The propaganda book “Next year in Prizren – Dreams of Freedom”, printed and sold in Serbia, is aimed at children aged 10 and follows characters and events that incite nationalism, violence and call for unrest, using the nationalist narrative as an influential tool.
The book was recently published by the “Dobro dete” publishing house of the “Dobrodetelj” association, which, according to their website dobrodete.rs, is registered in the municipality of Barajevo near Belgrade.
In the book, as described, a boy falls asleep listening to the famous song “Next year in Prizren” and dreamed of the return of the serbian army in Kosovo.
“In his dream, serbian special forces invade the Peć Patriarchate and the Dečani to prevent their unification until the main army arrives. Our people conquer Gazimestan, Gracanica and Pristina and take pictures in front of the empty American base Bondsteel . He (the boy) clearly sees the tears of joy of children and soldiers in liberated Orahovac, the final liberation of all our shrines and the victorious entry of serbian tanks into imperial Prizren,” the description reads.
This children’s book, writes Sputnjik.rs, “Shows young people in a modern way what the liberation of Kosovo could have looked like and teaches them that all enslaved peoples who do not surrender dream of their freedom.”
In a statement to Sputnik, the author of the book, Aleksandar Miljevic, said that the subtitle of the book ” A dream of freedom” carries the strongest message, while the title – “Next year in Prizren” – is a greeting that has already reached the people. And it appears in a different way in similar circumstances.
The first time this greeting “is said to have appeared on the eve of the liberation of Kosovo in 1912, also in anticipation of the liberation of Kosovo”.
“The Jews greeted each other in anticipation of returning to their holy land and liberating the land they considered their own. The Chinese waited a hundred years for the liberation of Hong Kong, and they did. The Indians were under colonial slavery for a long time and they were freed. And for the Serbs, who were under Turkish rule for a long time and then, albeit for a short time, under another slavery, the dream of freedom is an important thing, because as long as people dream of freedom, they have not given up. They may be prisoners, but they have not given up,” Miljevic argues.
According to the author, “Next year in Prizren” is the first book to outline what a real return of the serbian army to Kosovo could look like.
“Some people who have seen the book,” Miljevic tells Sputnik, say it is “healing because it shows adults that liberation is possible, and because it is a children’s book, it is an auxiliary instrument for parents to tell their children something up close about Kosovo”.
The liberation of Kosovo, he points out, could be more or less realistic on the ground tomorrow.
“The story begins when the night before the entry of the Serbian army into Kosovo, our special forces make a night landing in Dečani and Patriarchate of Peć in order to conquer those two monasteries so that they would not be destroyed.
According to the author’s version, the return of the Serbian army would begin when the Western forces withdrew from Kosovo, which, he says, everyone is eagerly awaiting.
The “Dobrodetelj” association, which published the book, was founded, as it says on its website, “with the aim of preserving and developing the gospel virtues and traditional values, virtues that have always adorned the members of the serbian nation, and values that have been important for the serbian nation as a whole for centuries”, as well as for each member of the serbian nation individually. Those centuries-old national virtues such as hospitality, charity, courage, kindness … as well as the highest national values such as orthodoxy, homeland and family, are today threatened and even often replaced by their potential.”
This and previous editions of this publishing house, especially the book “Serbs against NATO”, also aimed at young readers, have upset the Ssrbian public, at least the small part of it that is sympathetic to Western values.
They say it is a classic form of propaganda, especially in a country where NATO support is historically low, that “national and traditional values” propagated by the serbian regime, and especially by the Serbian Orthodox Church, are involved children from a very young age.
It will be recalled that the publication of this book in Montenegro in mid-May at the children’s literature stand at the International Book Fair sparked an avalanche of criticism, which deemed the book to be ‘war propaganda’.
In the recommendation for this book, the Montenegrin portal Antena M wrote, it is neglected to mention that the remnants of the JNA, paramilitaries, “tigers” and other murderers, with and without epaulettes, have disgusted both God and the people with war crime in Croatia, BiH and Kosovo, and thus, after repeated warnings from the international community, brought NATO intervention to an impoverished, robbed and deceived people.
It is important, as they say, “to mention untruth as often as possible so that it becomes fact”, a logic that anyone can follow.
In addition to the above-mentioned books, the children’s edition of this publishing house also includes: ‘Kosare: The New Kosovo Battle’, ‘ Saint Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović to Serbian children’, ‘The Wonders of the Lord’. Jesus Christ”, “Kindness vs. Kindness: Children Burning Icons” and others. /The Geopost/