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Excerpt from Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: The Record of a Journey through Yugoslavia in 1937, courtesy Macmillan Publishers Ltd., London, 1946.

To those who suffered

English persons, therefore, of humanitarian and reformist disposition constantly went out to the Balkan Peninsula to see who was in fact ill-treating whom, and, being by the very nature of their perfectionist faith unable to accept the horrid hypothesis that everybody was ill-treating everybody else, all came back with a pet Balkan people established in their hearts as suffering and innocent, eternally the massacree and never the massacrer.

—Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: The Record of a Journey through Yugoslavia in 1937

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