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208. Cristi Rimer 
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Problema salvarii de la disparitie a dialectului istro-roman trebuie privita cu toata responsabilitatea, fiind una foarte delicata. Exista unele pareri cum ca aceasta poate fi rezolvata prin aducerea in Romania a copiilor din aceasta comunitate, unde sa invete in limba romana. Tratata asa simplist, aceasta solutie nu numai ca nu va putea impiedica dezastrul, ci il va accelera si mai mult, fiind de fapt o forma de asimilare a populatiei istro-romane de catre aceea daco-romana. Nu se pune problema salvarii de la pieire a etnicilor istro-romani, care in unele cazuri traiesc mai bine chiar decat multi dintre romanii din Romania, ci a salvarii tezaurului cultural si lingvistic al acestora. Acest fapt se poate realiza prin trimiterea in localitatile istro-romanilor a unor filologi din Romania care sa invete dialectul vorbit acolo, dupa care vor putea edita in Romania carti si manuale scolare in dialect istro-roman care sa fie apoi distribuite in scoli infiintate special pentru copiii istro-romani.
Aceste demersuri necesita insa mult timp si fonduri, de aceea trebuie sa fie precedate de unele masuri de constientizare in randul acestora a importantei pastrarii tezaurului lingvistic si folcloric propriu, care trebuiesc incepute cat mai urgent. Aceasta se poate realiza cel mai usor prin intermediul mass-media, a posturilor de radio, in primul rand, dar si de televiziune, care se pot receptiona in localitatile respective.

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Nu am nici o legatura de nume sau origini cu istro-romanii.Dar sunt ROMAN si nu-mi uit istoria ! Istro-romani,sunteti romani la fel ca noi si va iubim! Noi astia mici nu vom lasa adevarata istorie sa moara !Pacat ca site-ul nu e si in romana...

206. Friederike Goldschmid 
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I have been on your formidable homepage. It has been very intereting for me, because we are writing about istria and one chapter are about the istro rumains. Noe I have a question, you have several songs of zejane. May I have a download? Because you don't get CD at Austria nor in Istria. The cover of the book I will send to you.

With kind regars from Salzburg

Friederike Goldschmid

205. Mary Esposito 
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I really enjoyed browsing through this information. I will be sure to share it with my family and continue to refer to it and study the history My father and his brothers were all born in Brdo. Kudos to Marisa for making this her life's work. Truly excellent and informative!

Sandy Bubolic Sunday, 2 September 2012 21:07
Hi Mary ---- I check this site from time to time and so far this is the first time for me to see someone mention Brdo. My father and his siblings are from there as well. I spent 5 weeks there last summer and it took great willpower to leave wide smile

MaryEsposito Saturday, 15 September 2012 15:43
Hi Sandy, I answered your email. It was nice to hear from you.

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203. jadranka 
Čepić, Hrvatska
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Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:43 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Dobar dan svima! Poseban pozdrav Francesci.

202. Cristoforo Roman 
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Thursday, 14 June 2012 16:53 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

(202) Wonderful website I love it!!
My father Carlo Alberto Roman was born in Citta Nova, his parents were Umberto Roman and Anna Spiz.
My Great Grand Parents are Angelo Roman & Elena Millovaz
Carlo Spiz & Caterina Vidach
My Great Great Grand Parents are Gianbattista Roman & Felicita Giacomelli
Giovanna Ferbocovich & Pierto Millovaz
Matteo Vidach & Giorgio Spiz
If anyone knows info about or is related to these people can you please contact me @
ciao grazie istriani!

201. Paolo Herrmann 
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Wednesday, 9 May 2012 07:46 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Good evening,

I am a young Grandson of a now deceased Lady born in Albona before WW1. Her name was Antonia Rebbi/Rebic and she was the daughter of Antonio Rebbi/Rebic who worked in the Cemetery with his son Antonio Jnr. They were shot on the steps of the cemetary of which I have visited in 2008 with my father Mauro, Antonia' Third son.

I am trying to find out more about my Grandmother's life as I am unsure whether she is Italian/Croatian or something in the middle. Her birth certificate is in Italian however I very much want to be certain of my heritage so I can educate my Sons about their brave Grandmother's blood line.

If anyone can help me I would really appreciate it. I think your website is fantastic and very much makes my heart ache of my time in Istria in 2008.


Paolo big grin

200. Nadia Gailey (Franovich) 
Wa. State USA
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Monday, 7 May 2012 01:54 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

I have visited this site often .My mother was born in Pola in 1925 and lived in Fiume until 1947. I was born in The refugee camp in Tortona ,Italy.Her family home is in Momiamo. Her father died before she was born.I think his name was Emenegildo Sbisa. Any info on Sbisa from Pola.

199. Glenn Jelich 
Sydney Australia
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I have just discovered this website and have spent hours enjoying the contents. My heritage is from this wonderful part of the world Trieste, Dalmatia, Istria, Slovenia.

My parents were immigrants in the 1950's to Australia and are now no longer with us. Thank you for this website and the incredible information it contains

Glenn Jelich

198. Flora Rodrigues 
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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 18:47 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

I am looking for descendents of the following families: Bilich, Buttolo, Benazic, Brajkovic

cristina buttolo Send E-mail Monday, 15 September 2014 16:48
Nello my name is Cristina Buttolo there are many "Buttolo" in Val Resia (UD) Italy Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
If you want contact me in private

197. Diana Rackley 
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Monday, 9 April 2012 06:31 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

I am travelling to Pula soon and would love to have some information about where my mother and her family lived when she was little.
My grandfather Carlo Colbasso (Drago Klobas),BD.1910 was married to Maria Privelleggio BD.1909.

They had 3 children Silvana(my mother) Silvio and Graziella.

I have a photo of the house they lived in. It has a address on the back that reads Via Medulin, I think the number 67 is on the building. I would appreciate some information.

Diana Rackley

Bruno Fucci Tuesday, 10 April 2012 12:12
Diana, there's a Medulinska Cesta in Pula, according to Google maps. Probably is the same street called Via Medulin when Pula was part of Italy.

Australia Friday, 13 April 2012 05:51
YES,Diana, look it up in Google earth Medulinska Cesta. Nice pictures, but they do not show the house numbers. Maybe you can recognize it from your photograph.

Anton Friday, 13 April 2012 19:03
Diana, I don't know if this will help, but I think it's worth following up on it. James Joyce during his stay in Pula lived on the address Via Medolino 7; nowadays the street is called 'ulica Sergijevaca', which runs from the Triumphal Arch of the Sergii to the Forum, where the temple of Augustus is located. It is my opinion that Via Medolino in the year 1904 was also the street of the same name in late 19-thirties. The house where J. Joyce lived is very close to the Arch of Triumph, in front of it there is a sculpture of the famous Irishman.

196. John Gosling 
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I am one of a number of researchers who believe they can connect to a family originating on or around Cres. This family was called Francovich.

Sometime in the early 1870s, two brothers arrived in North Shields, England. Their names were Stefano and Antonio Francovich. They both married local women.

The marriage certificate (1872) for Stefano indicates he was a ships master, and that his father, Francis Natalle Francovich was a port master.

An 1881 census record appears to show his place of birth as \"Austria, Chorso\".

Some 20 years previously to their arrival, a captain Francesco Giuseppe Francovich was sailing regularly between Newcastle (North Shields) and Trieste, carrying coals. His ship was the Aureo.

We have found captain Francesco Giuseppe Francovich connected to one other ship, the Bark Fides, which was the first ship built for a company now known as Fratelli Cosulich. The Bark Fides was built on Cres.

It appears Francesco married one of Cosulich\'s daughters. We do know that the Aureo got into serious trouble off Dover in 1858.

So there is a lot of evidence for Francovich visits to England pointing to all these Francovichs as relatives, but we cannot make that crucial connection.

We wonder therefore if anyone has come across anything on the Francovich family, or knows of anyone researching them?

We would be delighted to share what we know.


John Gosling

195. Livio Moreno 
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Sunday, 18 March 2012 07:52 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Nelle pagine Postcards of Old Istria ho trovato una cartolina di Albona che è stata scritta da Giuseppina Martinuzzi, prozia di mia moglie Licia.
Vorrei potermi mettere in contatto con il proprietario della cartolina e sapere a chi era indirizzata.
Grazie mille
Livio Moreno

194. Remus 
Galaţi, România
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Monday, 12 March 2012 12:26 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Salutări tuturor,
Doresc să vă felicit pentru site, însă aş vrea să ştiu de ce nu există nicio versiune în limba istro-română ?

Românii nu v-au uitat, nu vă lăsaţi cultura să dispară !

193. Aurelia Persico 
Pembroke Pines, Florida
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Friday, 9 March 2012 21:29 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Hello to all Istriani. I was born in Istria and after living in Trieste for three years was processed at Bagnoli and came to the USA via Germany Oct-Nov 1951. I see that some of you were probably on the same ship with us but were disbersed to different parts of the US. We were sent to Utica, NY.

192. Vladimir Kytlica 
Los Angeles, California
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Friday, 9 March 2012 00:42 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

I wanted to thank the person who posted this beautiful site, especially the photos. My parents, who escaped from Czechoslovakia in 1949, were at the refugee camp in Bagnoli, Italy and this is where I was born. They immigrated, leaving from Bremenhaven, Germany on the USS General Surgis to South America. I only heard their stories all my life, but had no idea how these places looked like, since they had no photos. It is amazing to finally see what they were talking about all those years. Thank you, again!!

Marisa Friday, 9 March 2012 02:38
Thank you, Vladimir!
It's always good to hear from people who share our immigrant experiences. When did your family reach South America and where? My own family and I were sent to Campo Bagnoli near Naples, Italy, transferred to Camp Lesum in Bremen, Germany, and arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana USA on the USS General Sturgis (note the correct spelling) on October 11, 1951. We have an essay on our site about the voyage just before ours of that same ship in which other immigrants landed in Canada. This project has reunited MANY of our long-lost friends and relatives.

191. DrGoo 
Melbourne, Australia
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Sunday, 19 February 2012 02:05 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi Warren,
The translation quoted in our site is approximate, but the one posted by Selar here in the Guestbook is much better. As for you mentioning Histria as part of the Illyricum, it never was considered as such in ancient times. At one stage, before Venetia and Histria were declared the 10th region of the Roman Republic, arguably the eastern part of Histria was classified as Dalmatia and Pannonia, themselves parts of the Illyricum and under the Roman Empire. This classification did not last for long, but it has caused untold confusion to historians. Istrioto was never spoken there. It was spoken, and still is, on the western coast in Rovinj/Rovigno and surrounds.

Marisa Sunday, 19 February 2012 08:36
Thank you for your succinct and accurate explanation which should enlighten rather than further obfuscate. Thanks also to Warren and Anton for their constructive observations which are now reflected in the modified/expanded "Salve Rigeina" page.

190. Warren R. Giordano 
Williamstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
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Beautiful website! Very apropos to preserve the culture and languages of the Istrian part of Illyrium. However I must point out an error: On the page which has the "Hail Mary" prayer in Istrioto. I am a student of language and able to read it (admittedly not perfectly.) However, the prayer is not the "Hail Mary", but actually " Hail o' queen, mother of mercy, our life, sweetness and hope. To thee do we turn, the children of Eve, crying and suffering in this valley of tears... etc., etc." I suggest you have one of our Istrian speakers translate it exactly. Keep up the great work. Do not let your languages and culture turn to dust!

A. Selar Saturday, 18 February 2012 19:45
This particular prayer is known as 'Salve Regina'; it's the final prayer of the Rosary. In Latin it goes as follows:

Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae,
ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

In English:
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve,
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile show unto us the
blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus;
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Moderator Send E-mail Sunday, 9 March 2014 15:51
Your reference to the Istriot language of Istria as being in the "Istrian part of Illyrium" is questionable at best. See the next posting which is a reply to you, but kindly know (as indicated in our introduction), that this is not the forum for such discussions.

Obviously, from the translations you've presented, "Salve Regina" is not the same prayer as the well-known "Hail Mary". We shall remove that page entirely pending further investigation.

189. Barbara Yates 
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I am looking for any information for my ancester -- Antonio Sumberaz, brothers were Martin and Edward Sumberaz. Antonio immigrated from Labin around 1885. He was married to Rosalee ? Pesanka. Any information that you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Bruno Tonon Send E-mail Monday, 7 March 2016 21:06
My great grandfather Giovanni D Dragognia married a Maria Sunbarez???

188. Walter Cramerstetter 
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Bon Ano a tutti gli istriani nel mondo! dove of peace

Aurelia Persico Friday, 9 March 2012 21:32
Hi Walter..are you related to Remigio and Fiorella?

Marisa Saturday, 10 March 2012 07:42
I can answer that question for you: they are his parents.

Please see Walter's family album on our site. We do not allow active links in our guestbook, so here is the vital portion of the URL:

187. edoardo 
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desidero augurare a tutti quanti i visitatori del sito un 2012 guidato dalla Luce.

Mi farebbe piacere poter ricevere informazioni sulla famiglia Marinoni-Sotte de Sumberaz di San Domenico di Albona - Pola. Mio nonno era Antonio Sotte de Sumberaz e mia nonna Elisabetta Marinoni.

Se avete notizie potete scrivere a

I would like to receive information on the family Sotte-Marinoni- of San Domenico di Albona - Pula. My grandfather was Antonio Sotte de Sumberaz and my grandmother Elisabetta Marinoni.

If you have news please email

186. Linette Basiaco 
Melbourne, Australia
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Sunday, 1 January 2012 10:25 IP: Write a comment Send E-mail

Auguriamo un buon anno a tutti l'istriani per mondo e alla nostra famiglia e amici a Montona,Caldir, Stanzia Flego, Bencic, Golubici, Livade, Pirelici, Lubiani, Pula, Monfalcone e Trieste!
Viva L'istria!!!
Nelo,Bruna, Gianni e Linette Basiaco

185. Walter Cramerstetter 
YUL airport
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Wishing a very happy Christmas - joyeux Noel - feliz navidad - buon natale... a tutti gli istriani nel mondo.

Montreal, Canada
Al Ain, Emirate of Abu Dhabi

184. Graziella Dumicich 
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A tutti gli Istriani,un augurio
di felicita' per il Santo Natale e
Anno Nuovo 2012!!!

Graziella Dumicich
Tampa, Fl.

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