U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Researcher Documents and Covers Trial of Bosnian War Criminal Ratko Mladic

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Accused War Criminal Ratko Mladic in 1993 (PHOTO CREDIT: EVSTAFIEV MIKHAIL)While serving as a Goldfarb fellow with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience, journalist Michael Dobbs Dobbs has assembled a comprehensive resource of the evidence amassed against Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic, whose trial for orchestrating the largest massacre in Europe since World War II began last week in The Hague.

This information is hosted on the Museum’s website at www.ushmm.org/mladic-files, and over the next few months Dobbs will provide regular reporting and coverage as the trial unfolds.

The Mladic Files: An Exploration of Atrocities in the Balkans  provides a multifaceted account of the case against Mladic, who has been indicted for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed during the 1992–95 Balkans conflict, including the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 that led to the deaths of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslims.

Dobbs hasincluded on the site maps and documentation that show where massacres were carried out and the efforts of the perpetrators to hide them; presents annotated pieces of key prosecutorial evidence; features interviews with principal participants, including victims, eyewitnesses and prosecutors, in the case, and more.

“To date ‘The Mladic Files’ has not only provided a solid foundation for understanding what can be expected as the trial unfolds, but also provides insight to the thinking of the key players – victims, eyewitnesses and prosecutors” said  Michael Abramowitz, Director of the Committee on Conscience, the Museum’s genocide prevention program.  “This historic trial will play an important role in determining if Mladic’s actions constituted genocide. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is pleased that, through our fellowship program, Dobbs has been able to collate and make accessible to the media and the public some of the key evidence that otherwise might have remained buried in the court’s files,” he added.

In addition, in the upcoming months, Dobbs will examine the core  issues of the the case, such as whether this genocide could have been prevented, whether bringing to justice those responsible for mass atrocities helps bring justice for the victims, and whether the system of international justice that has been evolving since the Holocaust, is still relevant today.

Dobbs will be posting his reports on the Museum’s site at www.ushmm.org/mladic-files, and is also maintaining a blog in cooperation with Foreign Policy magazine at  www.foreignpolicy.com.

As part of its genocide prevention efforts, the Museum has long shone a spotlight on the atrocities in the Balkans and in particular the massacre at Srebrenica. The Museum has been monitoring the arrests and trials of those accused of genocide and crimes against humanity in the region.

The Committee on Conscience, the Museum’s genocide prevention program, works to alert the national conscience, influence policy makers, and stimulate worldwide action to confront and work to halt acts of genocide and related crimes against humanity.

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, visit ushmm.org.

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