How we survived Communism and Even Laughed

Registered by wingpenelopewanderswing of Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on 11/1/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingpenelopewanderswing from Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Friday, November 01, 2019
Given to me by a friend in Belgium.

Journal Entry 2 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Lasne, Brabant Wallon / Waals-Brabant Belgium on Thursday, November 07, 2019
A friend gave me this when I visiting her in Belgium last week. I was not familiar with the author, but it looked to be something well worth reading. Having read it, I do feel it was. I spent some time in Yugoslavia when Tito was still alive, and also spent quite a bit of time elsewhere with some expat Yugoslavs who were very proud of their country and all it was achieving.
Among many impressions and thoughts provoked by the book, I am moved by the image of the divisions between the different religions and groups that were not healed during the years of communism, but that as soon as the structure was removed, they split open again.
Likewise, the author's talk in New York, begun by holding up a tampon and a sanitary pad and explaining that this was why communism couldn't last - these most basic needs were not met.
I also found interesting and identified with the ambivalence of Western left wingers when confronted with the result of their ideals, and how what would tend to the right in one perspective is seen as leftist in others.
The Eastern European feminists being denounced by Western feminists for wearing high heels and make up, and then being ostracized and persecuted at home in Eastern Europe for their brand of "Western" feminism...
Also the reflection on when a war begins... So often, when discussing WWII our 20/20 hindsight makes people scoff that the Germans/Jews/etc/etc didn't read the writing on the wall and get out before it was too late - but how do you know, as Drakulić points out - when do you know for sure that no, this will not be over in a day or two and it's time to start stocking up on - salt?
A very thought-provoking read.

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