How can one find words, gestures, and sites that address past wars and atrocities in an appropriate manner? How can one remember the violent past without repeating the pain? War veterans from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia and experts from Germany discussed these issues at a workshop in Berlin on 18 October 2012.
The event was chaired by Martina Fischer (Berghof Foundation) and Nenad Vukosavljevic (Centre for Nonviolent Action, Belgrade) as part of a study tour to Berlin. The former soldiers, who fought each other in the Bosnian war in the 1990s, are active for peace today by visiting sites of atrocities in their local communities. The group visited memorial sites for victims of the NS-regime and the Holocaust. The workshop provided space to reflect on impressions of Germany and the Balkans.
Centre for Nonviolent Action (Belgrade, Sarajevo)
German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
A documentation of the workshop and impressions of the study tour are available in English and in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. They can be downloaded from our partner CNA’s website: