Joining author Dragutin Pavličević PhD and publisher Robert Hajszan PhD to present the latest releases were CHF deputy director Željko Rupić and reviewers Željko Holjevac PhD, Sanja Vulić PhD and Tomislav Jelić PhD.
On the 18th of May the Croatian Heritage Foundation organised a symposium in Zagreb on The Contemporary Historiographical and Philological Challenges of the Gradišće Pannonian Institute. The objective of the event was to discuss cultural developments in the southern Gradišće (Burgenland) region in Austria in the 21st century and also featured the presentation of new books published by the Pannonian Institute encompassing a total of seven hundred pages, these being Dragutin Pavličević’s History of Croatia and the Croatians (Povijest Hrvatske i hrvatskog naroda), volume two of Robert Hajszan’s Concerning Gradišće Croatian Pannonia (Gradišćanskohrvatskih panonskih tema), the latest issue of the Pannonian Yearbook and the Sanctus Martinus brochure.
Joining author Dragutin Pavličević PhD and publisher Robert Hajszan PhD to present the latest releases were CHF deputy director Željko Rupić and reviewers Željko Holjevac PhD, Sanja Vulić PhD and Tomislav Jelić PhD. The event was moderated by Vesna Kukavica, the head of the CHF publishing department and long time editor of the Croatian Emigrant Almanac.
Also on hand for the presentation were writer Drago Šaravanja, publicist Naco Zelić, historian Ivan Čizmić, Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences director Vlado Šakić, Member of Croatian Parliament and chair of the parliamentary committee on Croats abroad Božo Ljubić, Member of Croatian Parliament and member of the parliamentary committee on Croats abroad and president of the CHF board of directors Ivo Jelušić, Milan Bošnjak representing the head of the State Office for Croats Abroad Zvonko Milas and Jasmina Kovačević Čavlović of the State Office for Croats Abroad.
In late 1993 philologist and historian Robert P. Hajszan PhD founded the Pannonian Institute in his native town of Pinkovac (Güttenbach) in the south of the Gradišće (Burgenland) region of Austria. His objective was to bolster the cultural and publishing activities of the local Croatian community – the fruits of his work can be followed, literally, whilst browsing the many volumes of the Pannonian Yearbook. The volumes of this almanac, featuring multilingual contributions by authors from this multi-ethnic and multicultural region cover over nine thousand pages. Over the past two decades they have been supplemented with, bilingual of course, literary and historical monographs and brochures.
The Pannonian Institute release of Dragutin Pavličević’s bilingual Croatian-German History of Croatia and the Croatians is an abridged version of his major work the History of Croatia. This tome, while lesser in scope, offers an overview of the history of the Croatians and of the Croatian state from the oldest recorded mentions the Croatian name and the settlement of the Croatians on the shores of the Adriatic and is an important source of data on the events, processes and people that were significant in the fourteen-century history of Croatian statehood and of ethnic Croatian territories.
Robert Hajszan’s Concerning Gradišće Croatian Pannonia brings together twenty-seven papers, feuilletons and reflections Hajszan has published in contemporary Central European periodicals in several countries since 1979. In the course of recent decades this author has proven to be a reliable pundit in the area of Gradišće Croatian history, linguistics and culture in general both as a writer and a university lecturer. At a symposium staged last year at the Croatian Heritage Foundation to discuss the first volume of Hajszan’s Concerning Gradišće Croatian Pannonia, published by the CHF in 2014, he was presented with a CHF commendation recognising his thirty-five years of successful work as a publicist, education and culture professional and the establishment of the Pannonian Institute in Pinkovac (Güttenbach) in the Austrian federal state of Gradišće (Burgenland).
Thanks to an abundance of submitted material the Pannonian Institute of Pinkovac has also issued a supplement to its traditional yearbook dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours. The supplement offers papers about the Catholic saint in which a number of authors delve into the history and significance of this saint over time. This year will see the 1700th anniversary of the birth of the patron saint of the Gradišće region and of the Željezno (Eisenstadt) diocese and numerous and diverse events and exhibitions are planned in his honour in his birthplace Szombathely and other places.
Thanks to the gathered experts – the historians Pavličević and Holjevac, the linguist Vulić, geographer Jelić and the tireless editor Hajszan – and the many valuable books presented as gifts, this symposium succeeded in bringing the gathered closer to the current cultural life and topics of interest in southern Gradišće. The event once again confirms the good custom practiced at the CHF for some time now of presenting the trilingual yearbook and other works published in Pinkovac to the broader Croatian public – a custom that appears set to see many such future events.
Text by: Diana Šimurina-Šoufek; Photos by: Snježana Radoš