can-serbs-learn-from-israelis-and-the-palestinians 17 Feb 14 Can Serbs Learn From Israelis and Palestinians?

Despite very different conflicts, Serbian, Israeli and Palestinian rights activists say they face common problems: state denial of past atrocities and the task of helping wartime refugees return home.

selective-memory 22 Nov 13 Selective Memory

Bosnia’s post-war divisions are played out in the fight to build memorials at the sites of notorious wartime prisons.

croatia-personal-war-memories-collection-presented 04 Oct 13 Exploring the Power of Memory in Croatia

A Croatian rights group has collected personal recollections from some 450 people who suffered in conflicts from WWII onwards to create a powerful oral history archive.

beer-and-loathing-at-croatia-s-patriot-party 09 Aug 13 Beer and Loathing at Croatia's Patriot Party

Croatian nationalism is thriving at an annual celebration of the anniversary of the Operation Storm military victory – a party staged by a singer named after a machine gun.

balkans-gripped-by-chaotic-monument-building-boom 25 Jun 13 Balkans Gripped by Chaotic Monument-Building Boom

Hundreds of war memorials have been built since the Balkan conflicts, but some governments exert no control over how much public money is spent or whether new monuments provoke ethnic tensions.

ethnic-divisions-set-in-stone 25 Jun 13 Ethnic Divisions Set in Stone

‘Hero’ fighters, massacre victims and alleged war criminals are being commemorated with new monuments across the former Yugoslavia, many of them reinforcing the disputes that originally led to the conflicts.

politicians-take-control-of-history-in-albania 25 Jun 13 Politicians Take Control of History in Albania

A hasty spending spree motivated by political ambition ahead of this year’s election in Albania created a series of monuments to controversial historical figures with questionable aesthetic value.

a-different-kind-of-remembrance 25 Jun 13 Interview: A Different Kind of Remembrance

Balkan countries need to develop a culture of memorialisation where different ethnic groups recognise others’ suffering as well as their own, says Sarajevo-based researcher Nicolas Moll.

sarajevo-marks-anniversary-of-wartime-siege-tunnel 29 Mar 13 Sarajevo Marks Anniversary of Wartime Siege Tunnel

Twenty years ago, the Bosnian Army started digging a tunnel underneath Sarajevo airport which would become the besieged city’s only relief route and a symbol of its resistance.

kosovo-partisans-set-to-lose-their-memorial 28 Mar 13 Kosovo Partisans Set to Lose Their Memorial

As Kosovo dismantles its remaining Yugoslav-era heritage, the memorial to WW2 fighters is to make way for a complex dedicated to independence leader Ibrahim Rugova.

guerrilla-monument-dispute-divides-serbia-s-albanians 23 Jan 13 Guerrilla Monument Dispute Divides Serbia’s Albanians

After Belgrade removed a memorial to ethnic Albanian fighters in Presevo, some locals called for political dialogue but others rejected cooperation with the government.

presevo-monument-continues-to-spark-contraversy 18 Jan 13 Albanian Guerrilla Monument Sparks Showdown in Serbia

Belgrade has promised to demolish the monument and ethnic Albanians have vowed to defend it - while its creator just wishes he'd never been asked to build it.

paul-deserves-more-of-serbia-than-rehabilitation 10 Oct 12 Paul Deserves More from Serbia Than ‘Rehabilitation’

When the Regent was deposed in 1941, Yugoslavia lost a progressive, far-sighted leader who had begun to set the country on a different, better, path.

docu-genre-answers-bosnia-s-postwar-hunger-for-facts 28 Aug 12 Docu Genre Answers Bosnia’s Postwar Hunger for Facts

Vogue for documentary art in Bosnia, in film, image and on the stage, reflects a conviction that post-war audiences need to confront the factual reality of the recent past.

new-statue-awakens-past-quarrels-in-macedonia 13 Jul 12 New Statue Awakens Past Quarrels in Macedonia

Forget the row with Greece over Alexander. What now has Macedonians at odds are new monuments resembling, or commemorating, historic figures linked to Bulgaria.

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