Frank Westerman / Frank Westerman – The Battle for Srebrenica

Frank Westerman – The Battle for Srebrenica

Frank Westerman – The Battle for Srebrenica

About the book

July 1995. Serbian fighters murder thousands of Muslims from the Srebrenica enclave, a safe haven under the protection of Dutch blue helmets. What does Dutchbat do? It watches as men and women are separated, drives refugees out of its base and fills the diesel tanks of the vehicles in which Bosnian Muslims are deported.

The battle for Srebrenica is not over yet. Crucial questions surrounding the fall of the enclave remain unanswered, relatives are still seeking recognition and justice, soldiers are struggling to come to terms with their trauma while their superiors are summoned to appear before a judge.

Now, twenty years after the fall of the enclave, Westerman has brought together his most enduring and revealing work about the Balkans from his time as a correspondent. In the afterword he examines the lasting emotional damage done to the soul of the Dutch people by the events at Srebrenica.

After half a page in the new Frank Westerman I see it once more: this is the master himself at work. – Trouw

Adroitly written reportage with a personal tinge, exhibiting much factual knowledge. – NRC Handelsblad

Press on Choke Valley:
A great book. Modern, urgent and suspenseful. – Laurent Binet (author of HhhH)


Frank Westerman (b. 1964) is the author of major bestsellers including The Republic of Grain (Lou de Jong Prize 2000), El Negro and Me (Golden Owl 2005) and Choke Valley (shortlisted for the AKO Literature Prize 2014). His books have received many other awards and nominations both at home and abroad and his work has been published in sixteen languages.

© Keke Keukelaar

Additional book information

  • non-fiction
  • ISBN 9789023492214
  • Number of pages: 304
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 17,90