Latnika Perović

Latinka Perović was born in Kragujevac (Serbia) in 1933. She is one of the best known Serbian historians and politicians. At the age of 27 she was already presiding over the Anti-Fascist Front of Women of Serbia. She served as secretary of of the Communist Alliance of Serbia from 1968 to 1972. The leadership of the Communist Alliiance of Yugoslavia removed her from the post of secretary in 1972, fearing that her convictions were too liberal. After she was removed, she dedicated herself to historical research and is renowned as an expert in Serbian 19th-century and contemporary history.

The Duško Kondor Award for Affirmation of Civil Courage is being given to Latinka Perović of Belgrade, because, fully cognizant of the risk she was undertaking, she demonstrated civil courage with the following:

• She attempted to democratize, modernize and liberalize the political vision in socialist Yugoslavia for which she was removed from the political scene at the time;

• She was one of the most outspoken critics of Serbian nationalism, especially Slobodan Milošević and his regime. She called his political system a culture of murder – guilty for the sufferings of others but also of Serbs;

• She has often declared that Serbia needs politicians who will assume public responsibility for the crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia in order to facilitate reconciliation with the neighboring states and prevent a repeat of similar tragedies;

• She even felt that the NATO bombing of Serbia could be blamed, in part, on the Serbs: "This is, again a question of politics invoking the bombs, (...) it is a question of a flat rejection of compromise, incurring the most serious possible consequences," she said;

• She was one of the first in Serbia who referred to the crimes committed in Srebrenica as genocide.

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BOOKS

  • Chronicle of Evil; Konjic: 1992 – 1995

    Chronicle of Evil; Konjic: 1992 – 1995

    Goran Sarić's war diary is an extraordinary testimony about his and my town Konjic during the last Bosnian war, which can be taken as a paradigm for the representation of the war on the entire territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina under the control of the Army of BiH.

  • Lazar Manojlović, a Man who does not give up

    Lazar Manojlović, a Man who does not give up

    The Book of Sorrow and Monition (Knjiga tuge i opomene) by Lazar Manojlović consists mainly of his newspaper articles published from 2009th to 2013th in which Manojlović deals with topics that are largely influenced his life and life in general in BiH.

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