Oliver C. Harvey - quotes

Oliver C. Harvey of the Foreign Office, who visited both Vardar and Aegean Macedonia, wrote during the fact-finding mission and left no doubt about the distinct Macedonian consciousness and identity. In connection with Vardar Macedonia he reported that:

"THE SLAVOPHONE POPULATION OF SERB MACEDONIA DEFINITIVELY REGARD THEMSELVES AS DISTINCT FROM THE SERBS. IF ASKED THEIR NATIONALITY THEY SAY THEY ARE "MACEDONIANS"...NOR DO THEY IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS BULGARS..." (Foreign Office document 371/11245, p. 2).

"While he agreed with Bateman "that the Macedonian Slavs used, before the days of propaganda, to call themselves 'Christians' rather than Serbs or Bulgars," Gallop did not agree "that the Macedonian Slavs are nearer akin to the Bulgar than to the Serb." In any case, HE QUESTIONED THE IMPARTIALIY OF THE SO-CALLED "AUTHORITIES" AND EMPHASZED THE ACTUAL REALITY THAT "NOWADAYS" THE MACEDONIAN SLAVS CONSIDERED AND CALLED THEMSELVES "MAKEDONCI!"

(Foreign Office document O371/11337, Enclosure, 23 April 1926).

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