Date of Interview

Spring 3-31-2018

Interview Location

St. Louis, MO

Length of Interview


Date of Birth




Religion and/or Ethnicity



Born to Bosnian parents in St.Louis from Bosanski Petrovac on his father’s side and Tešanj on his mother’s side, grew up in the area of Affton where he attended school from PreK to graduating from Affton High School, Growing up had a sense of not belonging to any community or country, had more American friends then Bosnian, mother passed away to cancer while still young leaving his father as a single parent, Visited Bosnian periodical were he always felt welcome but did not fit in 100 percent, labeled as an American when in Bosnia, felt a pressure from father to succeed academically as his father and mother had sacrificed so much to bring him to the place he was now, Attended stem and eventually premed at Washington University in St. Louis until changing to archeology as it was more his passion, Experienced the struggle of growing up with a father who was traumatized, feels that same trauma has been transferred to him personal as he grow up with a father who was not always there but still in Bosnia and in the war in his mind, connected with Bosnian friends in experiences their parents shared and talking about it more real and more relevant, Experiences that he is not part of American or European culture 100 percent or that he is not equal but some sort of subhuman, experienced this when going to visit his girlfriend in Dublin there was a big conversation as to him being Muslim, girlfriends grandmother started having nightmares about how he was forcing her to wear the hijab against her will, Can see a reaction from people if he tells them he is Muslim and the reaction is not always positive, Struggles to find a community where he belongs and cannot say that he feels he has a homeland not even in Bosnia, Cannot see a way for Bosnia to come back until the perpetrators of genocide living in the country admit their crimes, future generations need to know that any type of discrimination based on religion, sex ,race or creed is wrong and should be outlawed


Bosanski Petrovac, Affton, Identify, Islamophobia, Tešanj

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Wartime Residence


First Country of Residence


First US Residence


Document Type

Oral History


Fontbonne University

Digital Format


Digital Publisher

Center for Bosnian Studies


Saint Louis

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