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Saving from oblivion the Memory of Genocide Victims


Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska Dr. Dane Malesevic opened “Anatomy of Oblivion” exhibition in the National and University Library in Banja Luka dedicated   commemoration  of  70 years since the breakthrough of prisoners in the Jasenovac concentration camp and the end of World War II.

“I would like to commend the National Library on participating in  commemorating  the anniversary of the breakthrough  of prisoners in Jasenovac concentration camp through   by  this exhibition. There has been a tendency to hide the information from the citizens of the Former Republic of Yugoslavia on what really happened in this region, more specifically in Jasenovac and mostly in Donja Gradina.”, said the Minister.

He also said that every person visiting this site could see the mounds bearing testimony of  horrible crimes.

“That is the reminder which saves from oblivion the memory of many people, and even worse, many children that were the victims of these horrible crimes. Nowhere in the world were children seen as guilty, and these were only guilty because they were Serbs, Roma, Jews. ", pointed out Minister Malesevic.

This exhibition contains different types of material such as posters, promotional material of the pro-fascist movement from the library holdings of the National Library of Serbia, periodicals and handwritten and printed newspapers published in Banjaluka from the period of the Independent State of Croatia.

The librarians of the National and University Library of the Republic of Srpska Vanja Smulja, Spomenka Kuzmanovic and Ljubica Milekic were the authors of the exhibition.

“Considering the fact that none of these librarians is a historian, we tried to represent the victims of genocide in this region in a different way, seeing them as people, not just numbers. ", said Vanja Smulja, one of the authors.

The exhibition was set in London and Istocno Sarajevo, and it will also be presented in other cities throughout  the Republic of Srpska.

“Anatomy of Oblivion” exhibition will be displayed in the National and University Library of the Republic of Srpska until May 18th this year.​

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