May 15, 1991 |
The Russian Revolution (circa 1917) and the brewing Yugoslavian Revolution (circa 1991) now have one thing in common: Omar Sharif. He made his name in a film about the Russian affair and he may have arrived here just in time for the outbreak of the Yugoslavian version. Some say the trouble may start today. Some say by the end of the week. Some say in a few weeks. And - if civil war does tear Yugoslavia apart - there won't be a director around to holler "cut" when dinnertime rolls around.
May 4, 1995 |
Serb-launched bombs slammed again yesterday into this stunned capital city, leaving a trail of blood, shattered glass and panic and sending diplomats scrambling to avert a full-scale war. One policeman was killed as he tried to deactivate a bomb that landed in the courtyard of a children's hospital. Forty-four civilians were injured, many of them dancers from the Vienna-based Danube Ballet Company, in other explosions that rocked a ballet studio next to the National Theater. Hours after the attacks, U.N. special envoy Yasushi Akashi announced that the rebel Croatian Serbs had agreed to a truce, effective 4 p.m. yesterday.
August 22, 1995 |
Winning a grant to arrange performances in Zagreb may sound like copping fourth prize, but to composer David Hahn it is a chance to build musical bridges. Hahn, a Philadelphia native now living and teaching in Seattle, left last week for the Croatian capital of Zagreb to prepare concerts of his music with local musicians. He is a winner of an ArtsLink Collaborative Grant designed to bring American musicians together with artists from Eastern Europe and Russia. "Actually, I've spent several summers there," Hahn said.
September 27, 1991 |
On the very day that 15-year-old Marina Sprajc headed back to Yugoslavia, a bomb blast ripped through the Jewish community center in her native Zagreb. The explosion last month shook Zagreb's small but resilient Jewish population. A tremor also was felt as far away as Cherry Hill and Voorhees, where Sprajc and seven other Jewish teenagers had just spent an idyllic suburban summer as guests of local Jewish families. Sprajc is back in South Jersey, joined by a dozen other teenagers from Zagreb, the capital of the Croatian republic.
September 16, 2012 |
Jadranka Fischer, 65, of Devon, who worked to increase awareness of the war in her native Croatia during the 1990s and raised money to support about 10 Croatian children orphaned during the war, died of lung cancer Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Paoli Hospital. Mrs. Fischer was the wife of Raoul Fischer, a retired marketing executive with Unisys Corp. in Blue Bell. In 1992, an exhibition of photographs from the Croatian war organized by Mrs. Fischer was displayed in Washington and Philadelphia, her husband said.
September 25, 1991 |
In a well-meaning op-ed piece for the New York Times, Balkans specialist Robert Kaplan suggests Pope John Paul II has a role to play in Yugoslavia. Perish the thought. Flight time from Vatican City to Zagreb is no more than it is from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, but the most logical papal imperative for the current internecine strife in Yugoslavia can be stated in just two words. Stay away. If the pope must indulge his voracious yen for travel and practice his particular brand of statesmanship at the same time, he could fly down to Baghdad and try talking some sense into Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein.
October 27, 1991 |
Damir Vandelic should be at home, finishing his last year of college. Instead, for 47 days, the mechanical-engineering student has been a prisoner of war, held by the ethnic Serbian territorial forces here. His only contact with the outside world was one telephone call a month ago to his fiancee. He wept last week as he recalled her voice. "This is really and truly a confused situation," said Vandelic, a 23- year-old Croat. "I was the best student at the university last year, but I can't understand this war. We have the same language, we have similar culture.
September 23, 1991 |
The opposing sides in Yugoslavia's civil war agreed to yet another cease- fire yesterday, but the effort was marred by continuing reports of scattered violence around Croatia, where more than 500 people have been killed in the last three months. Fighting continued right up until the start of the cease-fire, at 3 p.m. local time, and each side accused the other of violations afterward. Yet there was a glimmer of hope the cease-fire might hold even though several earlier ones had failed.
May 14, 1992 |
When Mirna Herman recently called her father in Croatia, she could barely hear his voice. The bombs were too loud. Separated for months from family and friends in her home town of Osijek, Herman, 15, had been trying to get through for two days. She was calling from her temporary home in Moorestown, where she has been living in secure, comfortable surroundings with a host family, far from the dangers of her country's civil war. In a few weeks, Mirna Herman and more than 20 other Croatian students who have been living with families in South Jersey since last fall will leave behind the American teenage world of classes and proms and shopping malls.
May 13, 1998 |
Martin L. Dryer, 51, a South Jersey business consultant who helped arrange for more than 30 Croatian teenagers to come and stay in the Cherry Hill area at the height of the civil war in Yugoslavia, died Monday at his Gloucester Township home. The cause of death is undetermined pending the completion of an investigation by the Camden County Medical Examiner's Office. Born in London, he lived in Cherry Hill before moving to Gloucester Township a year and a half ago. Mr. Dryer worked in management for casinos in London from 1973 to 1978 and then in Atlantic City from 1978 until 1986.