Whether we liked or hated Josip Broz Tito, there is no doubt that he was one of the most important historical figures on the Balkans. And like many other figures, Tito also had some interesting stories that ran around him. Josip Broz Tito was president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1953 to 1980.
There are legends about his actions, statements, and experiences, of which at that time was forbidden to talk. Among them is the anecdote that he liked to secretly sneak out of the “Blue Train” and of security, and drink at the Hotel Tourist. And although most people was afraid of him, this did not prevent the transfer of stories and anecdotes about Tito.
In 1944, Tito visited Vršac and some surrounding villages, and he was interested in how people live, how they agree with their neighbors.
“Well, we agree… Only, comrade Tito, they are stealing our horses!”
“And what do you do?”
“So we’re stealing their horses.”
“Well, then good,” Tito smiled, ” it means, there is a mutual understanding.”
The Journalist Who Paid Tito’s Lunch
In the subway on Terazije was installed previously unseen chicken-roasting machine, which worked automatically when dinar was inserted in.
It was opened by Tito and the organizers of the ceremony wanted for President of the Republic to try it out first.
“I do not have a dinar,” said Tito and his wife Jovanka did not have the money either, so the organizers asked the journalists present if they can help Tito.
“I have” journalist Ljubiša Milanović said.
After that colleagues teased Ljubiša how this unusual investment is not best used when he wrote, for example, feuilleton titled “How I paid Tito’s lunch”.
During the national liberation struggle, on the liberated territory in moments of rest, there were organized various sporting events. So once there was a football game. The game was quite dirty, the referee was hesitant and inconsistent, so the game was interrupted quite a few times. Tito, who was in the audience, bored with those constant explanations suddenly went into the court, took the referee’s whistle and turned to the players:
“Now let’s see whether some oppose the decisions of the referee?”
The Best Move
In the national press club in Washington, 29 October 1970, Tito answered questions from American journalists. With his humorous and meaningful answers, Tito impressed most provocative representatives of the “fourth estate”.
“Sir, Mr. President, what is the biggest positive result of Nixon’s visit to Yugoslavia?
“The fact that I am in America today”, laconically replied Tito.
After Tito’s death in 1980 stories began to spread throughout Yugoslavia that he, in fact, was the stunt double, replaced by the Russians or Americans before or during World War II, and that he wasn’t Josip Broz born in Kumrovec, in Croatia in 1892. Apparently, Tito was killed on Sutjeska or in a plane crash after the German attack on their stronghold near Drvar, or he was replaced while he was in Russia.
Serbian occupants from Bedford remembered the veteran of World War II, Vučković, who lived among them and who told them stories when he was stationed in Zagreb. As a sergeant in gendarmerie in late 1920, he arrested the young Josip Broz and recalled that he had three fingers on his right hand. Tito, who later became president of Yugoslavia had all his fingers and also played the piano.
In 1979, during his last foreign visit, Tito visited Iraq and had the opportunity to be lodged with Saddam Hussein.
Saddam prepared awaited Baghdad đuveč and dates in syrup as a dessert. Unfortunately, it is not known what the two dictators discussed during the dinner.
In 1972, Yugoslavia was the first communist country visited by Queen Elizabeth II. Leskovac barbecue was on the menu along with sour cream and bread, and salad hoopla, and all that was washed away with homemade brandy.
Apparently, the queen liked Leskovac barbecue and the manner in which it was served. Dinner pictures show glasses in the form of rubber (Wellington) boots.
These stories and many others were constantly shared among people, even though at the time they were forbidden. They crossed many mouths and in the end fact and fiction mixed without any clear borders.
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