on the island of Uljan, 1927 - Stara Gradiska prison, 1961)
m writing a joyous letter for Christmas to you. Don't cry because I am
not there to decorate the Christmas tree and set up the Nativity scene
with Davor. Here, in my heart I have made a big, golden Christmas tree
and the crib for Little Jesus.
Just One will come into the heart of the just because he said so.
the bells in my tissues ring, my soul is a singing nightingale in the
bushes. Thank you my dearest mother for this feeling which surpasses
all the feelings. Thank You and the Grace. Because there is no more
noble idea than the idea of love.
Love is being born into the world, here Love is being born into me.
harm can my enemy do to me when I love him?
my yoke is easy and my burden light, so light that I don't even feel it
in any other way but as happiness. So how can you be sad because of
your son? Rejoce with me because it was written: I will turn your
mourning into joy, your sighs into joyous shouts, your tears into
here in the dining room, next to the Christams tree and I'm singing.
The tree lights are burning and their reflection shines in your eyes.
The light of Christ is burning in us. The dark was dispersed by the
torch of love, because God loved the world so much that He sent His Son
to Earth to suffer and die. Is there a greater example of love, can a
human imagination create a similar example? The example of Christ
shines like a lighthouse before us. Let us love so that tonight we can
be happy in the presence of our Lord in full obedience to God's
command. And let His mercy rest upon us. Having the two of those
– Love and Mercy - we are rich enough and we ask for nothing
dearest mother for this Christmas and don't cry
because I'm not
there to decorate the Christmas tree and the Nativity scene with Davor.
Here, in my heart, I have made a big, golden Christmas tree and the
crib, waiting for Little Jesus.
Just One will come into the heart of the just because
he said so.
Ivo Masina, born in small
town of Preko on the beautiful island of Ugljan in 1927, was a young
historian, for who academician Jaroslav Sidak predicted to become his
successor at the University of Zagreb. The above letter was sent to his
mother in 1954, from the infamous prison in Djordjiceva street in the
centre of Zagreb. Savagely killed (strangled) in the Stara Gradiska
prison in 1961, at the age of 33.
He the most gifted
student of history at the University of Zagreb in his generation, and
his professors predicted him a brilliant career. However, the same day
when he had to have his diploma exam, the police arrested him, thus
preventing him to finish his studies. The same occured on another two
occasions, showing that police deliberatly prevented him to approach
the final exam each time, and Ivo Masin never had opportunity to
officially finish his studies. Personal information by prof. Joja Ricov.
Many thanks to Ivica Relkovic
for contributing the above letter. Translated from Croatian by Antonija
There exists a literary
monograph devoted to Ivo Masina written by a Croatian writer Joja Ricov: Ivo Masina - pitate me -
tko je to? (Ivo Masina - you ask
me - who was he?) Lumin, 1994, Zagreb. Joja Ricov was born in the
fishing town of Kali on the island of Uljan, near Preko - Ivo Masina's
birthplace. We also mention the book - Ivo Mašina: Uskrsna
zvona (pisma), 1945. - 1961.,
issued in Preko, 1994.
Monument of Ivo Masina in his
Preko on the island of Ugljan
near the city Zadar
Another monograph devoted
to this little known martyr is Ivo
Masina, Krscanski borac za slobodnu i pravednu Hrvatsku,
Braca hrvatskog zmaja, Zmajski stol u Zadru, ed. Bernardin Skunca OFM,
The grave of Ivo Masina near
on the islet of Galevac, Preko
monograph containing authentic testimonies
related to Ivo Masina was written by [Hrvoje
Kačić, Dubrovačke žrtve /
jugu 1944. i poratnim godinama].
A special chapter in this book
is devoted to Ivo Masina:
XII. Dike Dubrovnika: Ivo Mašina i Boris Krasovac /
protivnici svakog totalitarizma i borci protiv svakog zločina.
My special gratitude goes to prof. Joja Ricov and to dr. Hrvoje
Kačić, for their first information dealing with Ivo
Mašina. Also many thanks to mr. Davor Klarin for his information
about Zadarska smotra
from 2000., dedicated to Ivo Mašina and for donated