site is about a project I single-handedly started and funded in the year 2000.
It will show you a country in desperate need of exposure.
War has brought
devastating destruction upon the Balkans. Not only will this site show you
it's ruins, but it will also bring to light how terrifyingly similar the
Balkans are to other countries on our planet...perhaps even your own
Not only ruins,
but also the justified burden of guilt which should be supported by the rest
of the world, for it was through the 'Treaty of Verdun' that the borders of
Yugoslavia were decided in 1918. Thanks to the victorious allies who threw
themselves all too greedily upon the German colonies in Africa while ignoring
the European continent Yugoslavia's borders became a time-bomb which kept on
ticking until it's massive explosion in the 90's. It was the last, cruel
battle of the First World War.
Today the Balkans are in a
state of coexistence, not peace. Peace will only be established when the
mourning generations have died out. Again I've found a
destruction of towns like Ieper in West-Flanders, Belgium... there wasn't
a German on the planet who could do
anything right according to my own
grandmother and her mother before her. It was only ten years ago, that she
still burst into tears telling me the story of a young student in Bruges
was brutally shot for staying
up late studying. My great grandmother on the other side had hair as black
as the night turned white as snow in just a couple of days because of the
sound of the artillery
It took three generations for
this anti-German feeling to vanish and it's still not
there is peace.
I thought that it may be
justified to say that we are at least culturally linked to the Balkan
To focus on this cultural and
historic link I decided to take on a project in regions of the tri-state
area in the north-west of Croatia, north-east of Bosnia-Herzegovina and
the east of the Yugoslavian Republic.
I took trees from the old
confrontation zone "Ieper's Salient" in Flanders Fields to plant them
in the closest possible communities in the tri-state area. A
is to accompany them later.
I had no financial government
support of any kind and recklessly had to
entrust my safety into Bosnian,
Croatian and Serbian hands. This far,
I've always been treated quite
amicably by all of them.
I particularly want
Project Proximity to be a
from the people to the people, I might
not be able to rebuild all their houses or give them back their life
before this terrible war, but I can try to give them back a piece of their
heart and personality. Project Proximity can never make amends for all
the broken hearts
and loved ones lost and forever
remembered, but I want to
make sure it is never forgotten.
Forgetting them is forgetting
ourselves, for it is a shared suffering; Europe always was "united in
I, and the people of the
thank you for visiting this site.
Respectfully yours, Alex