Following the 25th commemoration of the genocide in Srebrenica on 11 July 2020, the Amsterdam Center for European Studies and the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES) and the Faculty of Military Sciences (FMW) of the Netherlands Defense Academy start a multi-year interdisciplinary research project 'Facing Srebrenica and the future of memory in Europe'. The research focuses on the visual legacy of Srebrenica and the UN peacekeeping mission and its importance for the future of the "never again" pledge in Europe.
At the request of relatives and the Srebrenica Memorial Center in Potočari, and with the support of Dutchbat veterans, a sustainably accessible online database is being built as part of this research. This will include a large collection of private photos of life in the enclave, taken by Dutchbat soldiers during their stay in the enclave in 1994 and 1995. The research is led by Erna Rijsdijk (Faculty of Military Sciences, NLDA) and Guido Snel (ACES and ARTES, UvA). With a video clip they call on Dutchbat veterans to share their photos for this project with them:
Facing Srebrenica is an initiative of project leader Erna Rijsdijk and Guido Snel. Snel traveled to Srebrenica at the end of 2019 and reported his experiences in the week prior to the commemoration on 11 July in De Nederlandse Boekengids: about the stories that the survivors carry with them and about our and his own relationship to the war.
The project Facing Srebrenica will also be part of an exhibition in collaboration with Framer Framed, which opens on 5 September.