Look now,’ Vesna’s mother continued, ‘what do you know, a civil war might break out any minute: Serbs would fight with Croats, Czechs would fight with Slovaks, Hungarians would fight with Jews. how can you be sure of anything?’

‘But, Mother, if this happens, then it will such big trouble that nobody would think about a shortage of pantyhose,’ protested Vesna.

‘You’d be surprised, my dear, to know that people have to live and survive during wars, too. Besides, how do you think we survived communism?