February 11, 1997


Madeleine Albright, "Secretary of Hate"

By Bob Djurdjevic


PHOENIX, Feb. 11, 1997 - It is not known if Madeleine Albright, the newly-confirmed Secretary of State, has paid much attention to American pro-sports. So the Chicago area phrases - "Da Bears," "Da Bulls"... - popularized on the Saturday Night Live show - may be lost on her. Nevertheless, Albright still managed to produce "Da Bull" as if she were a Chicago native.

During the first week of February, faced with irrefutable evidence presented to her by the Washington Post that she was of Jewish heritage, she said that "all this was a major surprise to me."

Meanwhile, while Albright's "surprise" - Alzheimer-type at age 59, or feigned, O.J.-type - has caused some gut-wrenching reactions among the Jewish-Americans, it drew smirks and chuckles among the people who knew her father and the Korbel (her maiden name) family. The Korbels lived in Belgrade, Serbia, between 1936-1938 and 1945-1948.

Madeleine Korbel Albright at the Chech embassy in Belgrade Albrt-2.tif (201202 bytes)

When asked recently if he knew that Albright was of Jewish heritage, a Belgrade university professor replied "Of

course, I know that. 'Everybody and his uncle' in Belgrade knows that."

Except, it seems, for Madeleine Albright herself. And the gullible American media which are yet to print any details about Albright's stay in Belgrade. So "Da Bull" flourishes...

By contrast, here is what this writer wrote on Feb. 4 - the day before he saw the Washington Post or the New York Times stories about Albright - to a media editor in Washington, DC: "...In the meantime, thought you may be interested in the enclosed letter (about Clinton and Albright letting down a Marine beaten by Milosevic's police) which I sent today to all U.S. Senators and Congressmen who have e-mail addresses.

I also thought that it was quite disgraceful for Madeleine Albright suddenly to 'discover' her Jewish heritage today, when this was commonly known by everybody who knew her family, who moved from Czechoslovakia to Belgrade, Serbia, in 1936 partly to avoid the Nazis' persecution.  Which is why I thought that she had deliberately withheld that information from her "official bio," maybe so that she would not have to explain that she got to go to school in Serbia, or that her father (a former Czech ambassador in Belgrade) was a great Serbophile.

Madeleine Korbel Albright swimming with her parents in the river Sava in BelgradeAlbrt-3.tif (193107 bytes)

Now that she admitted her Jewish background, plus that she was raised a Roman Catholic before becoming an Episcopalian, my... she may be only the second U.S. government official after Clinton to qualify for my 'Nothing-nothing' liberal nirvana award. Heck she is half way there now! With three religions in her bag already, she only has to convert to Islam, Buddhism and the Orthodox Christianity and she'd be a model of a liberal nihilist-globalist - Ms. Halfbright Nothing, 'citizen of the world,' who believes in nothing." (except money and power).

As more details about Albright's character emerged over the following several days, her lust for money and power, and her disdain for her own heritage became even more evident.

On Feb. 25, 1994, for example, the mayor of Letohrad (a Czech town from which the Korbel family hails) wrote to Albright that her Jewish father came from this small Bohemian town, and that her grandparents and other close relatives had died in Nazi camps, the New York Times reported from the Czech Republic on Feb. 7 "...Other extensive details of Albright's family are then related by Silar and other people in the town, including how Josef Korbel and his brother Jan later studied in Prague; how Josef Korbel's sister married a man named Rudolf Deml; how the Demls then had a daughter named Dagmar -- Madeleine Albright's first cousin -- who went to England "before the Nazi occupation", the NYT reported. "If she ever received and read this material, the details about her cousin Dagmar must have been particularly compelling. As a young girl - she was born in 1937 - Albright knew Dagmar very well in London."

So how did Albright treat Dagmar, her first cousin and her childhood chum after Maria Jana (the latter day Madeleine) became a "hot shot?" In two words - "like dirt." Albright's cousin said on Thursday (Feb. 7) in an interview with the NYT that, after various attempts to make contact, she also had the impression that the Secretary of State wanted, for some reason, to sever ties with her Czech family.

"Obviously, she does not want a relationship with me," Dagmar said. "It did hurt. But I got over it. It can't be helped. I have other relatives and many friends."

On recent visits to the Czech Republic in 1994 and 1995, Albright made no effort to contact her cousin and did not respond to a letter Dagmar handed to one of her bodyguards. Dagmar's young sister, Milena, also died in WW II. At the age of 12, another first cousin of Albright was killed at Auschwitz in 1944.

Similarly, the article which the mayor of Albright's home town sent with his letter in 1994 said, "Mrs. Deml and her parents Arnost Korbel and his wife, Olga, died in the gas chambers" -- a clear statement of the fact that Albright's aunt and her grandparents were killed by the Nazis.

The Jan. 18, 1997 issue of Belgrade's weekly, VREME published an excerpt from Madeleine Albright father's 1951 book - "Tito's Yugoslavia." In it, this distinguished Czech diplomat and a great friend of the Serbs, according to those who knew him, described how he handled a similar situation involving another woman who was embarrassed by her Czech roots. It happened at a diplomatic cocktail party in 1945 in Belgrade given by the Yugoslav communist dictator, Josip Broz Tito.

"...I was in the company of some Yugoslav generals when my former friend (Vladimir Ribnikar - an heir to the oldest Serbian publishing house - POLITIKA), and his Czech wife passed by." (Earlier on in his book, Ambassador Korbel talked about how these close Serbian family friends, dating back to his 1936-1938 years in Belgrade as the Czech cultural attaché - the Ribnikars, used to visit each other at least once a week, but ignored him after he arrived as a Czech ambassador to Belgrade in 1945).

"This time, they could not avoid seeing me. Yet, without a word of welcome, she (Mrs. Ribnikar) said 'Don't consider me a Czech anymore. I have become a Yugoslav. I am full of the 'partisan' (communist) spirit, and I have forgotten my Czech ancestors."

The (Yugoslav) generals were surprised by such an undiplomatic comment. I was also ashamed. But I managed to reply "I am sorry to hear that. But we have in our country so many good women that we'd be glad to let our Yugoslav friends have one of them."

Just as Albright's cousin, Dagmar, seemed disappointed but ready to move on ("it did hurt. But I got over it. It can't be helped. I have other relatives and many friends") - the ambassador Korbel's dignified answer reveals similar sentiments. Which is why he'd be probably turning in his grave if he were to see what has come of his daughter.

One cannot help but wonder what it is about some people that makes them so anxious to give up their national or ethnic identity for money and power? Is that why the Czech Republic became the darling of foreign multinationals? (In 1995, this country with the population of only 10 million received as much in foreign investments as did the four times larger Poland - $2.5 billion each, and MORE than Russia, a country with the population 14 times that of the Czech Republic).

Whatever the answers to these questions, there is a more important matter about which we, the American citizens, must be concerned. Madeleine Albright, alias Maria Jana Korbel, born a Jew, baptized a Catholic, now an Episcopalian, appointed to the Secretary of State post by a draft-evading President, is now in charge of our foreign policy.  If Albright was so eager to dump her Czech roots and her Jewishness for money and power, how can we be sure that this Secretary of State won't do the same with the American national interests? Or was that, in fact, the whole point and the main criterion for selecting her, rather than some proud patriots, for the top foreign policy post?

Maybe our ruling elites, the establishment plutocrats who decide whom to send to Washington to represent them, only pick the people like Clinton or Albright who "believe in nothing " except in money and power. Maybe only unscrupulous candidates who are willing to sell out principles and protect their sponsors', rather than our national, interests are "good enough to serve our country" - the latter being another "Da Bull" establishment line .

As we wrote in the Truth in Media Bulletin 96-08, 8/29/96, having people like that "in charge of the U.S. national security is like hiring a fox to guard a chicken coop. With the American people inside."


Bob Djurdjevic
Phoenix, Arizona

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