In this project, between 400 and 500 citizens of Croatia from all social layers and regions are interviewed about their personal experiences during three timeframes: the second World War, the period of socialist Yugoslavia and the war of the 90s. The objective is to document personal experiences on war and detention that cannot be found in written sources and that provide important information for the process of dealing with the past. The interviews will be transcribed, elaborated, translated and indexed, and an appropriate subset of the material will be stored on an open internet platform with direct access possibilities. By default and based on so-called informed consent from the interviewees, the full version of the narratives (i.e. without any cutting of the material) will be made available for the international scientific community in a password-protected environment, to ensure that there will be no illegal use of this restricted material. By presenting these narratives in an edited format in an online environment, CroMe aims to contribute to the process of dealing with the past. The project specifically addresses experiences of minorities in Croatia that are hitherto not well-represented in the public realm.
The CroMe project is funded as a Matra project by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It started in May 2010 and will end in October 2013.
The interview collection will be launched through this website: www.croatianmemories.org