News from the past: knowledge, ignorance, use and misuse of history

News from the past is a product of research conducted by the Belgrade Center for Human Rights within a project funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia. In the realization of the project, extensive public opinion polls were conducted on how citizens see the past (national and general history), themselves and others in it, as well as how prejudices and misinformation affect their judgment and decision-making today. The book contains texts that point to the results of research, people’s misconceptions about some historical events, the role of the media and the elite in the learning of history and the creation of delusions or dilemmas among citizens. Length: 128, [56] p. with tables.

Availability: Novosti iz prošlosti : znanje, neznanje, upotreba i zloupotreba istorije; Beograd 2010.

Language: Serbian

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Children

Documentary produced by Radio Television of Republika Srpska. The author of the film is Denis Bojic. Bojić’s documentary “Children” is authentically the only and last testimony of four surviving parents, out of 36 fathers and mothers from the Republic of Srpska, who lost three children in the last war.

Availability: online

Language: Serbian

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Men do not cry

Feature film from 2017. The film is a story of several war veteran from BiH, Serbia and Croatia, who took part in the war of the 1990s and survived, each of which has traumas and looks for ways to fight them 20 years after the war. The film talks about dealing with war trauma, PTSD. All of those veterans in their own way try to fit into the present society.

They talked about everything they survived, not hiding that they felt fear, humiliation, but precisely in this way they demolish the prejudices of what men are and how they must deal with the roles imposed on them by the society or the roles they imposed upon themselves.

The film was directed by Alen Drljević, the screenwriters are A. Drljevic and Zoran Solomun.

Availability: online

Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian

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The process of dealing with the past in Montenegro – Morinj case

The Center for Civic Education from Podgorica created the publication “The Process of Dealing with the Past in Montenegro – Morinj Case” with the aim of respecting the principles of dealing with the past with complete transparency in front of the audience. Therefore, this publication provides a review of the trial and of the integral authentic material that arose before the courts in Montenegro in the case of the prison camp “Morinj” for help in the analysis of the history of the past.

Availability: http://media.cgo-cce.org/2014/12/cgo-cce-proces-suocavanja-sa-prosloscu-u-cg-slucaj-morinj.pdf

Language: Montenegrin

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Aleksandra Zec

The book was created as a project with the play “Aleksandra Zec” by Oliver Frljić premiered in April 2014. The 127 pages chronologically follow events, in text and images, from 1990 to the murder of the Zec family, as well as subsequent documentary and media reports dealing with that case.

Availability: Aleksandra Zec, uz projekt Olivera Frljića, HKD Teatar međunarodni festival malih scena, Rijeka, 2014.

Language: Croatian

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The project “Historija, istorija, povijest”

The project “Historija, istorija, povijest” on the territory of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Macedonia. It included the production of local panels for the exhibition “Ana Frank – History for the Present” in BiH, Serbia and Macedonia, dissemination seminars for teachers, as well as the publication of teaching materials and workshops. Thirty teaching materials are available on the project’s website. An additional part of the project is the “Memory walk” method of Anne Frank’s house, where students from high schools from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia recorded short films about memorials and culture of remembrance in Sarajevo, Zagreb, Skopje and Belgrade.

Availability: http://historijaistorijapovijest.org/hr/

Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, English, Albanian

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Balkan research network in Bosnia and Herzegovina

BIRN BiHThe Balkan Research Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIRN BiH) is a non-governmental media organization based in Sarajevo, specializing in monitoring and reporting from war crimes trials.

The website brings information and reports from trials, recordings and transcripts of the trials, as well as texts of the indictments and judgments.

There are also two films available on the website, “I Miss You …” a documentary about the suffering and reality faced by people who lost family members during the peacetime and war period, and the “Silent Shout” about traumas that are still, twenty years after the end of the war in Bosnia, felt by the victims of sexual abuse.

Availability: http://detektor.ba/

Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, English

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Sarajevo’s most famous public secret: Confronting Caca, Kazani and crimes committed against Serbs in besieged Sarajevo, from war time until 2015.

The key issue the author asks is “to which extent are social groups and societies generally willing, not only to point out the crimes of others and to remember their victims, but also to face the crimes committed by their own party, and to remember the victims of those crimes?

The focus of the study is the question of public attitude towards crimes committed against Serbs in Sarajevo during the 1992-1995 war committed by the units of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This topic in public is related to two terms – Musan Topalovic Caco (Commander in the Army of BiH) and Kazani. How Caco and Kazani became symbols of crimes committed against Serbs in Sarajevo and how public discussion and public discussion of these issues developed during the war, but also during the two decades after the war?

Nicholas Mol, Case Study, Publisher: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, part of the publication Between Memory, Denial and Forgetfulness. Three case studies on the culture of remembrance in BiH 20 years after the war, 2015

Availability: http://fes.ba/files/fes/pdf/publikationen/2015/MOLL_1_12_2016.pdf 

Language: Bosnian

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