The lost life.

My grandmother once told me a story about a relative. And this is it.

Mira was a young girl, living with her father and mother in Yugoslavia. When the war started in 1939, Mira’s father who was a solicitor was found to be working with the enemy according to the Germans, he was thrown into jail without much warning. Mira and her mother and her aunt fled the area, hoping to find safety in Austria. This is where they settled. Mira grew up, not really remembering much about her father. Her mother saw no use in teaching her Yugoslav as nobody in Austria really spoke it. Meanwhile, in Yugoslavia, Mira’s father was still in jail, he was the type of man who didn’t really know how to keep his mouth shut, and was therefore always kept in jail, and beaten fairly regularly. He, being forever in Yugoslavia, could only speak that language.

Many years later, in the 1990’s, Mira’s father was finally free, he went out to try and find his daughter, Mira’s mother organised for Mira and her father to meet, but it was difficult. Here was this man, battered and bruised, balding and toothless, and unable to understand German, couldn’t communicate with his daughter, and all those lost years, where indeed that…lost. He couldn’t tell her how he missed her, how he suffered, or his story, because simply she didn’t understand…and she could say how much she’d missed him, or ask him questions, because he didn’t understand him either… and this is indeed a very lost relationship, and one of the saddest to lose, between a father and a daughter, but i suppose, war can do that to people.

The lost life.


Scone, Australia

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True Story, one my grandmother told me.



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