Germany withdraws honor from Israeli scholar from Bosnia report
Berlin abandoned its decision to award an Israeli Holocaust historian who recently suggested that the 1992-1995 massacres of Muslims in the Bosnian War were not genocide.
The German government has abandoned its plan to give the country’s highest honor to an Israeli historian amid criticism of his work on the genocide in Bosnia.
German news agency DPA reported on Friday that the Foreign Office had withdrawn his candidacy for Gideon Greif to receive the German Order of Merit. Bosnian news portal klix.ba first reported on the decision, citing a letter German officials sent to a historian based in Germany.
Greif, who has done extensive work on the Holocaust, was part of an international panel of historians who in June published a lengthy report suggesting that the murder of thousands of Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995 did not constitute genocide. .
The report, commissioned by hardline Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, has been widely dismissed by other historians.
Over 8,000 Bosnians, mostly men and boys, were massacred around Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb forces towards the end of the 1992-95 war in Bosnia.
The massacre has been declared genocide by international and national courts, but the Serbian leadership in Bosnia and neighboring Serbia played down and in some cases denied it, despite overwhelming evidence of what happened.
Greif could not immediately be reached for comment.