The Women of Srebrenica

October 10, 2011

Dutch historian Selma Leydesdorff recorded the life histories of 60 women who survived the Srebrenica massacre in July 1995, when some 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were killed by the Army of the Serbian Republic. It was the largest mass murder in Europe since World War II.

Herself the daughter of an Auschwitz survivor, Leydesdorff believes that the women’s memories — of intimate moments, like saying goodbye to a loved one for the last time — are an essential part of history. She writes: “I argue that history is the totality of such small, sad moments; although seemingly insignificant, they are of great importance to the people who lived them. For years I listened, and discovered that their totality does create a history of how people survived the fall of Srebrenica and then continued on with their lives.”

In this week’s podcast, Executive Producer Pamela Hogan speaks with Leydesdorff about her new book, Surviving the Bosnian Genocide: The Women of Srebrenica Speak.

Click here to read an excerpt.

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  1. Kassandra Skoulikides says:

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  2. James J. Braddock says:


    Did Angelina Jolie use (steal) this book (The Soul Shattering in English) written by the Bosnian-Croatian author James J. Braddock a.k.a Josip J. Knežević, as the story platform for her movie In The Land of Blood and Honey?

    Did she totally miss the truth and core of that genocidal war against Bosnia and her people?

    Why was she banned from filming in Bosnia by the most influental organization of women – victims of the war?

    Did she rewrite history and offended thousands of women and other innocent victims of the Serbian aggression on Bosnia & Herzegovina?

    Should American women and human rights organizations get involved?

  3. Shamal Jayakody says:

    Srebrenica is a tiny spot in the world map. But it contains a vast ocean of history,which will be the foundation for world peace.

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