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UK Bosnian Memory Archive

The UK Bosnian Memory Archive is the first archive dedicated to collecting and preserving stories and original materials of those who were affected by the Bosnian Genocide. The archive focuses particularly on the lives of the UK Bosnian Community before, during and after the war, as well as those that worked in Bosnia and here in the UK with the Bosnian Community such as journalists, aid workers, and friends of the community.


In 2022, it was 30 years since the first Bosnian refugee arrived in the UK escaping the Bosnian Genocide. There are around 25,000 Bosnians currently living in the UK, however, in comparison with documentation of Holocaust survivors, there is very little documentation about their experiences of fleeing the Bosnian Genocide and finding refuge in the UK. The existing documentation or record is scattered, endangered and in many cases inaccessible. This archive will attempt to consolidate all meaningful record of the UK Bosnian Community.


Recording survivor stories helps us identify and preserve this heritage by providing a voice for those who would otherwise not be heard. It also provides us with an invaluable learning resource that is readily available online to researchers, teachers, artists, individuals, future generations of Bosnians and residents of the UK.

How to get involved?


We are constantly adding to our archive and would love to hear from you if you feel you have a story to share, of yourself or a loved one, or any objects, videos or materials to donate. Please get in touch using our contact form or email address provided.

“You’ve listened to my words

I’ve told you all I know.”


Mak Dizdar

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