ICL: BOSNIA: THE WAR AND ITS AFTERMATH by Jean Gora, 3 Sessions, Tuesday, April 2 - 16, 10:10 am - 12:10 pm
BOSNIA: THE WAR AND ITS AFTERMATH-TRYING TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE AFTER THE NIGHTMARE by Jean Gora
The Bosnian Civil War killed 100,000 people and lasted from April 6, 1992, to December 14, 1995, when the Dayton Peace Agreement went into effect. In civil wars, people decide whether and how to participate. Some are instigators. Some follow their lead and organize others. Some massacre their neighbors. Many people do not participate. This class examines how certain politicians decided to launch the Bosnian war and what they and many other people did in response. It draws on – among other things -- the records of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which called to account individuals bearing the greatest responsibility for atrocities committed during the Bosnian War. The class will include one documentary on life in Sarajevo under the 1,425-day siege, (which killed almost 13,000 people) and another on the incendiary mass atrocities in Visegrad, a town where Ivo Andric’s 1961 Nobel-prize-winning novel, The Bridge on the Drina, is set. It will also address the roles of Croatia and Serbia in the Bosnian civil war, and it will provide background on the history of the region.
Bosnia is a lovely place to visit but a difficult place to live. The class will present many photos that illustrate that fact. It will also examine the current government structure and show some of the many ways ordinary people are trying to lead normal lives. Bosnia, the size of West Virginia, has a population of about 3.5 million, down 1 million people since the beginning of the war. Fewer people live there than live in metropolitan Atlanta. Much of it looks like the mountains of North Carolina and Georgia.
Jean C. Gora retired in 2008 from a 33-year career as a researcher for the banking and life insurance industries. She has a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MA from Johns Hopkins University. She taught two previous ICL classes, one on the financial crisis and one on life under the Third Reich. Jean lived in Europe in the 1950s and so saw it as it was beginning to recover from World War II; it provides a useful lens through which to view the aftermath of the Bosnian War. She has travelled for business and pleasure ever since, including an October 2018 visit to Bosnia (Sarajevo, Visegrad, and Mostar), Croatia, and Montenegro. A close relative is Bosnian. Jean has had an interest in war crimes since 1971, when attended one of the My Lai massacre trials and knew the lawyers involved in the all of the cases.