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Stanislav Krakov
Stanislav Krakov
Born (1895-03-29)March 29, 1895
Died December 15, 1968(1968-12-15) (aged 73)
Place of birth Kragujevac, Kingdom of Serbia
Place of death Geneve, Switzerland
Allegiance  Kingdom of Serbia
Awards Albanian Retreat medal

Stanislav Krakov (Serbian Cyrillic language: Станислав Краков

1895 — 1968) was a Serbian officer, journalist, writer and film director. He participated in the Balkan Wars and First World War. During the Second World War, he supported his maternal uncle, General Milan Nedić, and was the editor of Nedić's newspapers "Novo vreme" and "Obnova".[1]

Early life[]

He was born in Kragujevac, Kingdom of Serbia, to a middle-class family. His father, Sigismund, was a doctor of Polish origin,[2] and his mother Persida was a granddaughter of Nikola Stanojević, a lord from Zeoke and nephew of lord Stanoje Mijailović, who was killed during the First Serbian Uprising.[3]

Military days[]

Not being able to enroll in the regular army, since he was only 17 years old, he joined the volunteer guard of Vojvoda Vuk, a Chetnik unit, in the war against the Ottoman Empire in 1912. The following year he was back on the frontline of the Serbian defence, this time against Bulgaria, where he was wounded near Kriva Palanka.[4] Together with the last class of cadets-corporals, he left the military academy in 1914 and went straight to the front to fight the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He participated in many battles, survived the Albanian Golgotha, and was one of the first who reached the top of the impregnable Kajmakčalan.[4] During these wars he was wounded seventeen times and was awarded eighteen times.[2]

Career[]

After the First World War, from 1919 to 1931, he published prose in almost all newspapers and magazines in Serbia. He wrote novels: "Kroz buru" (1921), "Krila" (1922), travel guide "Kroz južnu Srbiju" (1926), memoirs "Naše poslednje pobede" (1928), a book of short stories "Crveni pjero". When it comes to historical-fiction works, he wrote "Plamen četništva" (1930), "Prestolonaslednik Petar" (1933) and "General Milan Nedić" (1963-1968). "Život čoveka na Balkanu" ("Life of the Man from the Balkans") was his autobiography.[2] Stanislav Krakov was a director of the film "Za čast otadžbine i požar na Balkanu", which premiered on 25 March 1930, and also "Golgota Srbije" (The Calvary of Serbia) in 1931, which is still regarded as the best Serbian documentary film account of World War I ever.[5] He was editor of "Politika" and "Vreme", and CEO of Radio Belgrade (1940-1941). During the Second World War he supported his uncle, General Milan Nedić, and the rest of his life he spent in exile. He died in Switzerland.[4]

In his autobiography "Život čoveka na Balkanu" ("Life of the Man from the Balkans"), which was published posthumously, Stanislav wrote:

I felt all the high points of success and all the bitterness and humiliation when you reach the bottom of human society. If the adventure is always an unexpected twist, always a surprise, most commonly a danger, usually a dazzling success, аnd even more hursh fall, then I lived a crazy, often brilliant and painful adventure of my time and my native soil...[4]

Bibliography[]

  • "Kroz buru" (1921)
  • "Krila" (1922)
  • "Kroz južnu Srbiju" (1926)
  • "Naše poslednje pobede" (1928)
  • "Crveni pjero"
  • "Plamen četništva" (1930)
  • "Prestolonaslednik Petar" (1933)
  • "General Milan Nedić" (1963-1968)
  • "Život čoveka na Balkanu"

References[]

  1. Stanislav Krakov: The Polemical Context of the Life of the Man from the Balkans by NIkola Marinkovic, muse.jhu.edu, Jan 1, 2008, Serbian Studies: Journal of the North American Society
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Vremeplov: Umro Stanislav Krakov, RTV, 15. decembar 2012.
  3. Riznica srpska, Stanislav Krakov
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Stanislav Krakov: "Život čoveka na Balkanu", Naš Dom, Beograd
  5. The Calvary of Serbia : Stanislav KRAKOV

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