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THREAD Re. today's expected flood of "Dear #Tito" tweets:
#OTD 25 May, is birth anniversary of former #Yugoslavia leader Josip Broz Tito. Many call it his #birthday although he has been dead for 43 yrs. I do not wish to rain on their parade, merely offer my own and my family's /2 ImageImage
THREAD to clarify, question in a PM: we were a normal & pretty ordinary non-Communist family. Not (openly) anti-Communist but not collaborating with the regime in any political capacitiy. Both my grandfathers were opposed to the idea of #Yugoslavia - they realized it may have /2 ImageImageImageImage
2/ been as a noble idea but was compromised by Greater #Serbian intentions to rule without allowing for any self-expression or federalism. My paternal grandfather (pic 4), whom I barely remember, he died when I was 6, used to say “both Yugoslavias [Kingdom proclaimed in 1918 & /3
3/ 1945 Republic] were created by kick in the arse & that’s how they’ll end”. Other grandpa spent 8 yrs in #Austria-#Hungary #Navy (1910-1918, pic 1), then by a twist of fate fought for #Slovenia northern border (then #Carinthia Slovenes in 1919 plebiscite voted to join Austria/4
4/ As #WWII started in he was drafted, aged 49 (p.2). His eldest son joined #Partisan at 17 (pic.3) & fought till #Trieste in 1945. They fought for #freedom not Yugoslavia but had to endure it, and #Communism - the latter much more difficult. So memories& emotions are mixed. END
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četnik ti je pravi džiber,
prosvjeduje Stjepan Šiber".)
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THREAD In 1995 after #Oluja I reported from #Bosnia on #Serb refugees fleeing #Croatia.
A guy, 25 driving a tractor loaded w/ women & children shouts: “Hey, jounalist, remember me?” I didn’t. “In July 91 [after Struga massacre] you told my commander ‘your parastate [#Krajina] /2
2/ can’t exist, you should find a way to reconcile with #Croatia, it is your country'. They kept telling us we’ll never lose, that Serbia is behind us, but as time went on I oft thought about your words. I sensed you were right & we were headed for our own destruction”. Then & /3
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2/ u progonu najgore vrste, protiv ljudi, samo zato što su oni bili Hrvati, a ne Srbi. Nevini ljudi su bili proganjani, nevini ljudi su nasilno istjerani iz svojih kuća i nevini ljudi su ubijani. Čak i nakon što sam saznao što se dogodilo šutio sam o tome. Još gore, nastavio /3
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3/ So begin lies, manipulations & exploitation of good intentions for selfish means. The only politician with a vision who could turn that mess into a sort-of-modern state is assassinated in parliament, precisely for calling to stop endless retelling of myths & move forward /4
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THREAD As I have my #Bosnia #War diaries out & it's 28 years from 1st #UnitedNations food convoy into #Srebrenica, 6 months under siege:
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