As suspected the symposium on Ivo Andric organized by University of Graz professor Branko Tosovic along with the Visegrad municipality was a joint project to give Andricgrad an “intellectual” dimension.
Write to University of Graz Rector Prof. Dr. Christa Neuper :
and tell her what you think about Prof. Tosovic’s decision to ignore Visegrad victims and to recommend Vilina Vlas for their guests.
Below is a sample letter you can sent to the above email address:
Dear Prof. Dr. Christa Neuper,
It has come to my attention that the recent symposium on Ivo Andric held in Visegrad was organized by Prof. Branko Tosovic, a professor at your University.
Prof. Tosovic ignored numerous emails sent by Visegrad survivors, Bosnian and foreign intellectuals pleading not to use Vilina Vlas motel (war-time rape motel for at least 200 Bosniak women and girls). under any circumstances. He repeatedly ignored our emails.
On the other hand, I was pleased to hear that the Director of the Institute for Slavic studies, visited Straziste cemetery and paid respects to Visegrad victims. Flowers in the name of the Institute were placed on the central monument in Straziste.
This issue was picked up by Bosnian and Serb media and I must say that Prof. Tosovic’s role has given a negative image of your University to the Bosnian public.
I think that an apology and visit to Straziste cemetery by a delegation of University of Graz, including Prof. Tosovic would be appropriate.