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"THE CELLIST OF SARAJEVO"


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"THE CELLIST OF SARAJEVO" 

Vedran Smailovic, a Cellist from the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra made world wide news in 1992 when he played on his cello for 22 days to honour 22 people who had been killed in Sarajevo while queuing for bread.
Each day at 4pm, the time the bomb hit, he took his cello down into the square and sat in the crater and played Adagio in G Minor seemingly unaware of the snipers in the hills around him and ongoing shelling. 

The siege of Sarajevo lasted four years and more than 12,000 people were killed and 50,000 wounded.
When a reporter asked him if he did not think it was a bit crazy playing the cello whilst Sarajevo was being bombed, Smailovic calmly replied " Don't you think it is a little crazy that people are bombing whilst Smailovic plays the cello?"

This rare act of courage and respect has inspired author Steven Galloway to write a book based around the cellist.