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What thousands and millions of recollections there must be in us! And every
now and then one of them becomes known to us; and it shows us what spiritual
depths are growing in us, what mines of memory.
Bosnian Memory Paths is a book of stories available online. It is a collection of voices and stories gathered among those, who in order to survive the war in Bosnia and Hercegovina had to flee from their country. Looking for a new place to live, they became refugees. Thus began the next great struggle of their lives: the search of a new identity. The documentation helps you understand the situation of those European internal emigrants. The 19 recorded sessions give you a unique opportunity to listen to them sharing stories concering their lives and ideas about identity, the Balkan tradition and their new home country.
The voices were selected according to a key of different national and religious backgrounds and also current place of living. By now, 19 interviews were conducted in six European countries: Great Britain, France, Germany, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey.. This diversity helps to understand the influence of different immigration contexts on identity-construction and everyday life of the immigrants.
Half a year of field work was done in 2010 by an international group of five young researchers, each with a strong interest in the Balkans. They were asking young people who were born and/or spend parts of their childhood in Bosnia and Herzegovina about their memories from BiH - family, places, important people and events, and the way they live today. How do they relate to the past, especially to the war period? Which path did their memory take?
The project is a part of the Geschichtswerkstatt Europa (History Workshop Europe) program, funded by the German public foundation Erinnerung, Verantwortung, Zukunft (Remembrance, Responsibility and Future) which promotes critical examination of the European history.