Poetry event to commemorate Europe’s largest mass killing since the Holocaust

On Thursday 12 July,  we will be hosting a special event alongside Batley Poets where community leaders, members of the Bosnian community, local councillors and representatives from local and national charities will come together to commemorate the worst mass killing in Europe since the Holocaust.

A terrible tragedy

Between 11 and 16 July 1995 8,372 Bosnian men and boys were massacred by Serb forces in the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia. In 2009 the European Parliament declared 11 July to be the official Memorial Day to commemorate this tragedy. Last year we passed a formal resolution to annually mark this tragic anniversary.

How are we remembering?

The commemoration will take place from 1pm till 3pm at Batley Library. Batley Poets who will be reading poems about the genocide and related themes submitted to their website by members of the public. The Mayor Of Kirklees, Cllr Gwen Lowe, will also be attending. The event will include guest speakers and film showings related to the terrible events of 1995. Tickets to the event are available on Eventbrite here.

If you would like to contribute a poem on the genocide or related themes you can do so at the Batley Poets website

A selection of the best contributions will be read out and displayed at the event.

You can learn more about the massacre on the remembering Srebrenica website 

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