Our latest Konteksti podcast episode is dedicated to the memories of war. K2.0’s regional editor, Nidžara Ahmetašević, speaks with Jasminko Halilović, founder and director of the War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo.
Halilović established the small museum in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital in 2017, aiming to present the experiences of children who lived through the war. Having grown up in Sarajevo during the war, he had dreamt of opening such a museum since 2010.
It began as an online platform where stories of other survivors were collected, and in 2013, Halilović published a book based on this collection of testimonies. Soon, he started collecting specific objects that represent memories of the war for the people whose stories he was collecting. Slowly, a museum was born.
Since opening its doors, the museum has come to be seen as a real treasure by many of those who have visited, and in 2018 it won the coveted Council of Europe Museum Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the world of museums.
This year, on July 11, the War Childhood Museum will mark the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide with a special exhibition dedicated to the town’s children. We spoke with Halilović while he was out in the field collecting more memories and stories that nobody should forget.
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Feature image: Courtesy of the War Childhood Museum.