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.
This project is based on the book by Edward Serotta, Survival in Sarajevo: Jews, Bosnia, and the Lessons of the Past, published in 1994 and now out of print but available through abebooks.com. The exhibition from this project has been underwritten by JDC (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) and The Milton and Rosyln Wolf Foundation.
There are nine panels in this exhibition, and each one tells a separate chapter of this story. Panels are nine feet long, and are printed on both sides--they cannot be put up next to walls. For costs, please contact Lauren Granite at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a link to our multimedia film with the Survival in Sarajevo story, photos from the exhibition, and more information about the conflict in Bosnia, visit our exhibition web site: http://upload.centropa.org/upload/centropa-sarajevo/Centropa.org___Sarajevo/Sarajevo_home.html
Interested in hosting this exhibition? The specifics are:
When open and standing the panels measure as follows:
- length: 280cm (9 ft. 3 in.)
- height: 230cm (7 ft. 7 in.)
To estimate shipping costs, please note that the exhibition comes in:
- 18 large boxes: dimensions of one bag with one folded panel in it: 100cm x 70cm x 10 cm (40 in. x 28 in. x 4 in.)
- 9 smaller boxes: dimensions of one bag with one folded panel in it: 30cm x 70cm x 10 cm (12 in. x 28 in. x 4 in.)
Total approx. weight: 925 lbs. (420kg)
If you'd like to host this exhibition in the United States, please contact Lauren Granite at email@example.com.
Schedule in Europe:
November 2014 in Slovenia (Damjan Snoj)
February 4- March 1 2015 in Eppingen an Sinsheim, Germany (Michael Heitz, Alan Götz)
March 11- April 30, 2015 in Steyr, Austria, Museum Arbeitswelten (Erwin Dorn, Waltraud Neuhauser ,Katrin Auer)
May 1-8, 2015 in Novi Sad (Danica Stefanovic)
May 9-18, 2015 at the National Library in Belgrade (Biljana Stojanovic / Tamara Butigan)
May 19- June 1: Cultural Center Nis, Serbia (Marko Dimitrijevic)
October 12, 2015 in Sarajevo