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Memoirs of my Childhood in Yugoslavia

Memoirs of my Childhood in Yugoslavia, Copyright 2008, by Wayne Vucinich and Larry Wolff

I recently read this memoir and loved Wayne’s rich story telling of a decade of his life in primitive Yugoslavia. He was an American born to Yugoslavian immigrants who both died, leaving their three surviving children orphans. An uncle took them back to extended family in Yugoslavia, where they grew up on a farm, learning a new language, new customs and a whole new way of life.

At the same time, modern life was intruding into Yugoslavia, and some of Wayne’s experiences of farm and family life soon faded into history. This book gives me a glimpse into Yugoslavian life as my family may have lived it in Vojvodina after the end of WWI.

Larry’s introduction to Wayne’s memoirs is very stirring, and it made me sad to have not had the pleasure of meeting Wayne or of taking his classes in Eastern European history at Stanford University.  This book is published for nonprofit and privately, and I really encourage you to buy it – it’s a little gem.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2010 3:02 pm

    Why You start this article with “…primitive Yugoslavia…”? At the time – it is NOT more, or less primitive than USA or other countries!

    best regards

  2. Nada permalink
    December 21, 2011 12:59 am

    Hi Pauline,
    Good on you for this excellent article, please continue call that great land Yugoslavia.
    I always have and always will.
    Look forward to reading the book.
    Best regards

    • December 21, 2011 11:28 am

      Hi Nada, I hope you enjoy the book. I am reading another one now, called “Shadow on the Mountain” about Yugoslavia in WWII. I will write up a blog on it when I am done. Tonya

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