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Jews and Muslims gather to mark 28th anniversary of Srebrenica genocide

It “is a stark reminder that brutal consequences of unchecked hatred and bigotry did not end with the Holocaust,” said Menachem Rosensaft of the World Jewish Congress.

Menachem Rosensaft, associate executive vice president and general counsel of the World Jewish Congress, speaks at an event recalling the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, July 10, 2023. Source: Twitter.
Menachem Rosensaft, associate executive vice president and general counsel of the World Jewish Congress, speaks at an event recalling the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, July 10, 2023. Source: Twitter.

The Conference on Collective Memory, an initiative supported by the World Jewish Congress and other nonprofit groups, hosted an event earlier this month at the Srebrenica Memorial Center in Potočari, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It drew thousands of participants who came to memorialize the Srebrenica genocide in 1995 against Bosnian Muslims by Serb forces. A total of 30 caskets with newly identified remains were buried at the memorial center’s cemetery, where about 7,000 of the more than 8,000 victims have been buried, according to the World Jewish Congress.

“The Srebrenica genocide is a stark reminder that brutal consequences of unchecked hatred and bigotry did not end with the Holocaust,” said Menachem Rosensaft, WJC associate executive vice president and general counsel.

Rosensaft described a “moral obligation” to “ensure that the atrocities committed against Bosnian Muslims, like those against Jews at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, remain an integral part of the world’s collective consciousness.”

Julian Reilly, British ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, shared photos on July 10 from the event, tweeting: “It is a global responsibility to remember the Holocaust, genocide, all innocent victims and to confront denial.” 

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