Bonka Davico with her great-grandson Stevan Divljan

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  • Photo taken in:
    Vienna
    Year when photo was taken:
    2002
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria
    Country name today:
    Austria

I and my great-grandson Stevan Divljan in their garden in Vienna in 2002.

My granddaughter Dina married Vlada Divljan, a famous musician and lived in Belgrade.

My daughter left for Vienna on business just about the time the bombing was about to begin (Editor’s note: the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in March 1999).

We had a house in Vienna about which something had to be arranged. -She called and said, mama, leave for Vienna immediately, there’s going to be a bombing.

I didn’t believe, I didn’t know. She called again, I wasn’t packed, she ordered my granddaughter and me, we packed on Tuesday and left for Vienna on Wednesday.

I left with a small suitcase. So I went into exile twice the same way.

We arrived in Vienna around 7 o’clock, my daughter welcomed us most adorably, and at 9 o’clock I saw Belgrade was being bombed. It was awful, I couldn’t believe it.

And so we stayed in Vienna. After the bombing I went back and my daughter stayed, because it was very difficult under Milosevic’s rule.

My granddaughter also stayed in Vienna with her husband, as they couldn’t find work in Belgrade and there she gave birth to two children.

I have two great-grandchildren. One’s name is Stevan and the other’s Pavle.

Interview details

Interviewee: bonka Davico
Interviewer:
Ida Haider-Labudovic
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2002
Belgrade, Serbia

KEY PERSON

Stevan Divljan
Year of birth:
1999
City of birth:
Vienna
Country name at time of birth:
Austria

Other Person

bonka Davico
Year of birth:
1920
Decade of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Sarajevo
Country name at time of birth:
Yugoslavia
Occupation
after WW II:
Translator
  • Previous family name: 
    Davico
    Year of changing: 
    1940
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1920

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Ida Haider-Labudovic

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