BiH – Reading List and Links

srebrenica-villageMany books have been published about the Yugoslav Wars. Those listed below are particularly recommended because they are very powerful personal accounts of bearing witness and/or raise complex moral and spiritual issues. Suggested readings for participants to the Bosnia Bearing Witness Retreat, we highly recommend you to read at least one of the following books before the retreat.
Also check the interesting links mentioned below.


Personal testimonies and Literary Works

IVO ANDRIC, Bosnian Chronicle: A Novel

ZLATKO DIZDAREVIC, Sarajevo: A War Journal

ZLATKO DIZDAREVIC, Portraits of Sarajevo

RON HAVIV, Blood and Honey. A Balkan War Journal, – photo book

TARIK SAMARAH, Srebrenica, – photo book

MESA SELIMOVIC, Death and the Dervish

KENAN TREBINCEVIC, The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile and Return


History and Politics

JOSIP GLAURDIC, The Hour of Europe: Western Powers and the Breakup of Yugoslavia, 2011
CHARLES INGRAO and THOMAS EMMERT (eds.), Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies: A Scholars’ Initiative, 2nd. ed.: 2013.
Research as the result of an extraordinary project of collaboration between local and international scholars.
NOEL MALCOLM, Bosnia: A Short History, 1996

LAURA SILBER and ALLAN LITTLE, Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation, 1997
Hailed as the definitive book on the subject.

FRANK WESTERMAN, De slag om Srebrenica, 2015.
Moving account and thorough investigation of a Dutch war correspondent. In Dutch.

SUSAN L. WOODWARD, Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissolution after the Cold War, 1995


My own Private War
Directed by Lidija Zelovic, 2016.
Originally from a Serbian family in Sarajevo that fled to the Netherlands at the beginning of the war, the filmmaker Lidija Zelovic has followed the conflict and its consequences as a journalist for many years. Now she returns on a personal quest to settle an account with the country where she was born.

Directed by Dino Mustafić, 2003
Remake, follows father Ahmed and son Tarik Karaga during World War II and the Siege of Sarajevo.
Integral version

No Man’s Land
Directed by Danis Tanovic, 2001

Srebrenica: A Cry from the Grave
Narrated by Bill Moyers, this compelling film includes previously unreleased footage and first-hand personal accounts of the 1995 Bosnian massacre. It follows hour by hour the story of the killings. Through the testimony of survivors and relatives of those who died it explores the pain felt when no one is brought to justice.
There are interviews with investigators from the UN-sponsored court at The Hague and from the UN special prosecutor. But the underlying message of the film is bleak indeed – no matter what is done, it will never be enough.

A Cry from the Grave has won numerous prizes. It has been shown at the UN, and it was used during a war crimes trial at The Hague.









There are three ‘official’ languages spoken in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. The three languages are mutually intelligible and were previously known collectively as Serbo-Croatian. For the local people there is a great importance attached to the name of the language.
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Vedran Smajlovic
Read more on the so-called cellist of Sarajevo, who in June 1992 played Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor for 22 consecutive days at 4 p.m. sharp to honor 22 civilians who were killed on this spot while lining up for bread.

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