Bojan Djuricic, a teacher in Toronto, opened the interview with a political discussion concerning the future of the Balkans if they joined the European Union (Djuricic, audio interview, 2012).
Djuricic's yearly return to the former Yugoslavia includes a trip to his family cottage in a coastal fishing village in Croatia. In this interview, he describes the yearly trip as completely different from his childhood memories. He recalls memories of what he learned and notes that it was a magical place where his grandparents were friends with the local fishermen, bought local wine, food, and enjoyed friendships. After the war, it was not easy to resettle as a summer resident. He says,
The cottage has been in my family since my grandfather’s day. It was ransacked during the war. We restored the building but left the swastika graffiti on the outside wall because it is part of the history of the building. We have break-ins while the house next door that has been empty for 10 years, is left alone. We will never return full time to the Balkans because in another decade we predict there will be fighting again. I do not want my daughter to grow up with war. Knowing that there will be war again, I cannot put my family through it. (2012)
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