Kosovo War in 1999. We regret that we never got to meet her in person.

We will do our best to carry on her legacy.

If you have anything that you want us to post on 1389 Blog, please send it to the blog email address.

Thanks very much!

Blog admin 1389AD

WE ARE SPARTA!

3 ksenija roye June 21, 2013 at 8:11 am

Stella was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and a human being! Above all, she was the best friend Serbian people had! She will be SORELY missed Rest in peace Stella, we will love you forever!!!! Thank you for all you did for us!!!

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