In the shelter
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September 7th, 2007 – by: cneoridium
They were mostly in disrepair, left over from the cold war days. Some had been converted to other uses, but the majority seemed to be intact, but abandoned. I had to apologize for having our nuclear missiles aimed at them back then...
Zvonka was nice enough to take me down for a quick look at the shelter under her building. Not a pleasant place, she had spent nights down there during the Serbian bombing in the early 90s when the shelters were pressed into service for the first time. Some of the men in the building had taken over the outer area as a place to smoke, watch football, and generally hide out from the wives.
Heavy, airtight blast doors lead to a series of tunnels and spartan, built to hopefully never be used. The bunk lined rooms have a capacity to house the population of the 10-story towers. Air is supplied by big, hand-cranked pumps and filtered for radiation. Beds are submarine style, fold-down bunks stacked three high.
Not comfortable, but better than the alternative. Many bunks still had blankets, dolls and other personal items never retrieved after people finally left the shelter after the last air raid. I guess they just didn't want to ever go down there again.
The original builders probably never guessed that the shelters would be used from protection from other Yugoslavians some day.
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