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Cellist Vedran Smailović returned home to Sarajevo at the height of the Bosnian war to find his city in ruins. Sarajevo was being attacked every night. But rather than head for the bomb shelters, he went to the town square, climbed onto a pile of rubble that had once been the fountain, took out his cello, and played Christmas carols through the bombs. When questioned as to why he had chosen to do such a thing, Smailović replied that it was to show that the spirit of humanity was still alive.