The Graves: Srebrenica And Vukovar
by Eric Stover
This book is the harrowing account by Eric Stover, with photographs by Gilles Peress, of how, from a hell of mud and decomposing bodies, Haglund began to piece together the victims' identities and the terrible ways they died. Over 40,000 Muslim refugees were living in and around Srebenica when it fell to the Serbs, under General Ratko Mladic in July 1995. Of the men who fl...more
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Scalo Publishers
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The Graves is a sobering book that follows the UN forensics team while they excavated numerous graves around Srebrenica and Vukovar in 1996. We hear first hand testimony from the survivors, and see photos of the grave sites, giving the reader a powerful combination of evidence to the genocide. It also touches on the failure of the UN to stop such events from happening. Between an unwillingness to put UN Peacekeepers in harms way during the war (highlighted by a quote form a survivor that “the UN...more
Elegantly concise, this book did a lot for me. I came into it knowing nothing of the Serbian genocide, but the authors provided just the right amount of political/ethnic background information and history to set the stage for the tragedy. More than that, this work is a detail of the forensic anthropolical team's work to uncover the mass graves after the tragedy, and finally begs to ask the question after WWII and Rwanda, why does the world so readily forget these horrendous crimes?