Good People in an Evil Time Portraits of Complicity and


Good People in an Evil Time Portraits of Complicity and Resistance in the Bosnian War 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 ťažítko na hárku papiera od myšlienky nenávisti k činom vojny je vzdialenosť strašidelne krátka od snahy o porozumenie inakosti k stereotypu o človeku národa či náboženstva podobne odviesť sa 9hodín vlakom smerom k hlasnej dychovke a tichým ešte zničeným domom alebo sa aspoň ponoriť do príbehov ľudí tam? ťažítko z mramoru v odtieňoch dobra a zla na hárku papiera Později jsem se dovědela že to byl Mile Plakalović slavný Srb který během obležení Sarajeva převážel lidi po městě bezplatně sbíral i raněné a zbité a odvážal je do nemocnice Pokaždé kdy mě uviděl tak mě svezl aniž by se někdy zeptal jak se jmenuju Někdy mě vzal do pekárny Vždycky mi dal celý teplý chléb Nikdy nezapomenu vuni teplého chleba kterým jsem si v zimě hřála tváře Serafina Lukić okt1988 Chilling collection of stories Accounts rotate between Serb Croat and Bosniak Muslim perspectives Interestingly the editor of this book Svetlana Broz is the granddaughter of Marshall Tito She clearly believes in the concept of a Yugoslav an identity that transcends any of the other national identities The first hand stories give credence to the argument that this Balkan republic was not destined for bitter ethnic conflict Neighbors were neighborly regardless and often unbeknownst of one's background Worth reading for anyone interested in this region I belong to the generation that during adolescence watched Yugoslavia civil wars by television and saw many news about massacres destruction and genocide that made me think that that former Yugoslavs were a bunch of savagesFortunately this book gives a totally different view about the war It was writen by the granddaughter of Marshall Tito that ruled Yugoslavia from 1945 to 1980 After the war as a doctor of the Sarajevo Hospital she travelled trough Bosnia and Hercegovina to interview persons that needed to tell their stories and the stories about the brave man and women that saved them and were ignored by the media that were only interested in broadcasting assassinations mass graves and genocidesThis book is the result of those interviews in first hand It tells the stories of people that puting their life at risk decided to save them regardless of their ethnic background from the hands of the assassins that slaughtered raped and stole people because they had a different religionethnic backgroundThis is one of those rare books that makes you believe in humanity and one of the few ones that I read again from time to time to remenber that despite all the evil outside there are things ans persons that are worthy to fight for I strongly recomend it to anyone specially the ones that want to know about the Balkans and Yugoslavia

  • Paperback
  • 584 pages
  • Good People in an Evil Time Portraits of Complicity and Resistance in the Bosnian War
  • Svetlana Broz
  • English
  • 06 August 2014
  • 9781590511961

About the Author: Svetlana Broz

wwwworldscientificcomsg2004 – Good People in an Evil Time translated by Ellen Elias Bursac is published by Other Press NY USA


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