And Now This is the mother of all the interesting things I heard lately.
I am a Romanian and I never knew this so please come up with arguments and lets find out if it is true.I even do not believe it but I want to drop it
out there. What took me by surprise you will see is the fact that there is a tape where Henri Coanda says that the person in discussion was Romanian
from the Region "Banat " He calls him "Banatean" that translates Person from the Banat Region.
NIKOLA TESLA was an Istro- Romanian his name was Nicolae Tesla
He was Born in todays (Croatia) yes but then austro-hung empire.Was he Romanian or Croat? ...he was an istro-romanian born in Istria, Croatia. His
grandparents were carpenters(in romanian Teslari or Teslaru->Tesla).
Henri Coandă talked with him in romanian.
His father was the Orthodox priest Milutin Teslea. The original name of the family was Draghici (a name common also in Romania) but changed with the
nicname "Teslea", which in both Istro-Romanian and Romanian means bass (the carpenter's tool) and in Serbian means nothing. His family was one of
Mother: Gica Mandici.
Sisters: Anghelina, Milica, Marita.
He was born in Lica province of Istria peninsula, which was compactly inhabited by Istro-Romanians since 15-16th centuries.
If the document is not fake, it may have another explanation: in 1936 Istria was under Italian fascist rule. The Croatian Ustashi were not seeing well
the Istro-Romanians. In 1941-1945 Ustashi killed 750.000 Serbs, Jews and Roma people from Croatia (1.500.000 after Serbian sources, see Genocide in
Satellite Croatia 1941- 1945) under the principle "a third will be converted to Catholicism, a third will be driven away and a third will be
Assuming his Istro-Romanian origin would have led to a universal promotion of the idenity of the Istro-Romanians but on short term could lead to
persecutions against his family and even against his small people.
The names shows he was from a Romanic language speaking people.
Henry Coanda, the inventor of the jet reaction, says in a tape recording that he has meet Tesla in 1893 and that he was a Romanian from Banat
(ofcourse a confussion, Tesla was an Istro-Romanian).
On that magnetophon tape, Coanda exclames:
"You see, one of the most important Romanians, who perhaps changed the life of all humanity, was a Banatian!"
In English version of Wikipedia we have not one word about possible Tesla's Romanian origin.
To answer your last question; NO- Tesla is not from the region compactly inhabited by Istro-Romanians, he was from the region compactly inhabited by
South Slavs. Today, according to the last census, from that region (Ličko-Senjska zupanija) only non-Slavic minority there are Albanians with 0,2% of
Today is after more than 100 years. The Istro-Romanians have been mostly assimilated, is one of the most endangered communities of Europe. Other
Romance groups from the region have vanished, like the Romance Dalmats:
Romanian wikipedia as their reference point uses a site which deals with the alternative history (ro.altermedia.info...
I don't deal with the alternative history and I don't believe that illegitimate child of Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy grew up in Romanian
orphanage, nor that Al Gore is an ethnic Romanian as the Romanian "National Journal" wrote which published the story about Tesla's "Romanian" origin
in the first place.
Altermedia is something else than alternative history, anyway, the information from Altermedia is fully taken from the site of the Istro-Romanian
English wikipedia gives all the references you need (about 50 of them and about 100 notes to go with it) Check anyone you like. That is why I believe
my sources are far better than yours.
Not the number matters. If you check them you'll see that all have taken the same words from somewhere.
I searched the web and I found some Croatian website speaking about his father:
Milutin Tesla was born in Raduc, county Medak, Lika, on February 19, 1819. The Serbs came to Raduc from around Knin in the 1690s, having arrived there
from western Serbia, via Hercegovina. The name Tesla denotes either a trade, as tesla is Serbian for adze- a small axe with a blade at right angles to
the handle - or a physical characteristic, such as protruding teeth, prevalent in the Tesla family. The name Tesla is also found in Ukraine.
In Roman times, there was a place near Raduc, called Tesleum. Milutin's father, Nikola, was born in 1789, and during the Napoleonic wars, when Krajina
was part of the newly-formed French Province of Illyricum, was a sergeant in the French army. He married Ana Kalinic, from the family of Colonel
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