Date of Interview


Interview Location

St. Louis, MO

Length of Interview


Date of Birth




Religion and/or Ethnicity



Earliest memories are those of growing up in his birth city of Prijedor, Lived in a duplex with his father, mother and both grandparents while on the floor above lived his aunt and uncle, Area was peaceful and parents had friends that were Serbians, Croat and Muslim, Remembers playing outside all the time with all the children from the neighborhood in peace and without any problems, Celebrated Christmas and Eid and Ramadan, Noticed changes first on radio messages that was directed at all Muslims to bring any weapons of army supplies to the police station, Remembers another announcement stating that all Muslim must have a white flag on hanging on their home and facing the street, Say one day heavily armed men traveling out of the city with one solider having a large rifle with a bayonet and on that bayonet was the body of a baby, Lived in fear and would not speak for days at a time, Survived by traveling with his mother to get food from around the city and from friends, Soldiers were roaming around the city knocking on houses searching for weapons and anything else that they thought was forbidden, They would execute people if you would try to hide, First convoy leaving Prijedor was ambushed and around 600 people killed, Mother and himself on second convoy and after passing through various checkpoints made it to Croatia, Lived with Great Aunt in Zagreb while awaiting paperwork to travel to Germany, After waiting every day from 4 AM to 8 PM at the German embassy in Zagreb paperwork finally approved, Traveled to Germany where they met up with his father and stayed there until April of 1998 when they came to the United States on the 28th of April


Prijedor, Trnopolje, Prijedor Massacre, Shelling, Bus Convoys, Croatia, Germany

Pre-War Residence


Wartime Residence

Prijedor, Germany

First Country of Residence


First US Residence

St. Louis, MO

Document Type

Oral History


Affton High School

Digital Format


Digital Publisher

Center for Bosnian Studies


St. Louis, MO

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