FROM RUINS TO CULTURAL AND SCIENTIFIC CENTER "Milutin"
(Record of dialectical materialism and baroque classicism)
With Milankovitch did not meet during training, or it could be found in newspapers, see on TV, hear on the radio ... This university belongs to "mathematical clique" to die "unrecoverable", not accepting dialectical materialism, was carefully removed from the sight of the pioneers of small and golden youth. Not even in 1976. year, when the Americans, Drilling ocean bottom, find confirmation of his theory and the magazine Science (No. 194) issued proof of its accuracy, after years of research in the project CLIMAP, who presented Hejs, Imbra and Šeklton referred to as "Variations of the Earth's orbit - pacemakers ice ages, "Milankovitch is beyond immediate scientific circles, is not mentioned.
My first encounter with Milankovitch occurred 1979th year, the celebration of the centennial of his birth. It just so happened that a couple of years later a job in Dalj. One old Daljac remembers that his brother Bozidar Maslarić also Daljac, Spanish fighter kominternovskog high rank, vice president of the People's Republic of Croatian, the Milankovitch said that "in knowledge among the set of people in the world." Soon we came to hand novel Daljca temporary stay in Belgrade, George stitch, "Death in Erdabovu" dedicated Milutin. Reading this great novel introduced me to the world of naučnikovih Keeps, experience and knowledge, which are among the best memoirs works of Serbian literature.
Reading memoirs intrigued me to see naučnikovu birth house and the view of the Danube from its emissions by Milankovitch rose to mythical levels. As always, the collision of fiction and fact was disappointing. It seems that the huge dimensions storey home, compared to the surrounding dwellings, reinforcing the impression of ugliness and decay. Neorealistični scene house, built in the Baroque - Classical style, pointed to three angled hearth at home long ago painted in ocher, where under the plaster fallen from the facade indicate bare, damp eroded bricks. Zamusana glass behind giter, rotten and warped doors and partly demolished fence additional contributions sad scene. Protrudes from the slot home a few tubes of wood stoves; yard be hanging people from the social bottom of late socialism. Only another view of the Danube and back marshes remained magnificent, exactly as the apprentice conjured.
In 1994. I started work as director of the Serbian Cultural Center "Dimitrije Isailovic" in on, which brings me into direct contact with the Milankovitch house and impose at least a moral, obligation to do something with its reconstruction. The house is already law ruins - hollow roof, no glass in the windows, with brick that is the crown of the facade, with a yard overgrown with weeds in the rugged and high shrubs. Only the ancient pine, with impoznatne height, testifies to its former glory and the glory of Baroque classicism and yard decorated by Viennese patterns.
In the following years with Djordje stitch run endless night conversations about the house and its future. Fantasize about how the house will look like and where will all serve to commemorate rooms Milutin Milankovitch and all significant (Todorova, Uros, Milan, Bogdan ...), memorial rooms all known Daljcima and those who are still lived and worked, heritage collection, ethnographic museum, library ... George story that will give your home old art in the barn, that the entire barn transferred to Milankovitch yard. Talks about the legacy of the depot Milankovićevoj SANU, about his study, the personal items that will all, one day, find a place in naučnikovoj home.
But, it was to pass nearly fifteen years to make part of our dream become a reality. I'm glad that George waited to see the restored house, I immediately increased the photo and sent it to him. He held her over the table, next to photos James Ignjatovic, Milan Kasanin and Milutin. I'm sorry I did not live to see the exhibition and which in the yard, in the shade, we drank a chow wine.
Since 1995th there were! Several attempts to move from the home renovation. Was the most energetic group of former citizens of Osijek, led by Dr. Vladimir Jokanović and Branko Jeremic. Despite the high energy, time and effort, everything else deadlocked. Of this action bar has created brochures Milankovic and bust in front of the Faculty of Physics in Novi Sad.
A house is oronjavala more, and not only that it has become dangerous to go into it, but also by her passing. We showed this our sorrow and shame to all guests who have visited us at the turn of the millennium, hoping to meet someone and untie this Gordian knot.
It just so happened that, in September 2005th, at the presentation of the book "Milutin Milankovitch and Serbian Matica" Bozidar Kovacek, then president of Nuts, find Aleksandar Popovic, former science minister in the government of the Republic of Serbia, the current Deputy Prime Minister Slobodan Uzelac, now Minister of Ministry of Science Croatian Republic Radovan Fuks, State Secretary in the Ministry of Science Zelimir Janjic, a few notable scientists, the political leader of Serbs in Croatia and representatives of local government. Aleksandar Popovic, athlete, former state champion in the sprint, chemist by education, originating from the environment Djakovo, was well acquainted with the Milankovitch work and reputation in world science. Based on the stories about the house and the amount of funds needed to rebuild it, he suggested that the two governments jointly renewal naučnikovu birth house, which is generally accepted.
The whole story is then boiled down to the efforts of A. Popovic, the Serbian Government has provided funding for building renovation of the house, with the expectation that the Republic of Croatia's territory finance home furnishing and decorating the yard. Construction works are to begin late 2006. and completed in spring 2007. year. Further work on furnishing the house and the yard has assumed Erdut municipality, with modest funds each year flowed from the Croatian Ministry of Culture. This is significantly slowed down the completion of works - setting permanent exhibition on the life and work of Milutin Milankovitch, equipping a workspace at home, greening and paving courtyards, pavilions set up ... just dedication Deputy Prime Minister Slobodan Uzelac, 2009. the year in which the fall of the 130th anniversary of the birth Milankovićevog, large part of the work was brought to an end.
From 24 May, when the House held an international scientific conference "Creativity Milutin" until autumn 2009th year, is organized in the house were several teachers seminars, literary evenings, debates, discussions, presentations of projects, open environmentally info - point. One hundred thirty Milankovićevog birth anniversary was marked by the end of May the international roundtable on climate change, the launch proceedings "Creativity Milutin", book Aleksandra Petrovic Cycles and records (Opus solis Milutin) and performing audio drama "Traveler through Universe and the Ages" by Olga Savic, with music by Vera Milankovitch.
The house, on the ground floor, decorated part of the exhibition on the life and work of Milankovitch and Milutin memorial room which is a design studio realized "Myth" from Osijek. On the floor of the multipurpose hall with fifty places, future IT workshops and small scientific workshops. There is also an environmental point with magazines, books, and audio - visual material from science - astronomy, ecology, geography, geophysics ... The plan is to have a convenient place to put a telescope visitors could observe the starry sky over the Danube as it did Milankovitch, claiming that the sight was magical.
In late August, was established and started operating cultural and scientific center "Milutin Milankovitch," headquartered in naučnikovoj birthplace in Dalj. Milankovitch wanted to spend old age and died in his native home. To him, was inspired by the efforts of government, is not possible. The 1966th his remains were transferred to the family tomb daljskog Orthodox cemetery. Here rests with their parents, brothers, sisters and many ancestors among whom were farmers and warriors, officers, generals, court counselors, public tribune, inventor, philosopher ...
Milutin Milankovitch back, ever, in my father's house. Welcome home!