"Actually when I was a child, I thought of myself only as German. Both of my parents are from Uzice, the heart of Serbia, but I was born in Germany. I grew up and went to school in Munich, and I still live there. Every girlfriend I've ever had was German. I hadn't been to Serbia in 8 years before last January. And I would never move back there. But something happened when I was a teenager. I became Serbian. I started speaking the language, and meeting more Serbians in Germany and thinking about it more. And now it's the opposite of when I was a child. I used to be only German. Now, I'm only Serbian." - Cute, 30something on the beach
"I remember being on the metro with my grandfather and seeing a black man sitting across from me. I was 6 or 7... When I saw him I sat up straight, I didn't move, I didn't talk. Back then there were no black people here, compared to today: you can see all kinds of people everywhere. But back then, the only other black person I'd ever seen was Rey Baltasar, one of the 3 Kings. I thought he was a helper or a friend of the black king, riding the metro and checking to see if the little kids were behaving. I was afraid that if I did anything wrong that he would go back and tell the reyes, and I wouldn't get any gifts. It seems so stupid now, but back then, the 1980's, it was the only reference I had for black people.... Don't tell anyone." - Spanish Woman, 30-something
Dictators Ain't No Joke
"It was terrible. It was terrible. After the [Spanish Civil] War, my mother...she has two sisters. So there were 3 of them. My mother and her younger sister were taken away to one place; her older sister was taken somewhere else. The winners, the fascists, piled women from the village onto a little... cómo es díu áixo? cameon? A truck! And took them out. They were kept for 3 years. No one knows what happened because she didn't say anything... You couldn't say anything in small villages during the dictatorship. The teachers, the administrators, mayors, they were all fascist. If you said anything, the police would show up at your house. So for 70 years my mother never talked about what happened to her. Even AFTER Franco died, she said nothing. I found out about this only 2 months ago." - Student, works at La Bolsa, (the Spanish Stock Market); 50something.