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.
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