Good People in an Evil Time: Portraits of Complicity and Resistance in the Bosnian War

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Other Press, LLC, 17 Ιαν 2005 - 584 σελίδες
In the 1990s Svetlana Broz, granddaughter of former Yugoslav head of state Marshal Tito, volunteered her services as a physician in war-torn Bosnia. She discovered that her patients were not only in need of medical care, but that they urgently had a story to tell, a story suppressed by nationalist politicians and the mainstream media. What Broz heard compelled her to devote herself over the next several years to the collection of firsthand testimonies from the war. These testimonies show that ordinary people can and do resist the murderous ideology of genocide even under the most terrible historical circumstances. We are introduced to Mile Plakalovic, a magnificent humanist, who drove his taxi through the streets of Sarajevo, picking the wounded up off the sidewalk and delivering food and clothing to young and old, even when the bombing was at its worst. We meet Velimir Milosevic, poet, who traveled with an actor and entertained children as they hid in basements to avoid the bombing and gunfire, and we hear the stories of countless others who put themselves in grave danger to help others, regardless of ethnic background.

Faced with a world in which unspeakable crimes not only went unpunished but were rewarded with glory, profit, and power, the Bosnians of all faiths who testify in this book were starkly confronted with the limits and possibilities of their own ethical choices. Here, in their own words they describe how people helped one another across ethnic lines and refused the myths promoted by the engineers of genocide. This book refutes the stereotype of inevitable natural enmities in the Balkans and reveals the responsibility of individual actions and political manipulations for the genocide; it is a searing portrait of the experience of war as well as a provocative study of the possibilities of resistance and solidarity. The testimonies reverberate far beyond the frontiers of the former Yugoslavia. This compelling book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the reality on the ground of the ethnic conflicts of the late twentieth and the twenty-first centuries.
 

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Acknowledgments
xiii
Chronology of the Conflict
xlv
Preface
lix
Friends and Strangers
11
Out of the Hell of Mostar
35
Little Moscow
49
Big Shepherds with a lot of Sheep
63
Uncle Marko
78
Who Is After Us and Where Are They Taking Us?
249
Trust Earned
268
Through a Mine Field to My Love
282
A Life with Dignity
300
Your Typical Jewish Name
314
Help for a Wounded Chetnik
332
Three Potatoes
351
Out of Nowhere a Feast
368

A Sarajevo Mosaic
93
The First Packages
111
A Balkan Spy
129
Sane Children
144
A Flash of Light That Is Shining Still
161
Rape in Grbavica
176
Tears in the Eyes of a Giant
188
Brandy for a Grandsons Wedding
206
Farewell to Mother
219
A Humanitarian Aid Wedding
236
A Promise Kept
382
A Last Name Saves the Day
395
The Most Loyal ComradeinArms
411
Colonel Risojevićs Protection
428
Touched by Human Kindness
433
Thats Not the Way I Think
451
Fadil
466
BosniaHerzegovina History Culture Ethnicities
481
Recommended Readings and Films
513
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Dr. Svetlana Broz

Dr. Svetlana Broz, cardiologist, is currently Director of the NGO Garden of the Righteous in Sarajevo, the President of the Board of The First Children's Embassy in the World and a member of various NGOs, including the Association of Independent Intellectuals CIRCLE 99. She lives in Sarajevo.

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