Reading and Viewing Suggestions for Sarajevo Conference Participants
From James Keenan, SJ:
A very good start: ABC NEWS reporting on Sarajevo two months after the outbreak:
A good summary of the siege of Sarajevo: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17617775
Remember: the war in all of Bosnia was bigger than just the siege of Sarajevo
Wikipedia gives a thorough background of how the vote for independence from Yugoslavia prompted the Bosnian Serbs to take back the referendum:
So just when it is clear follow the war in Mostar:
And then there’s the Srebrenica massacre, 3 years after the outbreak of the war
21 years after Srebrenica, Radovan Karadzic is sentenced
Ratko-Mladic is still not sentenced
Art and culture reflecting on Sarajevo war:
A thoughtful 90 second reflection: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/sarajevo-girl-reza
Bono and Pavarotti doing Miss Sarajevo: 6minutes
From William O’Neill, SJ:
The Bridge Betrayed: Religion and Genocide in Bosnia by Michael A. Sells
Available worldwide: Comparative Studies in Religion and Society
The recent atrocities in Bosnia-Herzegovina have stunned people throughout the world. With Holocaust memories still painfully vivid, a question haunts us: how is this savagery possible? Michael A. Sells answers by demonstrating that the Bosnian conflict is not simply a civil war or a feud of age-old adversaries. It is, he says, a systematic campaign of genocide and a Christian holy war spurred by religious mythologies.
This passionate yet reasoned book examines how religious stereotyping—in popular and official discourse—has fueled Serbian and Croatian ethnic hatreds. Sells, who is himself Serbian American, traces the cultural logic of genocide to the manipulation by Serb nationalists of the symbolism of Christ’s death, in which Muslims are “Christ-killers” and Judases who must be mercilessly destroyed. He shows how “Christoslavic” religious nationalism became a central part of Croat and Serbian politics, pointing out that intellectuals and clergy were key instruments in assimilating extreme religious and political ideas.
Sells also elucidates the ways that Western policy makers have rewarded the perpetrators of the genocide and punished the victims. He concludes with a discussion of how the multireligious nature of Bosnian society has been a bridge between Christendom and Islam, symbolized by the now-destroyed bridge at Mostar. Drawing on historical documents, unpublished United Nations reports, articles from Serbian and Bosnian media, personal contacts in the region, and Internet postings, Sells reveals the central role played by religious mythology in the Bosnian tragedy. In addition, he makes clear how much is at stake for the entire world in the struggle to preserve Bosnia’s existence as a multireligious society.
From Mark Potter:
Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood by Barbara Demick
Destination Sarajevo website: https://sarajevo.travel
Sarajevo Navigator iPhone app used during 2017 visit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sarajevo-navigator/id1054780849?mt=8
Other books and films about Sarajevo: