For no reason whatsoever, I started to watch some old war movies… No, not the kind that you think. I watched some old Yugoslavian war movies. Interestingly enough they made a stronger impression on me now than way back then… Maybe because now I can actually understand what happened, how it happened and what people had to go through to survive.

Sutjeska Battle

Sutjeska Battle

I thought about our President Tito. He was our Commander (I am Serbian). He was the one who succeeded in uniting all the nations that were living together in the former Yugoslavia. Never before did we have such harmony and prosperity in our country.  It was because of his strong personality that we were united in the fight against Hitler and Nazi Germany.

Belgrade - 1941

Hitler bombed Belgrade on April 6th, 1941 and by July 7th we, with Tito as our leader, organized and started the revolution against Nazi Germany. It took us 4 years but we got rid of Germans and without help from anyone.

Tito & Dr. Ivan Ribar - 1943

Tito & Dr. Ivan Ribar - 1943

Belgrade bombed by NATO

Belgrade bombed by NATO

Come to think about it, Hitler was the one who bombed Belgrade in 1941 and then, 58 years later Belgrade was bombed again by NATO forces. It wasn’t that much different than when Nazi Germany and Hitler did it. Only this time it was a cowardly act, high from the sky and without any deployment of troops. NATO knew they couldn’t survive long against these crazy Balkan people on their land, I guess. They were also hiding their planes in Aviano – Italy. Even so, we managed to shoot down one of the stealth fighters, probably with a larger rifle or a portable rocket launcher. The newspaper article explained: We didn’t know it was supposed to be invisible…

Stealth Fighter shot by Serbs

I spent my best years, as a student in the 70’s and 80’s in Belgrade and I remember many great moments. I can see it in my mind, like it was yesterday, the “open all night” – ‘Last Chance’ Cafe. Or Skadarlia Street with it’s Boheme Night Life…

Belgrade at night

Belgrade at night

There are a lot of great places today in Belgrade but they don’t feel like how they did in those days. It was changing slowly since Tito died and after NATO bombing it became a different city. City with some trapped old timers and some new generations…

I miss the Belgrade that once was.

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