Sarajevo residents dash across an intersection under
fire from a Serb sniper during the siege of the city, Sarajevo, Bosnia
and Herzegovina, April 1993.
SURVIVAL IN AUSCHWITZ-SURVIVAL IN SARAJEVO
Although sometimes, living in Sarajevo during the war, we did run
the streets like chased wild animals, we had some sort of dignity,
and we used to keep each other's company. We felt like people. I can
say that we were people with spirit, people who wanted to fight for
their freedom in spite of impossible conditions.
The people in Auschwitz were walking shadows, which were moving around
according to instinct, for they wanted to survive. It is very difficult
to say how successful they actually were, because those were terrible
conditions, which did not make possible any form of progress. We were
only numbers, people with no name. Our future differed from man to
man, and it depended upon our own capacities. These were the power
of the body and the power of the soul. From the early morning till
the late night everything there was intended to destroy, first the
spirit, then the body of a man.
Retired Professor of Architecture/Auschwitz survivor
Excerpt From: Sarajevo survivor testimonies from
OPSADA (The Siege) by FAMA International