He used all his talent, professional reputation and great knowledge, pointing out that Serbs and Serbia are not and cannot be the sole culprits for all crimes committed during the disintegration of the common state.
(photo, Kosta Hristić)
Kosta Hristić, a prominent French journalist of Serbian origin and long-term president of the church community of Saint Sava, died and was buried in Paris at the age of 86.
Kosta Hristić was born in 1935 in Athens, where his father was the ambassador of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Several generations of his family played a significant role in the diplomacy and domestic policy of the Serbian state in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The winds of World War II brought him to Geneva and then to Paris where he was educated and began working as a journalist in the 1960s – first in a Parisian daily. The world, and then in the weekly Point. There, as the editor of the foreign policy section of the 1990s, he was caught in the break-up of Yugoslavia.
The book “False Brothers – Yugoslav Illusions and Reality”, by Kosta Hritić
He was indignant because almost all French and Western media broadcast a black-and-white picture of the war in Yugoslavia in which the conflicting parties were portrayed as divided into absolutely evil Serbs and absolutely good others. He used all his talent, professional reputation and great knowledge, pointing out that Serbs and Serbia are not and cannot be the sole culprits for all crimes committed during the disintegration of the common state.
Paris Publishing House Flammarion published in 1996 his book “False Brothers – Yugoslav Illusions and Reality” (Les Faux Frères – mirages et réalités yougoslave). In this brilliant historical analysis, Kosta Hristić filigreely connected events from the past with the latest war in the Balkans. He showed that propaganda and misinformation could reach unprecedented proportions, primarily due to ignorance of the past, that the latest war tragedy in the Balkans is a continuation of the previous ones and that it largely derives from them.
In the same year, 1996, Kosta Hristić participated in the launch of the monthly Balkans-Info whose founder was his friend – the famous French journalist Louis Dalmas.
Publisher code The Age of Man he published the book “Serbian Resistance” and “Honor and Deception”. In the sixties, he translated the books of dissident Milovan Djilas, and in 2008 the Age of Man published his translation into French of Patriarch Paul’s book “Let’s be people”.
Kosta Hristić was the vice president of the Diocese of the Western European Serbian Orthodox Church. For many years he was the president of the parish board in the Church of Saint Sava in Paris, whose work and strengthening he gave a great contribution to.
In weakened health in recent years, Kosta Hristić passed away as a result of a corona virus infection.
He was buried in the Paris cemetery Ivry-sur-Seine in the presence of members of the immediate family – his wife Margita, daughter Milana, sons Lazar and Nikola.
Those who knew him will remember the man of exceptional kindness, great knowledge and deep nostalgia for the country where his family comes from, in which he had many friends, whose language he spoke well and in which – due to fateful circumstances – he never lived permanently.
Source: Balkan Magazin – Aktuelnosti by www.balkanmagazin.net.
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