I got in the car, went to Jovanka’s house and all the time something was coming out of me. It was not a cry, but some sounds. I entered from her terrace.
With these words, Nada Budisavljević started the story about how her sister Jovanka Broz reacted in the moments when she was told that the then president of the SFRY, Josip Broz Tito, had passed away, reports “Blic”.
In the documentary-fiction series “Jovanka Broz and the Secret Services”, Jovanka’s sister Nada Budisavljević told numerous unknown details from the lives of Jovanka and Tito.
In the episode that was shown on Monday, Nada told what May 4, 1980 looked like in Užička 16.
– I found her, we hugged, cried, so … Then she told me that before they announced on the news, a Dragosavac came, a Zagreb politician, he just came in the door, told her “Tito is dead”, turned around he came out – Nada said through tears.
– Only Indira Gandhi and Sirimavo Bandaranaike did not believe the official version that Jovanka does not want to receive anyone. They came to her to express their condolences. In a house where there was no one and nothing before, waiters, tea, cakes, secretaries, translators and the like were suddenly created – Jovanka’s sister explained in the mentioned realization.
Among other things, Nada explained that Jovanka and she were informed about the health condition of Tito who was being treated in Ljubljana in two ways.
– The two of us followed his illness and newsletters on television. We found out about his health condition from the newspaper. We despaired of each other. For me, Tito was a replacement for my father. His illness and loss touched me as painfully as Jovanka, although not so much, but I also survived terribly. Both for her and for him – Jovanka’s sister Nada told through tears.
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