How do children experience war? And how do they remember it once they are grown up? What do they associate with keywords such as father, toys, friends or sports? Could childish naivety be a blessing? Andjela and Milena from Belgrade, Serbia discussed everyday life and their experiences during the bombing of Belgrade in 1999, at the age of six and twelve years. Listen to their conversation and find out about two very personal stories reflecting the bombing.
While the 1990s were a period of peace, prosperity and unification for most of the European countries, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia went down in flames. The national(ist) leaders of what would become six or seven (and counting) new Balkan countries and the international forces drew borders over the back of common people who are still trying to mend the scars of these conflicts. The confrontations in Croatia and Bosnia officially stopped in 1995. Still many historians see the NATO bombing of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999 as the real epilogue of the Yugoslav wars.
The bombing itself left scars that are still visible on the landscape of Belgrade and on the minds of a whole generation. As the life went on during the war, joys, fears and sorrows intermingled in the spirits of kids and adolescents.
During the online project “Children of War” in Berlin in August 2015 Andjela Bolta and Milena Tatalović from Belgrade, Serbia discussed everyday life and their experiences during the bombing at the age of six and twelve years. Listen to their conversation and find out about two very personal stories reflecting the bombing of Belgrade in 1999.
What do they associate with keywords such as father, toys, friends or sports? Does the road to healing lead across the bridge of forgetting? And could childish naivety be a blessing?
Andjela Bolta and Milena Tatalović both were Serbian children during the Yugoslav War in 1999. Due to their age gap, Andjela Bolta was six and Milena Tatalović twelve years old, and the distinct areas they lived in, they experienced the war quite differently. Ruth Allgäuer leads through their touching stories in this podcast, making visible both similarities and differences of their war experiences.