Prepared by Aleksandar Rakovic according to references from works written
by Branimir Jovanovic  and Vlado Gojnic . Translated in English by Stefan Branisavljevic.
Nikola Tesla, a great inventor and an outspoken Serb patriot,
had sincerely adored free Serb states, Serbia and Montenegro,
and the rest of the Serbdom which pinched unliberated under Austro-Hungarian
and Turkish yoke. He had never hidden his patriotic feelings, on the contrary-he
On 1st of June 1892, Tesla arrived in Belgrade due to the call from
Belgrade municipality. Several thousand people greeted him at the Belgrade
train station. He addressed gathered crowd who saluted him: "There
is something within me that might be illusion as it is often case with
young delighted people, but if I would be fortunate to achieve some of
my ideals, it would be on the behalf of the whole humanity. If those hopes
would become fulfilled, the most exiting thought would be that it is a
deed of a Serb. Long live Serbdom!..." Tomorrow he said
to the students of Belgrade University: "As you can see and
hear I have remained Serb overseas where I have done some researches.
You should do so and by your knowledge and hard work you should glorify
Serbdom over the world." During his visit to Belgrade Tesla was received
in the audience by Serbian king Aleksandar Obrenovic.
Tesla had loved "The Mountain Wreath" of Petar II Petrovic Njegos, but
also poems written by Djura Jaksic, Vojislav Ilic and Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj.
In May of 1894 he published in Century Magazine article on Jovan Jovanovic
Zmaj which began with the story about suffering of Serbs in Kosovo and then
he added "since that fatal battle until recent times for Serbs starts
the darkness with only one star on the sky-Montenegro." Tesla was in very
cordial relations with prince and later king Nikola Petrovic Njegos, who
was the ruler of this permanently free Serb land of Montenegro. They had frequently
written letters to each other and prince received him in April of 1895,
giving him high Montenegrin order - the Medal of prince Danilo' s cross
of first rank.
In USA Tesla regularly met Montenegrin emigrants. Tesla had supported
by money Montenegrins who scarcely worked in American mines. Nikola Tesla
had escorted and covered travel expenses of Montenegrin volunteers
who hasted to fatherland to fight in Balkan wars and WW1.
Just at the beginning of WW1 famous Montenegrin gusle player Petar Perunovic-Perun
came to USA. His aim was to visit emigrants'
clubs and to initiate patriotic feelings among Montenegrins and other Serbs
by playing gusle. Perunovic often saw Mihailo Pupin and he
also visited Nikola Tesla. Tesla and Perunovic would have long conversations,
and Montenegrin performer did not miss chance to sing some of the epic
poems. Perunovic left touching testimony about their first meeting in 1916.
At that time Tesla said:
"I am glad to see you. I have heard compliments
about you. You are a warrior and gusle player. I love gusle and popular
epic. I have all national poems of Vuk printed in the cyrillic alphabet and
often read some of them as to refresh myself by people's spirit
and to preserve Serb language. I have kept gusle in the pleasant memory
since I was a child in Lika."
Then Perunovic sang and later he said about it:
"At the beginning of the singing I already noticed that I made good impression
on Tesla. In the middle of the song Tesla lurch a little bit and tears
flowed down his cheeks. It more inspired me and I continued to sing louder
and louder. After the poem, Tesla stood up and strongly shook my hand. " At
such moment Tesla stressed: "Gusle is the most powerful force to attract
Serb soul !"
 Branimir Jovanovic, Nikola Tesla, Belgrade 1997.
 Vlado Gojnic, Crnogorci u americkim rudokopima (Montenegrins in American mines), Cetinje 1999.