Deep wounds

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By Chuck Sudetic, Blood and Vengeance: One Family's Story of the War in Bosnia. (Norton, 393 pp.)

In her 1961 account of the Adolf Eichmann trial, Hannah Arendt wrote about the "holes of oblivion" into which the Third Reich intended to makes its victims disappear. But communicating the experience of terror to others involves frustration, risk and uncertainty. Can the horrific reality be rescued from oblivion? The atrocities committed when Serbs attacked the Croatian city of Vukovar in 1991 took place less than a morning's drive from Vienna, but for many in the West they might just as well have happened in the fictional jungles of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

 

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