The Holocaust, Nazi persecution of other groups, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur had specific impacts on some faith communities, meaning HMD has a special resonance for many faiths. HMD can be marked by all faith communities.
This is an extract from the book The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway.
The Srebrenica memorial centre was created in October 2000, barely five years after the genocide that took place there. The cemetery, which now holds over 5,000 of the 8,000 victims, has since been joined by a memorial room and exhibition. In spite of local controversy, it has encouraged many survivors to return to the town, and draws in visitors and dignitaries from across the world to hear its message.
Safet is a Bosnian Muslim and survivor of the ethnic cleansing in Prijedor, Bosnia. His father and brother were imprisoned by the Bosnian Serb army in concentration camps.
This testimony has been provided to the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust by Kemal Pervanić, a survivor of the Bosnian war, who has specially edited three short testimony films taken from his new film Pretty Village. In this testimony Kemal remembers the day the Serb army rolled into the village.
This testimony has been provided to HMDT by Kemal Pervanić, a survivor of the Bosnian war, who has specially edited three short testimony films taken from his new film Pretty Village.
This testimony has been provided to HMDT by Kemal Pervanić, a survivor of the Bosnian war, who has specially edited three short testimony films taken from his new film Pretty Village. Bosnian Muslim Besima describes returning to the home she was forced from in Prijedor, and confronting the people farming her land.
Hasan Hasanović was 19 when the town of Srebrenica fell to Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995. He endured a 100 kilometre march through hostile terrain to escape the massacre of around 8,000 Muslim men and boys that took place there.
9 December is Genocide Prevention Day, marking the anniversary of the UN Genocide Convention.
On 7 August 1992, British journalist Ed Vulliamy, alongside fellow journalists Penny Marshall and Ian Williams, became the first to report from the Omarska concentration camp in the Prijedor region of northern Bosnia.