Bosnian War photo exhibit comes to Duke

From Staff ReportsMarch 3, 2013 

— Duke University will present an exhibit of photography from the Bosnian War starting Tuesday.

The traveling exhibit “Survival in Sarajevo: The Story of La Benevolencija – Jews, Muslims, Croats and Serbs Working Together During the Bosnian War, 1992-1995,” runs through March 29 at the Jameson Gallery in the Friedl Building on Duke’s East Campus, 1316 Campus Drive.

The exhibit features nine large panels, each filled with black-and-white photos from a different period of the conflict. Many of the pictures by photojournalist Edward Serotta depict members of La Benevolencija, a Jewish organization that brought together volunteers from rival ethnic groups to provide humanitarian aid during the war.

“Survival in Sarajevo” shows how residents of the city made it through the Serbian siege, which lasted more than three years and led to 11,000 deaths. The exhibit’s final panels show the rescue convoys out of the city organized by the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which brought 2,300 to safety.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the gallery with a short talk by Beth Holmgren, who chairs Duke’s Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies.

In addition to the exhibit, the Duke Center for European Studies will hold a seminar March 16-17 for North Carolina teachers to help them develop lessons about Jewish history and the Holocaust.

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