Where am I?

Humanitarian recognized for work with Bosnia Memory Project

By Timothy Brown

September 1, 2010

While living in Prijedor during the Bosnian genocide and war, Amir Karadzic risked being detained or worse by taking notes on the situation unfolding before his eyes.

After immigrating to St. Louis during the war, Karazdzic began looking for ways to educate the people around him about what happened in Bosnia from 1992-95. This is how he met University professors Jack Luzkow and Ben Moore.                         

Working in collaboration, the trio began the University’s Bosnia Memory Project, which has produced “Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide,” an exhibit which debuted at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center and has since travelled all over the U.S.        

The project and Karadzic’s individual efforts have made him a nationally recognized figure on Bosnia, and have led to Karadzic being awarded the Jason Sommer Dedicated Semester Award during this year’s academic convocation on Sept 1.

Karadzic has helped orchestrate numerous events for the Project, has spoken on the genocide to students enrolled in the course, “The Bosnian Immigration: Narrative Memory and Identity,” and has been a “key person” at developing a relationship between the University and the Bosnian community, Moore says.

Karadzic has long played an integral role in the St. Louis Bosnian community, having spearheaded an organization called the Union of Citizens of the Municipality of Prijedor that maintains a connection between Bosnians from his hometown and his adopted city of St. Louis.