BHS / ENG
Upcoming activities 2018 - 2020
Annual study trips/workshops, joint projects organized by Memory Lab-associates, and other activities
Interest for this area is manifold and comes both from personal motivation and professional interest. My family history directed me a great deal towards this area of research, and decision to move from Belgrade to Sarajevo only intensified importance and inevitability of these topics in my life. Study of Anthropology and Ethnology only contributed to level of interest for ways in which certain communities and smaller groups (families) create narratives about own past. Finally, love for history and politics added a crucial “spice” and made me see personal engagement in this area as political and necessary one.
In cooperation with the Goethe Institute and the French Institute in Zagreb, Youth Initiative for Human Rights - Croatia (YIHR) organised in the town of Petrinja (central Croatia) a symposium "Remembrance of the Civil Victims of War". Petrinja, as the town that suffered during the 1990s war in Croatia, was chosen as the venue of the symposium - aiming to present memorialisation of civil victims of war practices in Germany, France and Croatia - with the wish to further discuss the initiative for opening a museum dedicated to the civil victims of war in the town.
The Memorial Site Jasenovac in Croatia and the Memorial Site of Donja Gradina in Bosnia and Herzegovina were created as a common Memorial site in the 1960s in the SFR Yugoslavia. They are related to the former site of the Ustasha concentration camp (1941–1945), formed during the time of the “Independent State of Croatia” in World War II in order to detain and murder Serbs, Jews, Roma and opponents of the Ustasa-regime. The camp was located on both sides of the river Sava, which constitutes today the state border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since the 1990s wars and the independence of Croatia and Bosnia, the memory site has been split in two, with one specific site on each part of the border, in a distance from each other of just a few hundred meters but with no official cooperation between both sites. Because of this unique situation, it was very important for our group to visit both sites, what the big majority of visitors usually does not do. In Jasenovac we visited the areal with the museum and its new permanent exhibition, the educational centar and the Flower-Monument; in Donja Gradina we visited the sites of the mass graves.
A documentary film “Exploring hidden history” realized by Julie Biro in the framework of the Youth Encounter “Memory Lab Junior”, organized as a joint project of the Memory Lab -partners Max-Mannheimer-Study-Centar Dachau, Festival “Na Pola Puta”, YIHR BiH and CCFD – Terre Solidaire. This encounter gathered students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, France and Germany, and the film was made during the second phase of the project, in 2015, which took place in BiH and Serbia.