Survival in Sarajevo -- Friendship in a Time of War

The story of how an old synagogue in the Bosnian war zone became a beacon of hope for everyone. During the Bosnian war (1992-1995), the Jewish community of Sarajevo refused to take sides, opened their own humanitarian aid agency inside the city's synagogue, and were soon joined by their Muslim, Croat and Serbian friends. While outside of the besieged Bosnian capital, nationalist politicians swore these ethnic groups could not get along, here's a group of people who never got the memo. In this European war, Jews were not the victims. In this war, Jews were saving Muslims and Christians. An inspiring story of friendship and commitment.

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YUGOSLAVIA

After the First World War, Bosnia and Herzegovina became part of the newly founded "Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes," which stretched from the Western Balkans to Central Europe. This territory was ethnically very diverse.

BREAKUP OF YUGOSLAVIA

During the 1990s, a series of conflicts and political upheavals resulted in the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, or simply Yugoslavia. The country was first formed as a kingdom in 1918 and then reorganized as a communist state under the leadership of Josip Broz Tito after World War II.

JEWS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

The history of Jews in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be traced back more than 500 years, when, in the late 15th century, many Sephardic Jews arrived after their expulsion from Spain as stipulated by the Expulsion Decree  from King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile.

SARAJEVO

Today, Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and has about 300,000 inhabitants.

LA BENEVOLENCIJA

La Benevolencija was established in Sarajevo in 1892. This Jewish cultural, educational and humanitarian society gained international attention for the nonsectarian humanitarian aid that it provided for the people of Sarajevo during the infamous siege of 1992-1995. Here you can find more information about Bohoreta, the women’s club of La Benevolencija.

SEPHARDIM

A Sephardic Jew is a Jew descended from, or who follows the customs and traditions of, Jews who lived in the Iberian Peninsula (modern Spain and Portugal) before their expulsion in the late 15th century. The are referred to as Sephardim, as “Sepharad” means Spain in Hebrew. For religious purposes, the term Sephardim also means all Jews who use a Sephardic style of liturgy and therefore includes most Jews of Middle Eastern background, whether or not they have any historical connection to the Iberian Peninsula.
 

YUGOSLAVIA

After the First World War, Bosnia and Herzegovina became part of the newly founded "Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes", which stretched from the Western Balkans to Central Europe. This territory was ethnically very diverse.

YUGOSLAVIA

After the First World War, Bosnia and Herzegovina became part of the newly founded "Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes", which stretched from the Western Balkans to Central Europe. This territory was ethnically very diverse.

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Title / School Subject Documents Language
Divided by Faith, United by War: Teaching the citizens of the future using the lessons of the past
civic activism
Alexander Shechtman, High School Teacher, Israel
en
Why is a civic society important?
civic activism
Shalini Sarkar
en
La Benevolencija: Reaching Out to Welcome In
Melyssa McBryde
en
American Civil Rights Movement and Sarajevo
civic activism
Ana Serro
en
Interviewing a Picture
History
Margaret Chasan, The Jewish Day School Bellevue, WA, USA
en
Let All Who are Hungry Come and Eat
History
Lauren Granite
en
Survival in Sarajevo: Lessons in Civic Values
civic activism
Lauren Granite
en
Let All Who are Hungry Come and Eat
History
Lauren Granite
uk
Roots in Spain, Trees in Sarajevo
History
Laura Frank, Beth T'filoh Dahan Community Day School
en
Survival in Sarajevo: cross-cultural tolerance
History
Lilia Brook, Nahariya, Israel
en
Survival in Sarajevo: Cooperation and Conflict
History
Horaţiu Suciu, Colegiul Naţional „Iulia Hasdeu" Lugoj
en
Sarajevo Project for Jewish Day School Communities
History
Lauren Granite
und
When citizens take action in times of crisis
civic activism
Victor Gurevich
en
Survival in Sarajevo —— La Benevolencija
History
Rina Lund
en
Postcards to Sarajevo
History
Lisa Sterling
en
Survival in Sarajevo - Interviewing a Picture
History
Margaret Chasan, The Jewish Day School Bellevue, WA, USA
en
Überleben in Sarajewo
History
Kirstin Lakeberg, Phillip Goebbels
de
Begleitheft für Centropas Sarajewo Ausstellung
other projects
Centropa Wien
de
Сарајево – мултиетнички и интеркултурални град
History
Синиша ВУКАДИНОВИЋ
sr
Personal Choice and Community Dynamics
History
Elizabeth Emmerth
und
Righteous Remembrances
History
Rachel Shepherd
en
Civil Society - Whose Job is it to Guarantee We All Live in One?
History
Nance Adler
en
How I used Survival in Sarajevo in a Greek school
History
Katerina Efraimidou
en
Beyond Boundaries
civic activism
Jerome A. Price
en