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Beata von Serda Teodorski (1894-1990)

Beata von Serda-Teodorski (1894 - 1990) – married Mate Murkovic.

During WW1, the Austro-Hungarian empire had stationed a Polish general ( in Zagreb. While in Zagreb, The Polish General met and married a Croatian girl (?Beata’s mother’s name?) and he become very attached to Croatia. In 1894, the couple had a little girl that they called Beata and they went to live in Poland for a while (check?). On the general’s retirement they relocated to a house that he had bought in Sušak, which used to be outside of Rijeka but is now part of the greater city of Rijeka.

As WW1 had ended, Mate left the army and went into the family business. Jozo (his father) bought him a saw-mill in Ličke Jesenice which was some 50km (?confirm distance?) east  (inland of Stajnica). Ličke Jesenice was also the location of the train station that one would need use to take the train to Zagreb. The family then had three mills: Stajnica, Ličke Jesenice and in one in Jezerane.

Around this time Mate met Beata von Serda (Teodorski) through Tade (Beata’s ujak?). Beata was in her mid-twenties and had previously been engaged to a German baron who was an officer in the German army. Tragically, her fiancé had died in WW1. Her mother was Croatian whose last name was Sladović and her father was a Polish general who was stationed in Zagreb during the Austro-Hungarian empire. The general, Josef Serda Teodorski, married the Croatian girl and become very attached to Croatia. In 1894, the couple had a little girl that they called Beata and they went to live in Poland for a while but on the general’s retirement they relocated to his holiday house that he had bought in Sušak (which is now part of the city of Rijeka). Beata’s father, Josef Serda Teodorski, may be buried in the military cemetery in Pula, Istria (or it may be an officer with a similar name that died in a submarine? ).
Mate and Beata had two sons, Borna and Dodo. Beata had a terrible first night of marriage (story…?).

In August 1942 he received notice that his son Borna had died on the Russian front. The news was devastating to both Mate and Beata. Beata had always coloured her hair dark to hide some of the grey that was starting to show. After she received the news of Borna’s death, she stopped colouring her hair and her head went all white. In 1943 Mate achieved the rank of General and retired shortly thereafter, a sick man.

Josef Serda Edler von Teodorski

Born 1900, died June 10, 1918. Beata had a picture in her album of a grave that I’ve discovered is located in the Military cemetery in Pula. This is the grave of a young 18 year old man who died on the Saint Stephen (SMS Szent István) on June 10, 1918. There is film footage of the sinking on Youtube, but I'm not sure how this person is connected to Beata's father. I suspect that this may have been her brother.
Beata also had a portrait of this young man and attached to the portrait was navy badge. (pic to come)


As the war was ending, Mate died (July 10, 1944) at the age of 61 in Zagreb from lung cancer brought on by years of heavy smoking. He was buried in the military section in Mirogoj, the main cemetery in Zagreb with full military honours (get picture of his grave). In May 1945, Yugo-bolsheviks destroyed his grave. For a long time an article from a Serbian newspaper that read 'Matija Murković vijao je naše čete na Crnom vrhu' was kept in the Murkovic Lodge in Stajnica.

Mate’s wife and surviving son (Beata and Dodo) escape to Germany and later to the USA. The initially go to Milwaukee, but end up in Los Angeles. Seka visits her aunt in LA and goes there to be with Beata in her final days.

Mate used to smoke a lot and he would even smoke in bed when he could not sleep at night. Beata used to dislike this a lot and he had to sleep in a spare room.


Borna Murković (?-1942 )

Mate & Beata’s first son joined the army and fought with German troops against Russians in Crimea. As 1st Lieutenant in 369th Croat Regiment of German 100th Jaeger Division, Borna was badly wounded on 16 August 1942 in battle at Krasnoperekopsk Crimea in the Ukraine, west of Rostov. “He died from his wounds on 20 August 1942 at main first aid station in Venci”. This first aid station was probably in Venchi, Romania. Romania was occupied by Germany at the time.

During World War II, Crimea was a scene of some of the bloodiest battles. The Germans suffered heavy casualties in the summer of 1941 as they tried to advance through the narrow Isthmus of Perekop linking Crimea to the Soviet mainland. (check why 1941, yet Borna died in 1942).
Bibliography: Ivan Kosutic: Hrvatsko Domobranstvo u Drugom svjetskom ratu

Dodo Murković (1922–1985)

Mate & Beata’s second son was born Bozidar, which means “God’s gift” in English but everyone called him Dodo. Read more...

Aurelius von Serda-Teodorski

This was Beata's father. He was a general in the Polish Army. Read more ...