During the conflict that bloodied former Yugoslavia (and Bosnia-Herzegovina in
particular) in the 1990s, some individuals managed to act extraordinarily, risking their
own lives to save others, even if they belonged to different ethnic groups.
Svetlana Broz, a Bosnian cardiologist honored as Righteous in Milan's Garden for her
commitment to reconciliation during the war in former Yugoslavia, defined them the
"Righteous in the time of evil".
These exemplary figures refused to see their neighbor as the enemy because they knew that their neighbors were "first of all people, only later Croats, Muslims, Serbs".