The song in the video is absolutely beautiful. Do you know the name of the song? (

Answer from a commenter: The song is called “Lili Marleen” and this particular recording is song by Lala Andersen. There is another version of it song by Marlene Dietrich, which was an immensely popular song among German soldiers during WWII. This little clip appears in fact in Kusturica’s movie called Underground. The song was known to be broadcasted very frequently from the Zagreb radio when Yugoslavia was under Nazi occupation (that is how it became popular in Yugoslavia).

President of former Yugoslavia. He used to be a member of the Communist party , but later fell out of the alliance with Stalin. Unlike the Eastern bloc aka Soviet blog, China, or Vietnam which functioned as Communist countries, Yugoslavia inclined toward Socialism. People with different ethnic background: Croatians, Bosnian Croats, and Bosniak, tee angers; young adults, adults, and the elders, educated and not educated seem to have many good and only few bad opinions about him. A few negatives things I heard about Tito was that he did not recognize Islam until much later; therefore Muslims in Bosnia had to declare as either Orthodox Serbs or Catholic Croats. The nation lists might not like Tito since he told people they were just one group regardless of religion and ethnic back rounds. Another negative thing he might have done was taking or buying (for cheap) lands owned by the Bosniaks and gave to non-Muslims (remember that I am just saying what I heard.) Still, a majority of Muslims I knew liked Tito.

And they have every reason to. Under Tito, Yugoslavia was a strong country. People had jobs, “during his time, my parents had a good life,” said a friend of mine. Even a religious Bosniak commented, “yes, if you speak strictly about economy, then we had a good life.” After his death, wars broke Yugoslavia into pieces literally and figuratively.

Coming from a Communist country and heard many discussions about Communist leaders, sarcastic at best and hateful at worst, Tito popularity is something so strange to me.

Main streets in Sarajevo and other cities are named after him: Mašala Tita.

Added July 10th, 2006

I rent a room in Budva from a Serbian (this was how he identified himself) who lived in Montenegro for 27 years. One of the first comments about the ex-Yugoslavia was how good it was during Tito’ time with freedom to travel everywhere (under communism, traveling was restricted) and good credit lines. So you see, despite the conflict among the Croats, Bosniaks, and Serbs, they tend to agree on one thing: Tito.

1892-1980

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