Saturday, 6 August 2022

Traditional Emigrants Day Held on Susak Island!

August 6, 2022 - Traditional Emigrants Day was held on the island of Susak last weekend.

This special day has been held since 1985 on the last weekend in July, when the people from Susak living all over the world return to visit their native island. Šima Strikoman took a wonderful millennium photo while the rich cultural and entertainment programs included workshops and animation for children, sports meetings, the ceremonial opening of the "Sujščanica" statue, and the performance of Susak folklore and the SuperCover Band. 


Susak, which is only around 3km long and 1.5km wide, is renowned for the large number of people who have emigrated from there (mainly to the USA, especially in Hoboken, New Jersey). The name Susak (Italian: Sansego) comes from the Greek word Sansegus meaning oregano which grows in abundance on the island Only a small percentage of natives still reside on the island, but the population of only around 80 booms during the summer as many islanders currently living in America return. 

You can watch the HRT video about this event here

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Sunday, 2 January 2022

World War II Mine on Susak Discovered in Shallow Part of Island (VIDEO)

January 2, 2021 - A World War II mine on Susak was discovered by Velimir Vrzić in the shallow part of the island.

Deep-sea explorer and collaborator Velimir Vrzić found another mine from the Second World War. This mine has been cocooned in the shallows of Susak Island for the last 80 years.

"It is most likely a German underwater mine left over from the Second World War. Namely, the German navy was poorly developed during the war, and due to the great indentation of the Adriatic coast, it was protected by minefields.

This mine is located on the north side of Susak Island, where one of the marked minefields was located, so it is probably one of them.

Whether it is a fishing boat that hooked the mine and dragged it into the shallows of the bay on Susak, or whether it prevented the possible landing of Allied ships on the island, will be determined by the investigation of incompetent institutions," says Velimir Vrzić.


This is the fourth mine Vrzić has found in the last two years.

All three so far (one in front of Rijeka and two on Pag island) have been destroyed by ATJ Lučko special police officers from Zagreb.

Namely, around the holidays two years ago, Vrzić discovered a naval mine of extreme destructive power. Eight decades after the Second World War, the mine was found in Pećina, at a depth of 25 meters and only a few meters from the shore, near Villa Olga, which was once the command post of the German military forces.

Last year, Vrzić discovered two naval mines in one dive on Pag Island. 

"It's true. I can confirm the finding. A few days ago, I received an inquiry from my friend Petar Smojver, who is one of the most famous Croatian sailors, who noticed a strange object in a small bay on the island of Pag. I was nearby, so I headed to the position and had something to see," Vrzić told Morski then. 

"With an underwater scooter at a depth of 5 meters, I found a metal object that resembles the German naval mine model EMC in its shape and appearance," said Vrzić then. 

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