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Commemoration for Nikola Tesla's death will be held by the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, in Saborna Crkva, on January 23, 2006

 

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Above: Saborna Crkva

Above: (In Serbian) Website of the Serbian Orthodox Church, this section has information about the Commemoration for Nikola Tesla's death by the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, in Saborna Crkva, on January 23, 2006. 

Website address: http://www.spc.yu/Vesti-2006/01/11-01-06-c.html#tes

Above: (In Serbian) Poster Announcement of the Commemoration for Nikola Tesla's death on January 23, 2006 in Saborna Crkva, Belgrade.

 

Above: Saborna Crkva

Above: Belgrade, Serbia.

 

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Above: The City of Belgrade, St. Sava Cathedral in foreground.

Above: Belgrade, St Sava Cathedral, the biggest and greatest cathedral in the Balkans.

Above: Belgrade, Monument of Karadjordje next to the St Sava Cathedral.

Above: Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) at the age of 38.

 

The Serbian Orthodox Church Sinod will hold a commemoration for Nikola Tesla in the famous Serbian Cathedral Saborna Crkva in Belgrade on January 23, 2006 at 11am.  All the members of the Sinod will be present for the occasion.  Episkop Backi Irinej will speak.  Notations will sent to the Tesla Memorial Society in Belgrade, members of the Museum of Nikola Tesla, Serbian Academy of Sciences, President of Serbia Boris Tadic, Prime Minister of Serbia Vojislav Kostunica and others.

Nikola Tesla died in Hotel New Yorker in Manhattan, on January 7, 1943 at the age of 86, in Suite 3327 on the 33rd Floor.  The funeral was held in the Church of St. John's the Divine in Manhattan on January 12, 1943.  2,000 people were present at his funeral.   Noble Prize winners were pallbearers.  telegrams of condolences were received from many notables including the first lady, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt and Vice-President Wallace.  The eulogy of his death was given by Mayor LaGuardia of New York City over New York Radio on January 10, 1943.

Tesla's body was cremated and his ashes put in a golden sphere, Tesla's favorite shape, presently located in the Museum of Nikola Tesla in Belgrade.  According to the Serbian Orthodox Religion, the body should be buried not cremated.  Tesla was Serbian Orthodox, his father was a Serbian Orthodox Priest.  Father Irinej Dobrijevic is a distinguished member of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Tesla Memorial Society of New York Board Member.  Father Irinej presented documents to the Sinod of the Serbian Orthodox Church that the cremation of Nikola Tesla was not Tesla's wish but the decision of Tesla's nephew, Sava Kosanovic, Ambassador of Yugoslavia and son of Tesla's sister, Marica Kosanovic (see writings from Charlotte Muzar, Secretary of Sava Kosanovic). 

Nikola Tesla never wrote or expressed his wish to be cremated.  Tesla was a deeply religious man of the Serbian Orthodox Faith.  The decision for Tesla's cremation was solely on his nephew, Sava Kosanovic.

The Tesla Memorial Society of New York is grateful to Father Irinej Dobrijevic on his historical role for Tesla's commemoration.  Tesla Memorial Society of New York is also grateful to the members of our society who contributed with documents stating that Tesla's cremation was not his wish.  We thank Marko Vujovic, Web Designer of TMS, and Dr. Ljubo Vujovic, Secretary General of TMS,  Zeljko Saric, Secretary for Balkans of TMS, Prof. Aleksandar Marincic, member of Serbian Academy of Sciences, Prof. James Corum, Board Member of TMS, Jasmina Vujic, Vice President of TMS and Professor at University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Mihailo Rundo, Secretary for Germany of TMS.

Father Irinej Dobrijevich, previous Director, Office of Serbian Orthodox Church, Washington D.C.
Father Irinej Dobrijevich was awarded the highest Serbian Award "Vuk Karadzic"

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Above: Letter from Prof. James Corum to Father Irinej Dobrijevich.

Above: Article in Serbian Newspaper "Vesti" announcing the commemoration for Nikola Tesla in Belgrade on January 23, 2006.

Above: The title of the book "Nikola Tesla and His Time" in which the Article (in Serbian) from Dushan Shoukletovic (below) appears.

Above: Article (in Serbian) from Dushan Shoukletovic, Dean of the Cathedral of St. Sava in Manhattan stating that the cremation of Nikola Tesla, January 1943, was not the wish of Tesla but the decision of his nephew Sava Kosanovich, Ambassador of Yugoslavia.

 

 

Website Editor: Dr. Ljubo Vujovic
Secretary General of TMS

 

Web Designer: Marko Vujovic

 

Above: Zeljko Saric

Prof. Dr. Jasmina Vujic, University of California at Berkeley

 

  

Dr. James F. Corum , scientist and Tesla researcher, authors of the scientific paper "Nikola Tesla and the Planetary Radio Signals".  Dr. Corum registered radio signals from Jupiter using Tesla's instruments.

 

Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Marincic, previous director Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade

 

Dr. Mihailo Rundo, Secretary for Germany, Tesla Memorial Society of New York

 

 

Above: Martin Selak, Board Member of TMS, philanthropist and humanist.  Organizer and donator of the visit of the Serbian Academy of Sciences at Columbia.

 

Above: Serbian Academy of Sciences visit to Columbia University on Thursday, June 16, 2005.  Group Photo of the unforgettable evening at Columbia University.  From left to right: Prof. Aleksander Marincic, previous director of the Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade, Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy, director of the Harriman's Institute at Columbia, Dean Zvi Galil, Nikola Hajdin, President of Serbian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Ivan Vujacic, Ambassador of Serbia and Montenegro in Washington D.C.,  Lalla Grimes, Administrative Coordinator, Physics Deparment and Dr. Ljubo Vujovic, Secretary General, Tesla Memorial Society of New York.

 

Above: Letter (in Serbian) by Father Irinej Dobrijevic to the Serbian Orthodox Church to have a commemoration of Nikola Tesla's Death in Belgrade, Serbia on January 2006.  Tesla's died on Orthodox Christmas, January 7, 1943.  According to the Serbian Orthodox Church, no commemoration of his death can be held on Christmas Day (January 7th).
 Father Irinej explained in the letter that the cremation of Nikola Tesla was not Tesla's wish but the decision of Tesla's nephew, Sava Kosanovic, Ambassador of Yugoslavia and son of Tesla's sister, Marica Kosanovic (see writings from Charlotte Muzar, Secretary of Sava Kosanovic). 
According to the Serbian Orthodox Religion, the body should be buried not cremated.  Tesla was Serbian Orthodox, his father was a Serbian Orthodox Priest.  Tesla was born in Lika, Croatia.

 

Above: Tesla commemorative plaque on Hotel New Yorker erected July 10, 2001 by the Tesla Memorial Society of New York and Hotel New Yorker.

 

Above: The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City, the place where Michael Pupin and  Nikola Tesla had funeral services.

Above: View of New York City.

Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's Eulogy to Nikola Tesla on January 10, 1943.

Click here to listen to Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's Eulogy on Nikola Tesla.  This was recorded live on January 10, 1943, broadcasted over  New York Radio.


This recording was found in New York City Archive by Ing. Djuro Grubisic, Dr. Ljubo Vujovic and Prof. Milica Novkovic (members of the Tesla Memorial Society of New York).

 

Above: Tesla ashes were placed in a golden sphere, Tesla Museum, Belgrade.

Above: The Nikola Tesla Museum (Website) in Belgrade.