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28 February 2024 - 28 February 2024

7:00PM - 9:00PM

Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College

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Join Alicia Fruhwaldova and Smajo Beso, as they share their own stories of rebuilding lives after the devastation of war and reflect on the fragility of peace This event is presented for staff and students by St Aidan's College as part of Durham Global Week

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Alica Frühwaldová (74) lost the love of her grandparents and other relatives because they were killed in the concentration camps during World War II. However, she did not turn this grievous loss into hatred and anger. Instead, she transformed it to love, generosity and hope. Hope that the family's fate will never recur again. In her book, she remembers the inconceivable suffering of her family, but at the same time, she highlights good and brave people who did not hesitate to help save her parents, risking their own lives. 
Smajo Beso was seven years old when war broke out in Bosnia Herzegovina in the former Yugoslavia in 1992. His father and several male relatives were tortured in concentration camps, as Bosnian Muslims became targets of so-called ‘ethnic cleansing’ and genocide.  Several family members were also murdered.
 In 1994 Smajo and his family came to the UK as refugees and built a new life in the North East. Today he teaches architecture at Newcastle University and has played a key role in organising Holocaust Memorial Day and Bosnian Genocide commemorations across the country. In 2020, he founded the Bosnian Genocide Educational Trust and was recognised with an OBE for services to genocide education and commemoration in the 2023 New Year Honours List.d


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