"1941 – 70 YEARS LATER“
EXHIBITION AT THE WHITE PALACE
Belgrade, 22 March 2011 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince
Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine opened today an exhibition “1941 – 70
YEARS LATER” at the White Palace. Exhibition is launched on the occasion of the
marking the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War on the
territory of the former Yugoslavia, and was organized in collaboration with the
Institute for Modern History and with the support of the Archive of Yugoslavia.
At the official ceremony speeches were delivered by HRH Crown
Prince Alexander, Mr. Dusan Babac, member of the Privy Council and Prof. Dr.
Momcilo Pavlovic, Director of the Institute for Modern History.
While addressing the present the Crown Prince emphasized:”
Tonight we are opening here at the White Palace one small exhibition. Small in
size but huge in theme and meaning. We would like to remember the people,
documents, testimonies and the period marked by the events from the beginning of
1941, as from the signing of the Tripartite Pact, the feverish efforts to avoid
joining the war which had been raging through Europe and the whole world for a
couple of years, up to the beginning of the invasion and break up of the
territory and people of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In brief, the theme of this
exhibition is the disappearance of an era and the emergence of the new society
and the world which has been following and managing our lives over 70 years.
Almost everyone has its own truth about those events, its own notion,
understanding and its own interpretation”.
Afterwards guests were addressed by Mr. Dusan Babac, who
pointed out: “For the first time in our country uniform of free Yugoslavs
officers, which were part of Allied forces, will be shown at this exhibition.
Free Yugoslav soldiers had fought side by side next to units of free Dutch,
Belgians, French, Polish, Czechoslovak and other, who were then under
occupation. From today's point of view, situation in Yugoslavia was not all that
different than in all above mentioned states, where the heads of state went to
Britain, at that time the only country in Europe that resisted the German
military forces. What then happened was not fundamentally different comparing to
suffering through Albania in World War One. The only thing different was the
significantly different circumstances, a method of warfare and the layout of the
map of Europe, because it was only possible to evacuate a much smaller military
Earlier today, a panel discussions and press conference took
place after which, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia served a memorial for
the victims of the tragic events took place in 1941 at the Royal Chapel St
Andrew the First Called.
This exhibition wouldn’t be possible without a help of
Institute for Modern History, Archive of Yugoslavia, Historical Museum of
Serbia, Military Museum of Belgrade, Museum of Yugoslav aircrafts, Belgrade City
Library, National Library, Filmske Novosti Archive, Oplenac Foundation and
Modelling Club Belgrade
The exhibition will be open every day until Saturday, 26th
March from 11am and 2pm. Anyone interested should contact the Office of HRH
Crown Prince Alexander one day in advance by calling 011/ 306 4014.