HISTORY LESSON: A HUMBLE VOJVODA
There was no greater leader of the Macedonian movement than Goce Delčev. He was the spirit of the organisation, and his intelligence and emotion combined to not only inspire and motivate Macedonian peasants, but also to bring together the leaders to focus on the positive ways to develop the Macedonian nation and execute the Macedonian agenda.
He understood that the "revolution of the mind, heart and soul of an enslaved people" was his greatest task. Further, Delčev was very sensitive to, and repulsed by, Macedonians not getting along and acting brotherly, especially when they disagreed. He saw no point to yelling and bickering with one another because that course could only lead to division. He instead preferred heart-to-heart discussions that brought people together. MacDermott gives one description of this in his work 'Freedom or Death' pg. 161; "Once Goce was present at a quarrel between Dame Gruev and Pere Tošev which had reached a point at which the two men were sitting in icy silence, each avoiding the other's gaze, and fuming with nervous rage. Goce watched them in agony, with tears running down his face into his thick moustache, and then, in all seriousness, he handed his revolver to each in turn, begging them to shoot him if they were going to devour each, because he could not bear it.
When neither would take the weapon or break the the dreadful silence, Goce threatened to shoot himself, and, putting the revolver to his head, he might well have done so had not Mihail Čakov leapt at him and caught his hand, so that the bullet flew into the ceiling. Everyone screamed, and Goce collapsed onto the floor, unhurt but obviously overcome by emotional stress. A moment later there was a tearful reconciliation as Dame and Pere joined Goce on the dirty floor of the hotel bedroom, hugging both him and each other." ❗️READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON OUR FB PAGE ❗️