Title

FBU-2016-04-19

Date of Interview

Spring 4-19-2016

Interview Location

St. Louis, MO

Length of Interview

43:24

Date of Birth

1995

Gender

Female

Religion and/or Ethnicity

Orthodox

Description

She was born in 1995 to Serbian parents in Novi Sad, Serbia and lived in the village of Beška for eight years. Her father is from the town of Džepi, and her mother is from Boracko Jezero outside of Sarajevo. They both fled to Serbia in 1994. She recalls the 1999 NATO bombing of Belgrade and remembers leaflets airdropped and the bed shaking. The family went to Višegrad back in Bosnia to escape the bombing. The family then moved to Lancaster, PA, where there was a small community. She remembers being called a Chetnik by Bosnian Muslims in school. She expressed having a strong interest in her culture and would travel to go to Sunday School and Serb Summer Camp. They attended a Greek Orthodox church in Lancaster as there was no Serb Church. She began getting involved in humanitarian aid in high school. The NATO bombing has not impacted her feelings about being American. Her mother and several family members struggle with PTSD, and she remains vigilant as not to trigger them. Her goal is to influence people not to see Serbs as murderers.

Keywords

Novi Sad, Beška, Džepi, Boračko Jezero, Konjic, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Chicago, 1999 NATO Bombing, PTSD, transgenerational trauma

Pre-War Residence

N/A

Wartime Residence

N/A

First Country of Residence

Serbia

First US Residence

Lancaster,PA

Document Type

Oral History

Collection

Fontbonne University

Digital Format

MP3

Digital Publisher

Center for Bosnian Studies

City

Saint Louis

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