6 April: Remembering war in Sarajevo

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At Cafe Turco last week, a beautiful post. Some extracts more relevant to our topics here:

This week two historical dates were commemorated in Sarajevo: the day of the liberation of the city in the Second World War and the beginning of the siege of Sarajevo, in 1992.[…]

The commemoration of both wars was simultaneous not only because of the coincidence of dates, but also because of the coincidence of places: both the memorial park of Vraca and the Jewish Cemetery were used as launching pads from which the Serb forces targeted the city. The connection between both wars is also made through the invocation of anti-fascism. Such approach, while establishing a connection between both wars, also allows to identify the nature of the recent war as a new episode of the confrontation between fascism and anti-fascism, and thus ‘de-ethnicise it’. But such connection is far from being consensual, and reflects the ideological divide existent in Bosnian society. Not everyone views the communist regime only through the perspective of an heroic anti-fascist struggle. Thus not everyone who went to the Mezarija in Kovaci went also to the Vijecna Vatra, and only people affiliated with SDP, the social democratic party, went to Tito and Valter’s statues.[…]

We are speaking about living memory here. Those that are old enough have their own war experience to cope with, including, for the elderly population, the memory of both wars, and for the younger ones the legacy war is present both through their family’s history and through the lack of perspectives towards the future, a consequence of the social and political environment that emerged out of the war.[…]

Some people stopped and looked at the memorial plaque placed at the wall of the closest building, others did not stop, but through their face expressions and gestures acknowledged the meaning of this rather precarious, ephemeral. Like memory, and like life itself.

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  1. Flowers were also placed at the statue of Tito at the University campus where the JNA barracks used to be and at the bust of Vladimir Peric Valter a partisan who became a mythical figure in Sarajevo at the Vrbanja bridge in Grbavica where on the 6 of April 1992 two young women Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sucic were killed when Serb forces started shooting at a peace demonstation- the bridge was renamed after them at the Partisan memorial park of Vraca at the Old Jewish cemetery and at the monument dedicated to the children of Sarajevo who were killed during the siege..The commemoration of both wars was simultaneous not only because of the coincidence of dates but also because of the coincidence of places both the memorial park of Vraca and the Jewish Cemetery were used as launching pads from which the Serb forces targeted the city. The connection between both wars is also made through the invocation of anti-fascism. Such approach while establishing a connection between both wars also allows to identify the nature of the recent war as a new episode of the confrontation between fascism and anti-fascism and thus de-ethnicise it.

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