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The Forgotten

Second World War graves in Mostar abandoned and desecrated.
By IWPR

The Memorial Cemetery for Tito's Partisans in Mostar lies derelict, frequently damaged by vandals.

Still officially classed as a national monument in Bosnia, the graveyard for those who fought under Second World War commander and later Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito has been eclipsed by more recent conflict.

At one point, the authorities in Mostar were planning to use the site for theatrical performances, but the idea was shelved after residents protested.

To add insult to injury, the tombstones of Tito's partisans have not only suffered structural damage, but are often defaced with fascist symbols.

This film was produced by IWPR and Mebius Film to mark the 20th anniversary of the start of war in Bosnia, under IWPR's Programme for the Western Balkans and ICTY, funded by the Norwegian government.

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