Dolores: “Can you remember our Indie? He was a really very good cat. He had interest for violin making - when Augustin make violin, Indie looked at what’s happening. He was, I think, 13 or 14 years old; he had a brain tumor. The veterinarian said that there could be a surgery, but that would not help. It was a really hard time for us. He was like a member of the family. Every second he attended our lives - sitting with my students, when Augustin worked on violins he liked to see; when I make Christmas tree he played with the bulbs and decorations.”
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Dolores and Augustin Martinovic are classical musicians who lived in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina during what was the longest siege of a capital city in modern warfare, lasting from 1992-1996. Dolores worked as a piano teacher while Augustin was the music director of the Sarajevo Radio-Television Symphony Orchestra. Dolores and Augustin have been living in Pittsburgh, PA, USA for over twenty years, but their life in Sarajevo is always in their minds and hearts. We visited the couple on a brisk December weekday during a lull in their lesson schedule. We were ushered into their warm living room, tastefully decorated with oil paintings (some painted by Augustin himself), rugs in the Turkish style warming the floor, a fireplace decked with dolls in traditional Croatian dresses, and a cheery Christmas tree gracing the corner opposite of Dolores’ black baby grand piano. Once coats were shed and hugs exchanged, Dolores bustled into the room with homemade cookies while Augustin offered us the choice of mid-afternoon coffee, eggnog, or cognac. Once everyone had settled down in a cozy circle in the couches and chairs, Dolores began to speak to us about their life in former Yugoslavia: their home, their lives’ work, their unending hope, and their new home.