War and Peace in the Balkans
In twelve short films, leading historians from eight countries guide us through the experience of the war in South Eastern Europe. “The key strategic points of World War I are in the Balkans,” says Misha Glenny. “A lot of blood was shed in the Balkans. This is little recorded.” In Germany and France, approximately 4% of the population perished. But in the Balkans, the numbers are much higher – shockingly so. Innocent villagers were hanged in reprisal for partisan raids; entire towns were emptied to serve the labour needs of the military occupiers; and hundreds of thousands were forcibly uprooted or killed. Millions died from malnutrition and disease, found themselves stateless or became orphans.
In addition to the twelve short films and to the exhibition, War and Peace in the Balkans consists of a documentary film, a catalogue and an educational programme for children.