Berlin (AP) —The German government has discontinued plans to give Israeli historians the highest honor of the country in criticism of his work on the genocide in Bosnia.
German news agency dpa reported on Friday that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs withdrew Gideon Greif’s nomination to receive the German Order of Merit. Bosnia’s news portal klix.ba first reported the decision, citing a letter sent by German authorities to a German-based historian.
Greif, who has done extensive research on the Holocaust, was part of an international panel of historians who published a long report in June: Thousands of Muslims were killed in Srebrenica in 1995 Did not configure genocide.
The report, commissioned by hard-line Bosnian-Serbian leader Milorad Dodik, was widely dismissed by other historians.
Towards the end of the 1992-95 war in Bosnia, more than 8,000 Bosnians (mostly men and boys) were slaughtered around Srebrenica by the Serbian army of Bosnia. The genocide was declared a genocide by international and national courts, but Serbian leaders in Bosnia and neighboring Serbia downplayed it, and in some cases, despite overwhelming evidence of what had happened. Denied.
I couldn’t immediately ask Graef for comment.