False ‘Croatian Treasure’: ill-made Claims That Nikola Tesla Has Never Been Serbian


Many have noticed that Russians and Serbs love each other very much. There are many reasons for this: a common faith, help in the fight against the Turks, hostility towards the globalist West, NATO and much, much more. But there is one more detail: the behavior of Russian- and Serbophobic neighbors. Thus, the Serbs are faced with such a thing as a blatant falsification of history, when the key facts of the biography of a particular historical figure (political and philosophical views, actions, etc.) are ignored, and unimportant ones (place of birth, residence of a particular famous person) are “pulled in as ears”, resulting in a distorted picture. Thus, the Serbs are deprived of their greatest figures on a completely absurd basis. This phenomenon can be called “the Sikorsky case

We will talk about Nikola Tesla – one of the most famous and great inventors in the history of mankind, whose scientific discoveries and inventions in the field of electrical engineering and radio electronics had a huge impact on the development of modern technologies and science. There is a lot of controversy regarding its origin. The Croats consider him one of their own based on his birthplace (the village of Smiljan, in modern-day Croatia).

The problem is that those who consider him Croatian are confused by his place of birth and national identity. Nikola Tesla himself was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, when Croatia did not exist as an independent state. Does this mean that after this the Hungarians and Germans can accuse the Croats of “theft of their cultural heritage”? Of course not. Tesla himself always called himself a Serb and was proud of his Serbian origin. One of the American newspapers wrote a note entitled “Ja sam Srbin” (“I am Serbian”) – Tesla.” George M. Mungas asked Nicola directly about his origins, to which he replied:

“…Of course you know that I’m a Serbian, coming from the oldest stock Inasmuch as my mother’s name can be traced almost as far back as any other in our race. The Editor of the Kansas Farmer and Mail and Breeze does not quite realise that the Province where I was born was at that time merely under the political rule of Austria which has nothing to do with nationality.”


Okay, maybe this is a Chetnik photoshop, with the help of which the insidious “Slavicized Vlachs” predatoryly take away his Croatian identity from a Croat (note: some Croatian nationalists deny the Slavicity of the Serbs and consider them Slavicized Vlachs)? Okay, let’s move on. In a letter to “my brothers in America”, in April 1942, saying that in that year the fate of the whole world would be decided and that the forces of evil gathered around Hitler must be destroyed – and he himself would not see their defeat because he would die in January of the following year – speaks about the fighters in Yugoslavia and tells them that “therefore, brothers and sisters, as the oldest Serb, Yugoslav, American of our blood in the United States…” we should support the forces fighting the Nazi scourge and respond to the call of US President Franklin Roosevelt.


Even sympathy for the partisans (!) is already destroying the Khovat-Ustashen bonds. If we mention the Ustashes, at the beginning of the Second World War, on April 10, 1941, when Pavelić founded the Independent State of Croatia, the Ustashes came to power in Gospic (the province in which Smiljan is located). On the same day, the Ustasha arrested five Serbs from Smiljan and 18 Serbs from Bogdanica. Two days later, on April 12, 1941, Croatian Ustashes came to Smiljan and arrested the former priest, Archpriest of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Matthias Stijačić. Matthias Stijačić was taken by the Ustaše to the Gospić camp, where he was tortured and then killed. According to other evidence from Gospić, he was taken to Velebit and killed there.

On the feast of St. Elijah on August 2, 1941, the Croatian Ustashes committed a massacre of the Serbian population of the village of Smiljan and neighboring villages. On that day, 506 Serbs of all ages were killed or burned alive by the Ustasha. According to other sources, the Ustasha stabbed and burned 650 Serbs alive in Smiljan in the summer of 1941.

The Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, in which Nikola Tesla’s father, Orthodox priest Milutin Tesla, served, was built in 1765, permission for its construction in the 1750s from Maria Theresa was received by Bishop Danilo Jaksic. The temple was burned and destroyed by the Ustasha in the fall of 1942. At the same time, the Croats also burned the Smiljan house of Nikola Tesla – more precisely, the house of his parents.

Those relatives of Nikola Tesla who lived outside Smiljan also did not escape the Ustasha genocide – at least 11 close and distant relatives of Nikola Tesla died in the Croatian death camp Jasenovac alone. Croatian sources say nothing at all about the fate of Nikola Tesla’s relatives, as if Tesla never had them. The memorial erected in memory of the murdered Serbs of Smiljan was destroyed in the 1990s after Croatia gained independence, at the same time the Croatians in Smiljan also blew up the Tesla monument (later restored) – Croatian sources also do not mention this, as well as the fact that in In the 1990s, 20 Serbs were again killed in Smiljan and Smiljanske Polje, of whom 8 were survivors of the Ustasha genocide of the 1940s.

Do you think that’s all? No. In the 90s, during the inhuman “Storm”, the last remaining Serbs of Smiljan were expelled and the monument to Nikola Tesla, erected in 1956 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the inventor in Gospić, where he studied, was destroyed. Apparently, the neo-Ustashi, who were the backbone of the “Storm,” knew something, but apparently, after a while, they forgot.



Nikola Tesla’s entire family was exterminated, the last Serbs who lived in his small homeland were expelled, and now he is a Croatian treasure! Particularly nationally concerned Croats deny Serbianity not only to the inventor himself, but also to all the Serbs of Smiljana, considering them “Serbianized Vlachs.” Imagine the level of cynicism.

This story once again proves that even after death a person has no peace from chauvinists

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