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1941: The Year That Keeps Returning

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A New York Review Books Original

The distinguished Croatian journalist and publisher Slavko Goldstein says, “Writing this book about my family, I have tried not to separate what happened to us from the fates of many other people and of an entire country.” 1941: The Year That Keeps Returning is Goldstein’s astonishing historical memoir of that fateful year—when the Ustasha,
Hardcover, 622 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by New York Review Books (first published March 1st 2007)
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a fantastic history of 1941 in and around zagreb. slavko is 13 when his dad is taken away by the ustasha, never to be seen again. then his mom gets arrested, so neighbors and friends take care of him and his little brother. then mom is finally sprung and they quickly boogie over to the italian zone of yugoslavia, and shortly thereafter all three join the partisans. though goldstein is a progressive his history seems very even handed and analyzes both sides for their inhumanity.
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Jakey Gee

An engaging combination of the autobiographical and personal with the historic, and a must-read for the Yugo-watcher and Balkanophile. It's scrupulously balanced and fair, in a context where there is famously little balance on offer. He is - evidently - a good man.

Reading this, twenty years from 1991-1995, you also soon realise how little time, really, had elapsed between 1941-1945 and that next flare-up, giving it all a feeling of terrible inevitability (though it needn't have been inevitable,
Wf Munn
A valuable contribution to understanding the Balkan Holocaust and Nazi collaboration in Croatia.
Gail Hedlund
Overall this book was good. I sometimes got lost in facts & figures. Facts & figures are important, but not when the people those facts & figures represent "get lost". I thoroughly enjoyed when the author told about his family & friends struggle to survive. People I can see in my mind & the places they lived or were held captive.
I also enjoyed how he linked what was going on then with the present day world. I whole-heartedly believe that if we fail to remember the past AND LE
If you have an interest in what happened to Croatia right before, during, and right after WWII, I recommend this book. I would have liked more discussion about the Serbian experience in Lika-Senj County, but I enjoyed the discussion of what the different ethnic groups went through. This book is a good reminder that people can do horrible things, that ideals and power need to be checked, and that--sadly--innocent people often suffer because of others' actions.
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