Survival in Sarajevo: Friendship in a Time of War

While Milton Wolf was doing all he could through diplomacy to help those in need in Sarajevo, a small group of Holocaust survivors and their children were doing the same - in Sarajevo, in their synagogue. Running the humanitarian aid agency La Benevolencija, the Jews of Sarajevo opened their doors to anyone in need, offering food, shelter, water, medicine, social engagement, and moral support during the war that raged from 1992-1995. In this ethnic war, this was an example of Jews, Christians, and Muslims joining forces to save each other, save their city, and fight hatred. 


Centropa tells this story in an eleven minute multi-media film (see below), and a traveling exhibition that you can view on our website where you see the exhibition panels, photographs from this story that you can download for student lessons, and resources for teaching about the Bosnian War. In addition, you can read more details about the community in Sarajevo and the Survival in Sarajevo story in Edward Serotta's book, Survival in Sarajevo, available used at


We hope you will use these resources in your lessons introducing the Milton Wolf Prize in Student Diplomacy in your class or club, or for teacher lesson submissions. Below you will find photographs of Palm Beach County students attending the opening of the Survival in Sarajevo traveling exhibition in the US Senate in May 2014.





















Above: students from Palm Beach County are docents for visitors to the Survival in Sarajevo exhibition's opening in the US Senate in Washington, DC. The exhibition had been at their school and they had done research and projects using the exhibition. Below: Jakob Finci, head of the Bosnian Jewish community speaks with students from Palm Beach County. 

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