After the Fall: Srebrenica Survivors in St. Louis

After the Fall: Srebrenica Survivors in St. Louis


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War in the Balkans dominated headlines throughout the 1990s, displacing millions of ordinary people and renewing debate over responses to genocide in the modern era. St. Louis is home today to nearly 20,000 refugees from war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, one of the largest concentrations of any city in the United States.

As awareness of the large Bosnian community in St. Louis grows, relatively little is known about the actual lives and experiences of these refugees. After the Fall looks at the impact of the war and the reality of "ethnic cleansing" in the life of one extended Bosnian family in St. Louis.

Through richly textured photographs and compelling first-person interview narratives, After the Fall tells the story of the Oric family from the city of Srebrenica, survivors of the 1995 fall of the United Nations-declared "safe area" and what has been called the single greatest atrocity in Europe since the end of World War II.

Important for those interested in human rights, photojournalism, immigration, and regional history, After the Fall opens a door of understanding on a significant new community in St. Louis of people rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of one of the twentieth century's most brutal conflicts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781883982362
Publisher: Missouri History Museum Press
Publication date: 11/28/2000
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

About the Author

Patrick McCarthy is a librarian at Saint Louis University and founder of the St. Louis Bosnian Student Project.

About the Photographer

Tom Maday is a Chicago-based photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and other magazines.

David Rohde is winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting on the fall of Srebrenica.

Table of Contents

After the Fall
Srebrenica survivors in St. Louis
Text and interviews by Patrick McCarthy
Photographs by Tom Maday
Foreword by David Rohde
Translation and interpretation by Lejla Susic

What People are Saying About This

Norman Cigar

After the Fall succeeds in bringing Srebrenica, one of the most chilling examples of genocide in Europe since the end of World War II, down to the human level. This is a primary source that will keep its relevance for years to come and will be a classic in its oral history approach. (Norman Cigar, author of Genocide in Bosnia: the Policy of Ethnic Cleansing)

Robert Coles

Here is extraordinary documentary work, done with great thoughtfulness and with a moral energy that ought give all of us plenty to consider -- a book has become a collective witness, on the record, of humanity as it struggles against terrible odds to endure. (Robert Coles, M.D., child psychiatrist, professor of social ethics at Harvard University, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Children of Crisis series.)

Studs Terkel

Srebrenica is no longer an exotic word. It is a metaphor for man's inhumanity to man. Tom Maday's photographs and the victims' words, through Patrick McCarthy's probings, offer us a searing portrait of madness --as well as heroism. (Studs Terkel, oral historian, interviewer, and author of The Good War, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize)

Stevan Weine

The layers of truth that reside in McCarthy and Maday's book of words and images give it a special place amongst survivors' accounts of genocide. Americans will grow from hearing this nightmarish story of a family come to its heartland by way of epic nationalistic crimes and international complicity. No less impressive is the strength and beauty it reveals about how survivor families adapt and find meaning in a new country. The book shows that the struggle over the future of Bosnia and its people is a struggle over memory, which is what's at stake whenever these stories are told, including in its American diaspora in St. Louis. (Stevan Weine M.D., author of (When History is a Nightmare: Lives and Memories of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina)

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