Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
David Rohde Collection on Srebrenica
This research collection contains correspondence, eyewitness accounts, transcripts of phone conversations and other intelligence material, reports of human rights NGO, interoffice memos, briefing materials, copies of military logbooks, declassified United States government, United Nations (UN) and NATO documents and (copies of) photographs, as well as clippings and stories from major international and local newspapers and magazines. Extensive declassified UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR) communications arranged chronologically reveal the day-by-day unfolding of mass atrocities from the perspective of the peacekeeping units on the ground.
The materials, covering the events preceding, during and after “the fall and betrayal" of the UN-protected ‘safe area’ of Srebrenica in July 1995, were created, collected and donated to the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives by David Rohde in 2002.
An investigative journalist and, currently, executive editor of the newyorker.com, David Rohde covered the wars in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Christian Science Monitor in 1994-1995 and was the first Western journalist to write about mass graves immediately after the systematic killing of over 8,000 Muslim civilians by the Bosnian Serb Army in Srebrenica in July 1995. For his coverage of the events, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1996. A year later, he summarized his experience and findings in a book entitled Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre Since World War II.