Title

FBU-2021-01-31

Interviewer

Behidin Piric

Date of Interview

Winter 1-31-2021

Interview Location

Richmond,VA; St. Louis, MO

Length of Interview

21:32

Date of Birth

1995

Gender

Male

Religion and/or Ethnicity

None Given

Description

Elmir was born in Tinja Donja, outside Srebrenica, in 1995. His biological father was killed during the war and his remains have been located. He does not remember life in Bosnia before coming to the United States in 2002 with his mother, step-dad, and brother. He remembers they had nothing when they arrived and lived with an uncle in Richmond until his parents were able to save enough money for an apartment. He has a sister who was born in the U.S. He remembers being uncomfortable early on in school, but that he learned the language fairly quickly and made friends. He is a supervisor at a manufacturing plant where many Bosnians work. Older generations haven’t needed or wanted to learn English, and can survive without it. He is worried the younger generation will lose all connection to Bosnian culture. He goes back to Bosnia to visit his grandmother and some other family who moved back to the family home in Srebrenica.

Keywords

Srebrenica, School, Growing up in America, Language, Cultural Retention

Pre-War Residence

N/A

Wartime Residence

Tinja Donja

First Country of Residence

United States

First US Residence

Richmond,VA

Document Type

Oral History

Collection

Fontbonne University

Digital Format

MP3

Digital Publisher

Center for Bosnian Studies

City

Saint Louis

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