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Sarajevo Before the Siege

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Sarajevo Before the Siege


Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina) -- History -- Siege, 1992-1996.
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina).


Oral history video clip featuring Miki Jacevic, a survivor of the Yugoslav War. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.


Media Entertainment, Inc.


Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.


Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.




Jacevic, Miki


Tape number: 4111C


video / mp4




Oral History


Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina)

Oral History Item Type Metadata


Nelson, Jane


Jacevic, Miki


Well, there is--I don't think in the stage that we are at in human history, with the particular kinds of conflict and wars that are happening--in other parts of the world, too, and I witnessed many after that. I became involved and traveled and done a lot of work, especially with young people. There is a very thin line, I believe now, between what is war and where does the hatred stop and kind of war in traditional military terms begin. I think what was happening in Sarajevo and in Bosnia in general was produ--war was used as an expression of political and other kind of goals that are very clouded in hatred, because one has to realize that we did live together for centuries and centuries. I'm not trying to romanticize and say it was all beautiful and great and all these people got along together and suddenly hatred came out of nowhere; that wouldn't be a fair portrayal, too. But it's also the fact that those people weren't going about killing each other every ten years. For fifty last years, ever since the World War II, Bosnia was a prosperous region. Sarajevo became one of the metropolises of Europe, probably one of the last truly multicultural centers with all those religions and cultures living together. We had Winter Olympics in 1984. So, those kind of things do not come out of hatred. Therefore, there is a clear evidence that the particular situation in the whole of former Yugoslavia, political and national leaders like Milošević and others have played a role in which the hatred became a fruitful soil to use violence. And then war really became the worst expression of that violence, in which a lot of people were then targeted because they were members of particular ethnic or religious groups. So, in that regard, there is a very--it's kind of blurry, that hatred caused the war. At the same time war, of course, perpetuates a lot more hatred. And what I witnessed for me--actually, I always say to people, really, one just particular day in war is really a whole hundred years in peace. It's a whole different dynamic. People behave, act differently. They are in different space. And then all of these distinctions that we have in normal life don't apply, actually.

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Beta tape




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