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Please join us for a compelling first-person account by Bosnian genocide survivor Hasan Hasanović, curator and interpreter of the Srebrenica-Potočari Cemetery and Memorial Centre. A reception featuring traditional Bosnian fare will follow the program. This University of Denver Sesquicentennial event is hosted by the Graduate School of Social Work.
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: Boettcher Foundation Community Room, Craig Hall, 2148 South High Street, Denver, CO 80208
Registration: This event is free and open to the public, but you must register online by January 22, 2014.
Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged!
About the speaker:
Born in 1975, Hasan Hasanović moved with his family to the eastern Bosnian town of Bratunac in 1991. When the genocide began the following year, Serbs slaughtered thousands of Bosniaks in towns and villages including Bratunac, and Hasanović's family was forced to move to Srebrenica, a town designated by the United Nations as the first "Safe Area."
Following the assault on Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995, Hasanović and several family members escaped and, with thousands of other men and boys, began a 100-km journey now known as "The Column" or "Death March." Only a fraction of the men, including Hasanović, survived the six-day walk and managed to reach the free territory of Tuzla. Hasanović's father, twin brother and uncle were killed along the way.
Hasanović worked as an interpreter for the U. S. Army from 1995 to 1998. After graduating from the University of Sarajevo with a degree in criminal science, he moved back to Srebrenica in 2009, where now works as both curator and interpreter for the Srebrenica-Potočari Cemetery and Memorial Centre.
Additional information: Contact Richard Bishop, Program Coordinator, at Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-871-3615.