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SENJAK

 
- Senjak did not always carried the name Senjak, this locality was named Djurdje's hill (Djurdjevo Brdo). Even today there are people that have deeds which are from the Second World War where Djurdjevo Hill is mentioned. Senjak later got a name by those threshing barns that were approximately from here where there is Udba's (State Security Administration's) building down towards oil plant. There were threshing barns and there was, by the "Master's tavern" (Gospodarska mehana) customs. That is where the peasants arrived from around Belgrade and that is where they parked their cars and where the cattle was fed with hay. Later that name was adopted - senara or senjak. Customs were the place where they had to check in and at 7 pm in the evening check out. Customs was on today’s Trosarina, too. Customs was about where Geokarta is and here where there is Udba's building, there on the level of the 1st entrance was the pub “Babuna” and behind it was the threshing barn.
- I remember how milkmen arrived with buckets and so we drank first milks after the war.  Later, students were carrying. Peasants brought the ice  to Senjak on their wagons. We had that old fashioned fridge in which we put ice and so we had the fridge after the war. That was known as the ice cassette.
- As children, we were chasing around the yard and concretely in our street, between the number 11 and 13 was a courtyard and one big mulberry. The wall between the yard which belonged to Sitnicka Street, so the street above and this one here, was made of stone. All the fences were mostly from stone because there was a quarry here. We were coming there, in that courtyard where there was a rill under the stone with fresh cold water that we drunk. The moment the piles were put up for the bridge here, all groundwater was redirected and that is no more. And here, where are these huts, there were gardens once and there was water rise in the spring and they were flooded. There were two rail cooperatives too.
-    Senjak was famous that  the railmen  were buying the lots there. There was the rail colony.
-    Senjak had its own rail station, I remember. There where is Fair now, we were getting out and walked on foot.
-    There was the start stop of the train of the narrow track, there, behind the sugar factory. I know when we were going to Sarajevo, we had that narrowtrack train - Cira.
-    Sugar beet was brought there.
-    And from there we went to Bosnia, you had to go from there. With that narrow track to Sarajevo, if you want to get down to Niksic, there was a track Sarajevo - Niksic. Now that station is not mentioned anymore and that track on Cukarica.
-    From BIP (Belgrade's Beer Industry) all the way to Majdan were vineyards. After the war all was nationalised and sold. Till recently there were vineyards in Suvoborska Street.
-    But that Kozjacka Street of ours, we remember it as brick lane. We played there and spent a wonderful childhood.
-    I almost left my knees on that brick lane in Kozjacka Street.
-    In Kozjacka Street we had stalls and horses. I do not know, they are called Gazibarici - Gazibaric's stalls.
-    We were going through Vase Pelagica Street by sledge.
-    We all sledded up and down.
-    There was a tram track and the tram went through our street. That is of course, no more.
-    In Vase Pelagica, that is where veterinary ambulance is now, there is one wall where in 1945 about twenty people from Senjak were shot, right on that wall. No matter how much the people that live in that courtyard tried to plaster that wall, always - after year or two - the stains appear.
-    Is there someone who went to the 1st mixed high school?
-    No, it was already the 10th when we went.
-    I wanted to mention that all of us "people from the hill" how we called ourselves or Topciderci, from here after war went to that 1st mixed high-school that inherited King Peter's high-school and that was on Senjak's market, where the bus is turning around. There was our building.
-    After that was primary school.
-    That was in Vase Pelagica Street where the bus is turning around. After the war it was in Prokop, and after that we went to Dedinje, here and back there because we did not have the building.
-    That was that school, then it was primary school alter where I went and after the war it was graphics company and now it is not there, now there is the bus turnaround.



-    I live in Vase Pelagica Street. What is interesting in my street is that there was Senjak's cinema and as a child I watched my first film in the cinema in Senjak. "Parisian woman",  I watched with my dad.
-    We all went there.
-    I remember, asa girl, I loved first of all to go to the cinema, I did not miss any movie. Like nobles, we had a cinema right on the corner, twice a week the repertoire was changing, of course I had to watch both films in a week. And then, I remember once, our girls company, we were buying "Film world" and at the time "Film world" was published and in it sometimes the addresses of the film stars were shown. And I, of course, wrote to the actors at the time, in English. And my late grandmother told me: "Oh, child, you are getting carried away that you will get a photograph" because I asked for the photograph and the autograph. And then, when I get it, it was a sensation in the building, I come out straight away to show it. I can recall, Harry Belafonte, Tony Curtis. Photographs with autograph - that was a sensation. Then I loved to collect stamps,  and other unusual things.