Canadian Macedonian Historical Society

Canadian Macedonian Place kicks off 25th Anniversary Celebration with Lecture

By Risto Stefov

On Saturday June 12th 2004, Canadian Macedonian Place and the Canadian Macedonian Historical Society put on a free lecture presentation featuring Olga Lexovska Naumoff and Sotir Nitchov. Olga is the author of the book: "MY NAME IS SOTIR: A Memoir of a Child Evacuee" and Sotir is the child evacuee upon whose life story the book is based. The lecture was the kick off event of a two day celebration commemorating the 25th anniversary of Canadian Macedonian Place in Toronto.

Olga Naumoff and Sotir Nitchov
(L-R) Olga Naumoff and Sotir Nitchov

The theme of the presentation was based on the memoirs of Sotir Nitchov a child evacuee from the village Trsie, Lerinsko Aegean Macedonia.
As one of the thirty thousand Macedonian children, ages two to fourteen, Sotir became one of the Detsa Begaltsi (Children Evacuees) evacuated by the Partisans to countries that opened their doors to them, where the sounds of war would no longer be heard. The parents of these children placed their trust in the Partisans, rather than the Greeks. They relied on prayer and destiny to guide and protect the children through their tumultuous childhood years, separated from the comfort of their love.

Olga is not only an excellent writer but also an eloquent and masterful presenter. She had her audience in awe and in tears as she told stories and recounted her experience with Sotir's interesting but difficult life.

Olga Lexovska Naumoff was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Her father Anastas was born in Drenoveni and her mother Tsila was born in Dmbeni, Kostursko Okolie. Olga has a brother, Dr. Norman Naumoff, a retired US Navy radiologist and a sister, Jo Ann Boyana Naumoff, a Registered Dietician (R. D.) and nutritionist

Olga was educated in the US and received her MA from Wayne State University. She retired as a candidate for the position of Region Assistant Superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools. During her career she was the Principal of a high school, taught English as a second language, worked as a translator and a travel agent. She is a woman of many talents.

Sotir Nitchov and his wife Tina signing copies of his book for Pete Kondoff and Olga Sondolowich
(Back-Front) Sotir Nitchov and his wife Tina signing copies
of his book for Pete Kondoff and Olga Sondolowich

Olga now spends her spare time helping our community preserve its historic past and the sacrifices and contributions made by the early generations of Macedonian immigrants to make the American public aware of the problems facing Aegean Macedonians. She also goes on tour promoting her second book "MY NAME IS SOTIR: A Memoir of a Child Evacuee". Her first book was "ABOUT THE SPLENDID MACEDONIANS", published a few years back.

Sotir Nitchov, the hero of the story, was born in Trsie. Like many Macedonian children his age he lived his young life through wars and turbulent times. By his own account he is an ordinary man, but his life and commitments to all things Macedonian have been nothing but extraordinary.

Sotir has a lovely wife Tina, who is his pillar of strength, a son and daughter. In describing Sotir one has to admit that he is an inveterate letter writer and often puts his money and efforts where his mouth is. In the past Sotir has contacted people in high places and has even had a conversation with President Clinton of the United States regarding the recognition of the Republic of Macedonia. He is multi-lingual and speaks English, Macedonian, Greek and Bulgarian. His real passion, however, is to bring awareness to the world about the plight of the Macedonian Detsa Begaltsi and, through the book of memoirs, make his experience known.

One of the early events celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Canadian Macedonian Place
(L-R) One of the early events celebrating the
25th Anniversary of Canadian Macedonian Place

"My name is Sotir" is a must-read, true story. It is one that will evoke happy, carefree memories of the child in all of us. It will also make you cry in despair and make you thankful for your own life.

For more information on the book visit:  or

My Name Is Sotir: A Memoir of a Child Evacuee
by Olga Lexovska Naumoff
Splendid Associates, Dearborne
ISBN 0-941983-03-X (c) 2003
Soft cover, 355 pages
Price CAD$25.50, US$18.75, Delivery Costs: Add $4.00 per book

Or send a cheque or money order to:
Olga Naumoff
4815 Terness Street
Dearborne MI 48126


Translating the Balkans

Prof. Christina Kramer

Including book launches for
"My Father's Books"
"The Time of the Goats"
"Freud's Sister"

March 3, 2013

Republic of Macedonia Consul General

July 2012

Macedonian Open Golf Tournament 2012


Happy 70th

The Best Promoter of Macedonia

Children of the Greek Civil War

By Loring M. Danforth and Riki Van Boeschoten (Feb. 12, 2012)

Happy 20th Anniversary


November 11, 2011

Skype Lecture from Macedonia

Reassessing the Demotic Text of the

Rosetta Stone

May 11, 2011

"Let me tell you a story..." A Symposium of Immigration to Canada 2010

"Get to Know Us" A documentary film about the history of the Jews in Macedonia. Directed by Marjia Makeska. Overview with Dr. Christina Kramer. 01/24/10


Artist Michael Close and the Canadian Macedonian Historical Society donate art work to the Prime Ministers of Canada and the Republic of Macedonia

The Creation of the Macedonian Literary Language - Dr. Kosta Peev - Author of Lexicon of Macedonian Dialects from Southeastern Aegean Macedonia
Canadian Macedonian Artist Michael Close - on his work and Mother Teresa. 
BOOK LAUNCH - "Macedonia and the Macedonians - A History" By Professor Andrew Rossos - 2008
1913 Treaty of Bucharest (Macedonia’s Partition) By Risto Stefov May 19, 2008
BOOK LAUNCH - "Men in White Aprons" - November 25, 2007
"Let me tell you a story..." A Symposium of Immigration to Canada 2007
Video Interview with Alex Gigeroff July 2006 
Men in White Aprons - Lecture by Professor Harry Herman 2006 » 
Grand Opening of the CMHS Library and Resource Centre 2005 »
Em Baba Em Nevesta, Lecture by Dr. Kathy Dimitrievski 2005 »
The Prize Winning Documentary "The Children of 1948" 2005 »
Carabram Multicultural Festival in Brampton, Ontario 2004 »
25th Anniversary of Canadian Macedonian Place - Lecture with Olga Naumoff and Sotir Nitchov 2004 »
World Premier of the Documentary - "Just Arrived" 2004 »
JSG Gandeto - The Ancient Macedonians and Ancient Greeks 2003 »
Lerin Society's Annual Picnic 2003 »
Open Doors Event at the Toronto Archives 2003 »
Ceremony Commemorating the Death of Gotse Delchev 2003 »
Historical Society's Annual General Meeting 2003 »
Kramer, Stoymenoff: Language and Identity in the Village of Vrbnik 2003 »
Special Showing of "Dust" with Director, Milcho Manchevski 2003 »
Rossos: The Macedonian Question and Instability in the Balkans 2003 »
Stefov: When Bad Things Happened to Good Macedonian People 2003 »
Macedonian Kolede Costume Ball 1996
From Baba's Hope Chest Macedonian Treasures in Canada 1995
First Annual Banquet 1993
850 O'Connor Drive Toronto, Ontario CANADA M4B 3L6 Phone/Fax: (416) 755-3117
Web: | E-mail: | Terms of Service
Charitable No. 141146001RR0001 CRA: