Our seminar, in chapters

What do we know about World War One

What do we know about the World War One? Our perception of the conflict and its consequences is influenced by the society in which we grew up.

On the traces of the First World War

World War One did not start in Sarajevo, but the assassination of Franz Ferdinand happened here. Traces of this event can still be found in the city scape of today’s Sarajevo.

Peace after World War One: an unaccomplished challenge?

The “war which will end all wars”, as it was called, ended on November 11, 1918. However, the peace didn’t last more than twenty years.

Consequences of the war: Living in post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina

Every post-war society faces various problems. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, what could be the solutions to strengthen the dialogue between people?

“Peace must be around you and in you”

Kemal Šalaka is a peace activist and a former under-aged soldier during the war of the 90s. He started a project called “Children of war to children of peace”.

Attending the 11th-November-1918-commemoration-ceremony

Attending the 11th-November-1918-commemoration-ceremony at the Monument to the killed French soldiers in front of the French Embassy. Before and after the ceremony we discussed about the role of monuments and commemorations in peace-building. Click to the first picture to open the gallery.  

The seminar

November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice between Germany and the Allies and therefore the official end of the First World War. But the end of the military hostilities did not mean the establishment of peace. How did governments, societies and individuals try to overcome the war and to establish and maintain peace in the years after the First World War? The question «How to get out of the war and to establish peace» was not only a crucial question after 1918 – and experienced very differently in Bosnia and Herzegovina, France and Germany at this time – , it is also a question of highest importance today: More than twenty years after the 1992-1995-war and the Dayton Peace Agreement, the society in Bosnia and Herzegovina remains very divided, and many share the impression that a real peace has not yet been established. To what extent can working on the post-war-period in Europe after 1918 be a stimulating contribution to the reflection on the current situation in Europe and on today’s post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina ?

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20 students

The seminar gathers 12 students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, 4 from France and 4 from Germany.

5 days

The program consists of visits, debates and worskhops

5 productions

The participants created 5 multimedia productions presented on this website.



The seminar gathers 20 students : 12 from Bosnia and Herzegovina, 4 from France and 4 from Germany.

Organized by

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Forum ZFD Bosnia and Herzegovina, in cooperation with the Embassy of Germany in Bosnia and Herzegovina and of the Embassy of France in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the support of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mission du Centenaire.