His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander officially opened an exhibition of photographs and documents “Serbia and Russia in the Great War” in the crypt of the Saint Sava Temple. The author is Mr. Dušan Babac, a member of the Privy Council, and the exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Temple of St. Sava and the Royal Palace, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia.
“The history of Serbia and Russia in the Great war is closely linked to the fate of the Karadjordjevic and Romanov families. Both of them led their states and their armies. Tsar Nikolai II was the honorary commander of the 16th Serbian regiment, King Peter I was the honorary commander of the 14th Russian regiment. Russia entered the war because Serbia was attacked. The Russian emperor helped form the Serbian volunteer division in Russia. After the Albanian Golgotha demanded from the allies to evacuate the remaining Serbian troops, at the cost of making a separate peace with Germany. The Russian brigades on the Thessaloniki front liberated Bitola in November 1916. This was the first sign of the ensuing liberation of the occupied homeland. The dynasty of Romanov tragically perished in the world war and the Bolshevik revolution. A quarter of a century later the Karadjordjevic dynasty suffered a similar fate in the times and circumstances when there was no old ally on the world stage. For almost a hundred years dust and oblivion had covered this heroic time of a great alliance. Now that the whole of Europe marks the centennial of the great war, it is the right time to recall these important lessons from our history”, said Crown Prince Alexander in his address.
The opening ceremony of the exhibition was also attended by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine, His Grace Bishop Antonije of Moravica, vicar bishop to Patriarch Irinej, HE Mr Alexander Chepurin, ambassador of Russian Federation to Serbia, members of the advisory bodies of the Crown and representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, as well as by many other distinguished guests from the sphere of culture and art.
The exhibition “Serbia and Russia in the Great War” deals with the topics of the alliance between Serbia and Russia in the First World War and presents a historical overview of the military connections and relations of the two fraternal people, created with the aim of highlighting some less known episodes of the epoch, the faces of its actors at the time of marking the WW1 centennial, the war that the world had not seen before. In 1914, Serbia found its main and natural ally in Russia. Thanks to this, Serbia’s survival was possible, and it repaid both to Russia and other allies. Allied military connections continued in 1915, 1916, and 1917, until the moment when Russia, due to the revolution, stepped out of the camp of allies.
In addition to more than 250 photographs, this exhibition is accompanied by rich documentary material. The item is divided into several parts: the pre-history of the alliance, Russian military assistance to Serbia during World War I, Russian expedition forces on the Thessaloniki front, Serbian volunteer divisions in Russia, Serbian and Yugoslav regiments in Russia during the civil war, the Karadjordjevics and the Romanovs.
The exhibition will be open for visitors by Friday, September 29.