The aim of the project Unveiling personal memories on war and detention is to affirm personal memories of all interested witnesses of political events in Croatia and to preserve them from falling into oblivion.Read more
The methodology which Documenta – Centre for Dealing with the Past uses in collecting personal memories is partially grounded in the basic methodological principles of the oral history method. It has been used since 1948, when the oral history method was accepted in the scientific community as a technique of documenting history and it enables Documenta, as a human rights organization working on the process of dealing...Read more
The CroMe project is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Matra Programme: supporting social transition. The Matra programme supports countries in Southeast and Eastern Europe in the transition to a pluralist and democratic society, governed by the rule of law.Read more
Draženka Kosić was born in 1969 in Virovitica. She spent her childhood and youth with her parents in Slatina, before going to university in Zagreb. At the outbreak of the war in the 1990s she was a student in Zagreb. She occasionally went to Slatina to visit her parents. Her parents periodically suffered threats and intimidation; on one such occasion, explosives were planted that damaged their house. On 19th of February 1992, whilst she was in Zagreb, her father was taken away by persons wearing Croatian Army uniforms. They demanded a ransom for his safe return. Despite the ransom having been paid, her father was killed. At the time of the interview with Draženka Kosić, his remains had not yet been found. The perpetrators are known and they have been convicted at the Military Court in Osijek for murder and abduction, but they did not serve their sentences. In 1995 they were pardoned by the General Amnesty Law. In 2002 the family started an action against the Republic of Croatia for the perpetrators not having been punished. The proceedings ended in 2011 and they were awarded compensation for losing a family member. Draženka Kosić periodically comes across her father's murderer in the street in Slatina, someone who has never been punished for the crime he committed.
Family backgroundLife in YugoslaviaDeclaration of independenceBarricadesWar in SlatinaHouse demolitionObduction of fatherPolice treatementWar crime trialsSearching for the remainsThreatsMeeting her father killer on the streetState responsabilityExpectations from the Republic of CroatiaReign of criminalityProcess of dealing with the past