‘Playing Srebrenica’: Theatre plays in the Netherlands regarding Srebrenica

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Nearly 25 years ago a genocide took place in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. While the international community failed to intervene in the Bosnian civil war, the Bosnian Serbs killed 8372 Bosnian Muslims and thousands were forced to leave the region. In the past decades, the genocide has been commemorated in both Srebrenica and elsewhere in Europe, exhibitions have been organized and the survivors have tried to find justice and truth. Also theatre and music have been part of the coping strategies and truth seeking, and are important cultural practices of victimhood. In this chapter, I will research theatre plays in the Netherlands and their function in the public debate about the role of the Netherlands, the Dutch government and the Dutchbat soldiers in relation to the Srebrenica genocide.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenocide and Victimology
EditorsYarin Eski
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781138311718
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Srebrenica
  • Genocide
  • Theatre
  • The Netherlands
  • truth
  • coping


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