Eyewitness: My Journey to The Hague
By Isak Gaši and Shaun Koos
Seeing historic events through the eyes of those who experience them firsthand can open our hearts and minds to a deeper understanding of the humanity that underlies those events. Personal stories contribute an empathy that a mere review of historical timelines and contemporary headlines lack.
Eyewitness: My Journey to The Hague, by Isak Gaši and Shaun Koos, gives readers an intimate look into the horrors of the Bosnian War of 1992 to 1995. Gaši paints an engaging picture of a quiet life with his wife and infant daughter in the Bosnian city of Brčko, which was supplanted by terror and murder in the streets. His story takes the reader into the Luka death camp with its unfathomable cruelties. He tells of coming face-to-face with Serbian President Slobodan Milošević and other political leaders, of his family’s attempt to flee the genocide, and of testifying at the International Criminal Trials.
Co-authors Gaši and Koos carefully weave the politics of the war into the personal story, highlighting the devastating effects of the rise of nationalism in the Balkan states. The story illustrates plainly and poignantly how nationalism resulted in cold atrocities and in one of the most devastating humanitarian crises of the modern age.
Released March 30, Eyewitness was published by Brandylane Publishers, an independent press located in Richmond.
Reviewed by Annie Tobey
Hardcover, 270 pages, $29.95