Hans Koschnick

Hans Koschnick, European administrator of Mostar, Bosnia, October 1994.
Hans Koschnick, European administrator of Mostar, Bosnia, October 1994.

The meeting with Hans Koschnick, Mostar administrator from 1994 to 1996, almost never happened. His efforts to reconcile Croatians and Bosnians weren’t to everybody’s liking. The German survived several assassination attempts, the first one having taken place a night before we met: a rocket fired by Croatian nationalists had devastated his hotel room. Luckily enough, Koschnick was drinking a beer at the bar. A healthy, lifesaving habit.

J’ai bien failli ne jamais rencontrer Hans Koschnick, administrateur de Mostar de 1994 à 1996. Ses tentatives de réconcilier Croates et Bosniaques ne plaisaient pas à tous. L’Allemand échappa à plusieurs attentats, dont le premier, une nuit avant notre rencontre : une roquette tirée par des nationalistes croates dévasta sa chambre d'hôtel. Par chance, Koschnick buvait une bière au bar. Saine habitude qui lui sauva la vie.

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