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Where Were You When

Where were you when…? We often have vivid memories of events we perceive as turning points, which made a strong and unforgettable impression on the people who witnessed them. We remember exactly where we were, what we were doing, what we thought. We want to uncover the diversity of personal experiences and perceptions of selected influential historical moments. From this variety of stories we create a mosaic of individual experiences and show how historical events effect people on the personal level. Add your own piece, get in touch with the Editors’ Team and ask yourself the question: which event do you remember clearly and “Where were you when”?

Where Were You When…the Bosnian War Began?

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Bosnian war. In April 1992, after the Bosnian parliament declared independence from what remained of former Yugoslavia, Serb forces began to siege the city of Sarajevo. The war soon spread across the country and lasted over three-and-a-half years and claimed more than 100 000 victims. We asked people from Bosnia and Serbia to share their memories about the beginning of the war. 

Where were you when… the troops of the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968?

The 27th anniversary of the beginning of the Velvet Revolution in then Czechoslovakia on 17 November 1998 brings back memories of a less peaceful uprising in 1968. Reconsidering the past, young Europeans have been asking to the people on Pragues streets: Where were you when the troops of the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia on 21 August 1968?

Where were you when…9/11 happened?

Today marks the fifteenth year since two planes were directed into the World Trade Center in New York City, starting the war on terror and marking a date has been a clear day-to-day change in history. 9/11. For the first time, this year junior year high schoolers will be taught about the act as a historical event that they weren’t yet alive to witness.

Where Were You When … Tito died?

Regardless of whether they were on their way in the city, at work, at home or hanging out with friends on the playground, the vast majority of the population of the former Yugoslavia still clearly remembers where they were, what they were doing and how they felt the moment they found out that Tito died.