Sie stehen praktisch nebeneinander. Die orthodoxe Christ-Erlöser-Kathedrale und die Ferhadija-Moschee in Banja Luka. Beide sind Symbole, wie religiös aufgeladener Nationalismus zu Hass und Völkermord führt. Und wie lange Versöhnung dauert.
It was Sarajevo’s Golden Moment. The opening of the Olympic Winter Games in 1984 marked an era of prosperity and made the world take notice of this unique city so rich in culture and tolerance. Today, most sports sites are in ruins. Sarajevo photographer and artist Majda Turkić captured the melancholy of the memory of Sarajevo’s Golden Moment on Mount Trebević, site of the Olympic Bob Track, in a photo essay for Balkan Stories Blog.
Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, better known by her stage name Mother Teresa, is to be sanctified by the Catholic Church next year. Bojaxhiu’s popularity even among non-Catholics makes this a highly political move. One that does not withstand scrutiny.
Almost 200.000 Viennese were born in Ex-Yugoslavia or born to parents who were. That is around 10 per cent of the city’s population. Most of them live in working class neighborhoods. Like the one I live in. A photo essay.
Balkan Stories Blog has been out for a month now. As storytelling goes, it’s been an interesting month that brought about a suprise or two. Time for a first look back.
Why does a journalist from Vienna write about the Balkans and the people that live there in his spare time? An attempt to explain.