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Educating Youth in BiH on the Holocaust in Višegrad Countries


Ehlimana Memišević and Jasmin Hasić worked on an international educational project “Genocide Studies – Legal and Historical Analysis of the Holocaust in the Visegrad Countries.” They designed a course for the undergraduate students of law and legal studies, which examined the history of the Holocaust within a multi-contextual legal comparative approach in the Visegrad countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland. This interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course incorporated impulses from legal history, as well as from the social sciences.

It revolved around four major subject matters. The first issue concerned the conditions and circumstances related to conceptualization of the Holocaust in the V4 legal systems. The second looked at what happened once genocide has been set into motion and closely examines the further historical course of events in the Visegrad countries. The third component looked at the consequences: what happened in different societies of the V4 countries after an episode of mass violence and genocide. The fourth analyzed the mechanisms for the prevention and combating of genocide, as well as drawing lessons for the future in all four countries.

As a part of the project, they decided to create a course reader which would incorporate the key texts on the topic. After selecting the titles, they proceeded with translation and publication of the book.

Dr. Hikmet Karčić helped with the editing of the volume, while Selma Gondžetović Puška was in charge of translation and proofreading. The book was officially published in August 2017, and promoted at the Faculty of Law (Uni Sarajevo) in September. The event drew huge media attention, and was attended by representatives of all Visegrad Countries embassies in BiH.

More information about the reader can be found here.


  • Course reader book promotion at the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Law, 2017
  • Course reader book promotion at the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Law, 2017
  • Course reader book promotion at the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Law, 2017
  • Course reader book promotion at the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Law, 2017

The reader included the following articles and chapters:

  • Bauer Y. (2001): What Was the Holocaust? in Rethinking the Holocaust, Yale University Press (pp. 1-13).
  • Gruner W. (2015): Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, in Gruner W. and Osterloh J. (eds): The Greater German Reich and the Jews Nazi Persecution Policies in the Annexed Territories 1935–1945 Berghahn Books (pp. 99- 136).
  • Rothkirchen L. (2005): Gateway to Death: The Unique Character of Ghetto Terezín – Theresienstadt chapter 9. in The Jews of Bohemia and Moravia: Facing the Holocaust (pp. 233- 265)
  • Paulovičová N. (2013): The “unmasterable past”? The reception of the Holocaust in postcommunist Slovakia in Himka J. and Michlic J. (eds): Bringing the dark past to light : the reception of the Holocaust in postcommunist Europe (pp. 549-590).
  • Kovács A. (2016): Hungarian Intentionalism: New Directions in the Historiography of the Hungarian Holocaust, in Braham R. and Kovács A. (eds): The Holocaust in Hungary, Central European University Press (pp. 3-24).
  • Braham R. (2000): Ghettoization, Concentration, Deportation, chapter 6 in The Politics of Genocide: The Holocaust in Hungary, Wayne State University Press.
  • Clendinnen I. (2002): The Auschwitz SS in Reading the Holocaust, Cambridge University Press.
  • Ambrosewicz-Jacobs J. and Szuchta R. (2014): The intricacies of education about the Holocaust in Poland. what can Polish school students learn about the Holocaust in history classes, Intercultural Education Volume 25, 2014 – Issue 4.
  • Wiesel E. (1968): A Plea For The Dead in Legends of our Time, Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
  • Levi P. (1989): The Gray Zone, in The Drowned and the Saved, Vintage International Publishing.