Understanding Srebrenica

As the Mladic trial begins, the question of what exactly happened at Srebrenica — and who is to blame — is still controversial. For years, even the location of the bodies of many of the men and boys was unknown. In preparation for the trial, I have spent the last eight months investigating the events ...

International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia
International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia
International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia

As the Mladic trial begins, the question of what exactly happened at Srebrenica -- and who is to blame -- is still controversial. For years, even the location of the bodies of many of the men and boys was unknown. In preparation for the trial, I have spent the last eight months investigating the events of the days surrounding the killing of thousands. This project has led to an in-depth exploration of where Mladic was during the killings, one of the key questions that both sides of the case will try to answer during the trial. You can see a roundup of some of what I've discovered about the critical four days when the executions were carried out, as well as some useful background information on the case, here.

As the Mladic trial begins, the question of what exactly happened at Srebrenica — and who is to blame — is still controversial. For years, even the location of the bodies of many of the men and boys was unknown. In preparation for the trial, I have spent the last eight months investigating the events of the days surrounding the killing of thousands. This project has led to an in-depth exploration of where Mladic was during the killings, one of the key questions that both sides of the case will try to answer during the trial. You can see a roundup of some of what I’ve discovered about the critical four days when the executions were carried out, as well as some useful background information on the case, here.

Michael Dobbs is a prize-winning foreign correspondent and author. Currently serving as a Goldfarb fellow at the Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Dobbs is following legal proceedings in The Hague. He has traveled to Srebrenica, Sarajevo and Belgrade, interviewed Mladic’s victims and associates, and is posting documents, video recordings, and intercepted phone calls that shed light on Mladic's personality. Twitter: @michaeldobbs

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