Sunday, November 19, 2006

Feedback on Crucible of War

Welcome to the new feedback page for Crucible of War. If you have already seen our documentary film or visited our website, this is the place to tell us what you think. Please limit comments here only to feedback for us on the film or website. If you want to share your own thoughts on or experiences in the Balkans, please do so at our Share Your Story page.

We originally received many comments between 2000 and 2006 on the feedback page on our website. We have transferred that function over to this blog. This is why you see the first 20 postings all with a November 19 or 25, 2006 date -- we brought those comments over to this blog, but could not bring the original posting dates with them.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I looked at your site and I like what you're doing. To be perfectly honest, I always look at sites with a Balkan theme with a good deal of suspicion, trying to figure out what the catch is --whose interest is being served, what distortions are present -- and for that reason I particularly commend you for the "Creative Team" portion that indicates who you all are, and for the highly diverse set of Web links.

Since every site has to have a perspective, making clear where people are coming from is a service to readers.

-Steven Sowards, Main Library Reference, University of Michigan
Email: sowards@pilot.msu.edu

Anonymous said...

The website looks great. Easy to browse through. I loved the journals.

Anonymous said...

This site is really great. Thanks so much for helping all of us working on peace projects in former Yugoslavia.
-Frank Klein, Mladi Most

Anonymous said...

The web page is fabulous! It's professional,creative, and VERY informative. I enjoyed reading the journal entries and teaching suggestions. I hope there will be an opportunity to ask my class to use the information this semester. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your site and am still reading through it. It's the first application of this technology towards providing an enlightened perspective on political realities I've seen. I congratulate you and am very inspired by the fact that you are recent students and teaching yourself the process of digital filmmaking and Web design towards this objective.
--Marce Pollan

Anonymous said...

Thank you for providing a source for personal points of view. Now that the "war" has "ended", coverage focuses more on politics and history, and not on the individual lives deeply affected by years of trauma and suffering.

Anonymous said...

Hi guys. Your website is looking better and better, I am really impressed - svaka cast! Its very easy to follow and get to where you want to go. Just wanted to say you're doing a great job keeping people informed about whats going on here. Keep going!
-Amy Gopp

Anonymous said...

i think that your web site is one of the most true and factual websites that I have read about Zagreb. All of the facts are true no matter who is against it and I commend you on giving the true facts about what happened
- Paul, Australia

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for your work. I find the timeline excellent.
- Adriana, La Mesa Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM

Anonymous said...

I think its great yall are encouraging people to write thier stories . It really does help to write about it and get it out.
- Candice

Anonymous said...

Hello, I only would like to leave a short "Hello"! I like this website here! Really overwhelming!
-Hanna, Germany

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled upon your website as I was searching for ways I can help the situation in Sarajevo. I had studied a bit of Eastern European politics in college and found myself reading more and more books on Sarajevo. So last summer I decided I wanted to visit. I arrived back home September 14, I went by myself and had the most wonderful time. But there was something there...., something that I can't descibe to any of my friends or co workers, something like.....a soul. I have to go back. I am a social worker here in the States and I feel like I should be using my knowledge in Sarajevo. Anyway, I want to help and I am planning on moving there in February 2003.......Do you know of anything I can do? Or at least point me in the right direction. Thank you for any help you can give me. (Moderator's Note: Originally posted Jun 23, 2003)
--Krista Reichwein
Email: KReichwe@co.jefferson.co.us

Anonymous said...

Very rarely do you find unbiased sites or somewhat neutral. I hope or would like to have the editors be aware of my Humanitarian Project, called "Bicikiljada za Mir"... The Annual Serbian Cycling Challenge that raises money and publicity about the perilous plight of the Orthodox Diocese of Raska/Prizren of Kosovo. The ride begins in Petrinje, Republika Srpska Krajina and finishes at Presevo, Serbia. This will always be an appeal to gather publicity and raising of funds for the Orthodox Diocese. A rider from the United States, an American born Serb, rides individually for twelve days, covering 1000km. The only support is what he carries on his back and bike. Last year, was nearly mugged by two Serbs, attacked by 3 Albanians in Kosovo, almost run out of a bosnian muslim town for stopping to have lunch at a burnt out Serbian Church. Bosnian muslim nearly wiped out the rider in a head-on collision. Some of the perils involved with riding the course. All in all, worth every dramatic moment, and will continue doing it year in year out. If anyone wants more information, please visit www.pedalinpeace.org or email info@pedalinpeace.org Pozdrav, Zoran
--Zoran-SrpskaVatra
USA-Bosna/Celinac
Email: info@pedalinpeace.org
(Moderator's Note: Originally Posted May 9, 2004)

Anonymous said...

This movie is wonderful. it shows all sides of the war and tells the story of REAL people not politicans and stupid generals. thank you for shedding lite on this area of the world.
- Jordan, USA

Anonymous said...

I just watched your wonderful documentary. It brought tears to my eyes. Being a peace loving person, I have never understood what turns neighbor against neighbor. But, you have shown the results of all of that so well. My heart bleeds for a country I called home for 4 years. The pain is unimaginable to me. To be torn from your home, your life. And, then to come back and find someone else, much less a former neighbor and possibly friend living in your home taking up your lost life is something we can only imagine with horror and pain. During the years I lived in Zagreb, I found all the people I came into contact with to be friendly, intelligent, and more than ready to assist a foreigner in their country. I hated to have to leave. My children had to leave behind friends and a "Baka and Deda", our landlord and his wife. We have all missed "Yugoslavia" since the day we had to leave. May all of the different factions find a way to live and love together as they once did. That is my wish. Thank you for presenting us with a clear, well thoughtout, passionate film.
- Marcia Comoletti, USA

Anonymous said...

On your website, you have wrong information. Osijek has never been under UN control. Where did you find the number of population? It is all wrong as well.

Crucible of War Webmaster said...

Please refer to the following website of Osiejk-Baranja County which refers to the UN Transitional Authority: http://www.osjecko-baranjska-zupanija.hr/eng/opcipodaci.htm The UN's own website also refers to this: http://www.un.org/Depts/DPKO/Missions/untaes_e.htm As far as the population, accounts will vary. The Osiejk-Baranja County website refers to the population and gives 2001 numbers which are lower than ours. If you believe these are in error, please clarify which numbers you feel are accurate and cite the source so we may follow up on it.

Anonymous said...

There are many wrong information, about the city history and population. Osijek never had 367.000 people. Before war it has around 110.000 people. Today, the population is 115.000. Yes,after the war the population drop to around 100.000. Mursa was the Roman settlment and it was destroyed and never rebuilt. And so on... many false data you got. I suggest that you take the book about Osijek (history and today) by Ive Ma┼żuran.

Anonymous said...

There are some errors. Forst of all, population of Osijek (2001.) is 114K. http://www.dzs.hr/Hrv/Popis%202001/Popis/H01_01_02/h01_01_02_zup14.html Second of all, Osijek was never a part of occupied territory, therefore, those UN resolutions you were saying about relates only to occupied territories.

Anonymous said...

i am doing a report on sarajevo for reading because we are reading the book Zlata's Dairy and it takes place there your site was very helpful thank you!!!