Projektarchiv - CENTROPA
Survival in Sarajevo
This project commemorates the Yugoslav wars which was both a territorial war and an ethnic conflict between Serbs, Croats and starting in 1992 Bosniak Muslims.
The one ethnic group that had nothing to do with these wars was the Yugoslav Jewish community. While Serbian and Croatian Jews kept an exceptionally low profile during the decade of hostility the Sarajevo Jewish community consisting of Sephardic Holocaust survivors and their families stepped up and took action.
Refusing to take sides Sarajevo's Jews turned their synagogue into a free and open house for everyone. Working alongside Bosniak Muslims, Serbian Orthodox and Croatian Catholics they created La Benevolencija one of the most effective humanitarian aid agencies working in the Bosnian war zone providing food medicine and hope in equal measure during the siege of Sarajevo. We will foster a culture of remembrance and mutual understanding by showing how effective a community can be when people of different religions and ethnicities decide to act together.
The project will be conducted in Hungary, Poland and Romania and will include producing an indoor/outdoor traveling exhibition in three languages based on the story of La Benevolencija creating Polish, Hungarian and Romanian voiceovers for our multimedia film that tells the story of different ethnicities working together during the war.
Arranging at least one major exhibition opening in each country with invited leaders in civil society politics journalism and education conducting at least one seminar in each country for teachers who will teach this story to their students.
Holding a student competition where students find stories like La Benevolencija in their own countries and make videos of examples in their own culture of people working together to help one's neighbors creating a website for the student videos, information on the Jewish community of Sarajevo and the video stories of La Benevolencija's non-sectarian role during the war.