Discussions and film screenings will examine the worst crime to be committed on European soil since World War II: the crimes against humanity in the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Presenting selected scenes from the play Common Ground, directed by Yael Ronen at the Berlin Gorki Theater, we look at the continuing influence of war crimes on the generations that follow. The conflicting perspectives on the conflicts and mass crimes of the 1990s within the former Yugoslavia states show that this debate is far from resolved and continues to deeply affect the lives and attitudes of the younger generation.
This is particularly evident in the failure of statehood and the absence of even a minimum level of political consensus in countries such as present-day Bosnia.
Bernd Lange and Hans-Christian Schmid: Sturm – Filmbuch, Frankfurt a.M. 2009
Slavenka Drakulic: They Would Never Hurt a Fly: War Criminals on Trial in The Hague, London 2004
Kirsten Campbell: Legal Memories: Sexual Assault, Memory, and International Law, Signs Vol. 28, No1, 2002.
On the Furundzija case on rape and sexual assault as a war crime, different concepts of memory (testimonial memory, memory as reproduction of reality, memory as opinion or belief), and the construction of legal memory.