Budapest exhibition examines Srebrenica massacre

Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:16am EDT
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By Krisztina Than

BUDAPEST, June 25 (Reuters Life!) - Brutal evidence recording how Serb forces killed thousands of Muslim men at Srebrenica in July 1995 comes to light in the shocking minute detail of a staged exhumation site at a new exhibition in Budapest.

The Open Society Archives (OSA), an archival laboratory working under Budapest's Central European University, has staged a show on the notorious Srebrenica massacre using the grim documentation accumulated over the past 15 years during criminal and forensic investigations.

The exhibition opened on June 2 and runs until July 2.

Walking on grass, with police ribbons cordoning off part of the room, visitors see the records and photos displayed on a large X-shaped white cross, as if marking an as yet unopened mass grave.

The exhibit shows records collected during the exhumation of mass graves, videos, photos, and the testimonies of survivors who tell of the thousands of Muslim men and boys killed after their U.N.-protected "safe area" zone fell into the hands of Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Ratko Mladic.

"The main goal of the exhibition is to present ..the facts on the ground," said Csaba Szilagyi, human rights archivist and curator of the exhibition.

"We wanted to give a concrete answer to the question who did what to whom because we believe that without clarifying these things we cannot really talk about the other aspects of the Srebrenica story."

Szilagyi said the exhibition focused primarily on the investigation into what he says was clearly "the worst massacre on European soil since the Holocaust."   Continued...