|Mijo Jurić's book "Wolves in Springtime" - Life under a Dictatorship, has been published in German with a foreword of dr. Alois Mock, former vice-counceller and minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Austria, while the afterword wrote dr. Hannes Swoboda, distinguished Austrian politician. It is an expanded version of his book "Osamnaesto proljeće" (Eighteenth Spring) published in Croatian in Zagreb.|
About the book
„In recent years in Croatia and Bosnia, books have been published about political refugees persecuted by the infamous Yugoslavian Secret Service, 'UDB'. All of these books also mention my name.“ Mijo Juric explains the reason for this in his book.
In colourful language he describes his childhood in a Bosnian village and of how at the age of 17 he ran into problems with the secret service. He tells of his years at the idyllic Dominican monastery in the town of Bol on the island of Bra;, about his sympathies for the Croatian student's movement, his imprisonment, and his daring escape to Austria where he hoped to live in freedom and safety. The ideals of the Croatian student's movement however find little interest in the West and the secret service is still pursuing him to this very day.
Following years of persecution by the Communist Secret Service, Mijo Juric finds refuge in a Dominican monastery where he begins to pen his story – a testimony which proves that the notion of a dictatorship with a human face, as Tito's Yugoslavia was called in the West, does not exist.
Biography of Mijo Jurić
Mijo Juric was born near Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1953. He was the eldest of seven children in a strict Catholic family. He joined the Dominican seminary, Bol, on the island of Brac, then later attended high school in Tuzla where he saw himself forced to leave due to political reasons. He moved to Zagreb, worked as a graphics designer and then moved to Vienna in 1973. From 1974 to 1977 he attended the Vienna School of Art with portraiture as his main field. He is married and is the father of two daughters.
Interview of Mr. Mijo Jurić to Radio Soli, the city of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Croatian [MP3]
Formated for CROWN by prof.dr. Darko Žubrinić
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