So Dambeni Vo
Srtseto - With D'mbeni At Heart
by Vasko Karadza
This is a book of
poetry about the village of Dambeni. It contains both English and
Macedonian versions of the poem. This booklet was sponsored by the
D'mbensko Benevolent Society of Toronto Canada, founded May 28th,
1944 to honour the 50th anniversary of this organization (the book
was published in 1994).
These spontaneous verses
are actually elegies for our beautiful and unforgetable village of
D'mbeni, in the vicinity of Kostur (Kastoria), no in Aegean
D'mbeni was burnt down in June
1948. Over 1,000 inhabitants left their homes and migrated to R.
of Macedonia, Canada, Australia, U.S.A., Bulgaria, and only a
small number remained in Greece. The village was mercilessly
pillaged, burnt and literally leveled to the ground. After that it
was colonized by new settlers.
These poems are a result of the
nostalgic search for my roots. The feelings that I build my poems
should not die out among the D'mbeni folk and should be carefully
cherished by their descendents. We must not forget that D'mbeni,
its people and their noble traditions, although often victimized,
left notable traces in the turbulent History of Macedonia.
I would also like to express my
deepest gratitude to the D'mbensko Benevolent Society "Selo
D'mbeni" in Toronto, Canada for their financial help which made it
possible for this book about D'mbeni to see its publication.