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Exploring Spomeniks: The Brutalist Monuments of Former Yugoslavia

Exploring Spomeniks: The Brutalist Monuments of Former Yugoslavia


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In this episode, I discuss the brutalist Spomenik monuments of the former Yugoslavia with Donald Niebel - founder of the Spomenik Database.

Donald is an environmental scientist turned researcher from the United States

We delve into the historical significance, architectural design, and location details of these unique, massive structures.

Donald explains how he transformed his initial curiosity about these striking monuments into a comprehensive online resource.

Sharing his experiences and insights, Donald reveals the value of the Spomeniks as instruments for studying local and regional histories.

The Spomenik Database can be accessed at

00:00 Introduction to the Podcast

00:06 Exploring the Spomeniks of Yugoslavia

01:02 Discovering the Spomenik Database

01:33 Interview with Donald Niebel: The Man Behind the Spomenik Database

02:40 The Journey of Documenting the Spomeniks

04:39 The Challenges of Cataloging the Monuments

07:35 The Significance and Interpretation of the Spomeniks

08:25 Public Reactions to the Spomeniks

14:23 The Role of the Spomenik Database in Education

16:51 The Community's Connection to the Spomeniks

18:30 Future Plans for the Spomenik Database

24:23 Donald's Personal Connection to the Spomeniks

25:58 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

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🎙️ An Englishman in the Balkans Podcast 🎧
In this podcast, you'll get a unique look at life in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the eyes of an immigrant. Each episode, David shares his experiences living in this often misunderstood country, and introduces you to some of the interesting people he's met along the way. From exploring the rich culture and history, to discussing the challenges and joys of immigrating to a new country, this podcast offers a thoughtful and engaging look at life in the Balkans.