A new voice on “blogosphere”: “I was only 12 yrs old when the Revolutions of 1989 took place and the collapse of communism began in Eastern Europe. The fall of the Berlin wall, the breakup of many Baltic States and the inevitable disintegration of Yugoslavia. The world was changing and there was new hope for Croats … ”
The night the Berlin Wall collapsed was certainly one of the most dramatic moments in 1989 and in history. The flame of Communism in Europe was beginning to extinguish, and this held true for the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRJ). In 1990, the Communist party lost to nationalist HDZ led Franjo Tudjman, in its first free election in more than 50 years. A few months later, Croatia declares independence. At 12 years old, I knew I was witnessing history.
Far away from Croatia, in a small city in Canada, I was selfishly thrilled that my teachers and peers at school would finally understand me when I said I was Croatian and why all these years I vehemently denied I was Yugoslavian. At last, there would be no pressure of persuading me to change my beloved ‘šahovnica ’ to a ‘petokraka ’ because of the “Croatia doesn’t…
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