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Communist Yugoslavia was a major tourist destination for tourists from Western Europe and the US. Here is an extract from amateur footage shot by a British family from the North of England visiting the Adriatic coast in 1960.

Did you or your family spend your holiday in Yugoslavia? We'd love to hear from you. Share your memories.

Converted from 16 mm film.

U bivšoj Jugoslaviji 1978 godine 

 

 

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A rare Kodachrome film, 1978.

 

Communist Yugoslavia was a major tourist destination for tourists from Western Europe and the US. Here is an extract from amateur footage shot by British tourists who were visiting the Adriatic coast in the summer of 1978.

Did you or your family spend your holiday in Yugoslavia? We'd love to hear from you. Share your memories.

Converted from 8 mm film.

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U bivšoj Jugoslaviji 1978 godine 

This Kodachrome film is just a beautiful and non-political piece of history. More on the seemingly still open question whether Yugoslavia was a Communist society despite its relatively open borders, was it dogmatic...did it ever try do deal with events of the recent past, like Bleiburg or the fate of its ethnic Germans, Istria, is available on: 

Tito in Moscow 1972

Communist Nostalgia

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Letter Home 1915

A moving document from another era. A German soldier writes back home from occupied Serbia, 1915. Passed by the military censor.

In which Emir Kusturica movie does this Serbian spa feature?!

What else was Banja Koviljača remarkable for during the Cold War?

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Yugoslavia on Kodachrome

A rare Kodachrome film for Pan Am Airways, 1964.

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Yugoslavia was the only Communist-controlled country in today's Eastern Europe Pan Am flew to during the Cold War – showing how important the country was at that time.

A cultural icon of the XX Century, Pan American World Airways, or Pan Am, was the largest international air carrier in the US from 1927 until its collapse its 1991.

Pan-Am is remembered by many for its routes to divided Berlin - Tempelhof and Tegel.

Did you fly on Pan Am to Yugoslavia or West Berlin? Did you visit Yugoslavia's Adriatic coast, or perhaps Ohrid?

Share your memories.

Converted from 16 mm film.

All rights to use purchased.

This Kodachrome film is just a beautiful and non-political piece of history. More on the seemingly still open question whether Yugoslavia was a Communist society despite its relatively open borders, was it dogmatic...did it ever try do deal with events of the recent past, like Bleiburg or the fate of its ethnic Germans, Istria... is available on: 

Tito in Moscow 1972

Communist Nostalgia

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These pictures were taken right at the end of the Bosnian War. The UN peacekeepers from Ukraine were preparing to return home to their newly independent country. During the war they provided vital services to keep Sarajevo going - here we see the damage to the city through their eyes. A flying visit also to Vukovar on the Danube, where the war for Yugoslavia's succession started in 1991.

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Photography © Oleksandr Klymenko

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When the Bosnian War started in 1992 among the first international troops to arrive were the blue helmets from Ukraine. The soldiers provided vital help in and around Sarajevo - from bread and water to fuel. They brought with them their own worries from a newly independent country, perhaps they had an insight into this conflict like nobody else? The Ukrainian photographer Oleksandr Klymenko documented their mission.

Do you remember the Ukrainian soldiers in Bosnia?

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Photography: © Oleksandr Klymenko

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An indicted war criminal, Ratko Mladic was arrested on 26 May 2011 and transferred to The Hague Tribunal. The first hearing took place on 3 June 2011.

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Корреспондент Радио Свобода Ирина Лагунина впервые после войны вернулась в боснийскую столицу.

"Время и мир", Радио Свобода

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The burning of a library

The targetting and burning of a library.

The Sarajevo Library, the Vijećnica, was destroyed by incendiary bombs thrown from Serb positions on the hills above the city.

Completed in 1896, the library held 1.5 million volumes and over 155,000 rare books and manuscripts.

On August 25 and 26 1992, Serbian shelling caused the complete destruction of the library. Among the losses were about 700 manuscripts and a unique collection of Bosnian 19th century publications. Librarians and volunteers from the city tried to save some books while they were under sniper fire.  

The building was restored and reopened in May 2014. It is now a national monument.

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