Exhibit: Survival in Sarajevo - Friendship in a Time of War
A powerful and inspiring exhibit that chronicles the Jews, Muslims and Christians who provided humanitarian aid and stood against hate during the Bosnian War, 1992-1995
Plus a special panel to honor the Bosnian War refugees who work at the JCC
View this extraordinary exhibit and film and hear photographer Edward Serotta's first hand account of covering the conflict for Time Magazine and others.
ABOUT THE "SALAAM, SHALOM" SERIES
This event is part of a free program series designed to increase dialogue and understanding between local faith communities, supported by multiple religious organizations across Marin.
THE STORY BEHIND THE EXHIBIT
In this European War, Jews were not the victims. In this war, Jews, Muslims and Christians joined forces to stand against hate.
The Bosnian-Serb siege of Sarajevo, from spring 1993 until winter 1996, was the longest in modern history. With electricity, water and food supplies cut off and only sporadically supplied, with 11,541 citizens shot by snipers or killed by mortars, Sarajevans had to depend on each other.
In a faded, turn-of-the-century synagogue, a group of Holocaust survivors and their offspring created La Benevolencija, the Jewish humanitarian aid agency. Who worked there? Jews and Muslims, Serbian Orthodox and Catholic Croats--all those who never believed one ethnic group was superior to another.
After all, Jews had lived alongside all their neighbors since they were welcomed in Sarajevo in the 16th century. This is the story of how they paid their neighbors back.