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Bosnian Genocide, 1992-1995

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Jewish and Bosnian Muslim Soldiers, Brothers in Arms

This article offers uniquely rare insight into the Jewish life in the besieged Sarajevo in 1992. Side by side with their Muslim neighbours, Jewish people fought in the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and thus contributed to the defense of the country from Serbian aggression.

With Bosnian war raging, Jewish group celebrates life

By John Pomfret
Kentucky New Area (daily)
5 September 1992.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — On a ping-pong table in a cluttered room next to a synagogue, Zoya Finci works to restore ancient parchments – Hebrew scripts telling the story of the exodus of Jews from the Holy Lands. A dab of acetone here, a swab of alcohol there.

Despite the crash of mortars and heavy machine-gun fire outside, Finci is preparing for an exhibition. With an almost heroic obstinacy, the Jews of Sarajevo are planning to celebrate their 500 years in the city.

“It only comes once every 500 years,” said the middle-age University of Sarajevo art professor, whose family has lived in Sarajevo for four centuries. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by genocideinbosnia

December 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Bosniaks, Islam and the Siege of Sarajevo

Bosnian Muslims Seeking Harmony

New Straight Times
17 December 1993.

Among the graves crowding the tiny courtyard of his mosque are five mounds of fresh earth that Imam Ismet Spahic tends particularly well and prays over each evening: they hold his wife, three daughters, and a granddaughter, killed by Serbian shelling while fetching water.

Firmly, the grey-bearded Muslim clergyman spoke of his abiding faith and his certainty that his family awaits him in paradise. But when asked if, perhaps, he thought the government of a largely Muslim Bosnia should be a secular one, he seemed astonished that anyone could ask such a question.

“Absolutely,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm