Persevere and carry on

 

The idea and desire for reassembling of long-time friends, colleagues and acquaintances of Czech origin in Sarajevo grew stronger particularly during hard war years (1992 – 1995) within Hrzek family, their relatives and close friends, inspired by most pleasant memories of earlier contacts within the local Czech community.
Although already exhausted by the evil that was surrounding and destroying them, they endeavoured to maintain their Czech identity in this territory, supported by the Czech patience and perseverance that were instilled in then for generations, particularly through poems:

 
CARRY ON !

In troubled times we were borne
and step by step through clouds we go
proudly toward the exalted aim,
with bent neck before our own nation only.
We knew what was in store for us on our way;
be it a thunder or frost bit our bones -
it is only the Czech music from times immemorial,
to its sound we move forward – on and on !

Jan Neruda
 
 
PERSEVERE !

Do not grieve and persevere!
One night has thousand stars,
comfort is in each daybreak,
the world is full of beauty.
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Live – you will die as well ! Persevere!
Your life in peace will slip by.
you are looking for it here ? In vain. Once,
once you will rest all the same.

Eliška Krásnohorská
 

On this occasion, we would like to express our special thankfulness to the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Sarajevo for their support and exceptional cooperation and kindness, as well as to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic – Department for culture and relations with compatriots, without whose help and understanding “Česka beseda” Sarajevo could not survive in nowadays circumstances.