Today in Awesome: The Love of Books – A Sarajevo Story

February 29, 2012 at 9:07 am (Awesome) (, , , )

Here I will note some of the events which have taken place in the city of Sarajevo. For as they say, what has been written endures and what has been remembered fades.”- from Sarajevo Diary (1746) by Mustafa Baseskija, one of thousands of ancient, irreplaceable books saved by a group of library workers during the Siege of Sarajevo from 1992-1996.

These were illuminated manuscripts dating back hundreds of years (and they were very pretty, as you can see here). The efforts of these library workers to safeguard their cultural history during a time when shells were raining down on the city, and snipers were picking people off the street, have been documented in BBC Storyville’s The Love of Books – A Sarajevo Story.

Here’s the full documentary, for as long as it remains on YouTube:


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