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Teaching Respect for Differences, Part 1

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Teaching Respect for Differences, Part 1


Genocide -- Study and teaching.


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: 4111F


video / mp4




Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata


Nelson, Jane


Jacevic, Miki


My grandmother really was--and still is, even though she's not alive anymore--she's really my mentor and guide and teacher. And she was really--and that's why I think it';s really importance of situations like this of post-violence and post-conflict, is to look up to those people in our communities who can embody that tolerance and respect for others. Especially, as I say, it's mostly people of different ethnic groups and ethnic origins. And she was just a typical--typical Eastern European lady living in Sarajevo for her whole entire life. She was born in 1905, so pretty much remembered the whole century and all the struggles that we went through, starting with the Great War, then the World War II and everything that has happened. So she witnessed it all, and throughout it all she really took everything that was going on on the outside as great learning lessons for her internally. And that's how she really educated my mom and then grandchildren: in respect and love for differences. And she would always endorse those differences in terms of that in my family, we had both--I mean, Muslims and Serbs and Croats, Catholic Croats, and Jews, and all different groups of people. And she would always nourish those differences in terms of that she would recognize them. It wasn't that--unlike some people in the parts of communist Yugoslavia, she didn't try to cover them up and negate them. She didn't try to sell the ideology of "we are all equal, therefore it doesn't matter where you come from." She very much respected where you came from, but at the same time, she also made you feel welcome because of those differences. And in a sense, she was the greatest teacher for all of us, in terms that we were able to be around her and live with her and extend that great family of diversity and differences, yet always remember who we are.

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