Monday, March 9, 2015
The former Yugoslavia was, for me, the only communist country that I actually enjoyed going to. It's major entities, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzogovina spoke the same language; didn't attend their respective Houses of Worship, except on high holidays, in the same way; teased each other, affectionally, about the foibles of their different groups. No Yugoslav ever let his job, working for the Government, interfere with his real work so there was an abundance of everything, at least compared to the other Eastern bloc countries I visited. Things rapidly deteriorated, after the death of Tito, as demogogues seized on nationalism as a way to grab power for themselves.