Survival in Sarajevo. Jews, Muslims, Serbs and Croats working together during the Siege of Sarajevo, 1992-1995

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The Bosnian-Serb siege of Sarajevo lasted for more than three years, starting in April 1992. Electricity, water and food supplies were cut off and only sporadically supplied, 11,541 citizens were shot by snipers or killed by mortars - right in the heart of Europe.

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. 

This exhibition (and the accompanying short film) 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  The exhibition has been underwritten by JDC (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee), The Milton and Rosyln Wolf Foundation, IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) and the Austrian Education Ministry.

The exhibition is available: 

- in German and English (for European institutions), consisting of 10 panels, @ 280x230cm

-in Bosnian and English (for institutions in former Yugoslavia), consisting of 10 panels @ 280x230cm

Each panel tells a separate chapter of this story. Panels are printed on both sides - they cannot be put up next to walls. 

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!

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:

  • 20 large boxes: dimensions of one bag with one folded panel in it: 100cm x 70cm x 10 cm
  • 10 smaller boxes: dimensions of one bag with one folded panel in it: 30cm x 70cm x 10 cm
  • Total approx. weight: 420kg

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For Europe, contact Fabian Rühle: ruehle [at]


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