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Following translations into English, German, French, Polish, and Japanese languages, the book which inspired the creation of the War Childhood Museum is now, with the support of the Italian Embassy to BiH, available to Italian-speaking audiences as well. The “War Childhood” book, authored by Jasminko Halilovic, was translated into Italian by 22 students of the “G. Parini” School of Linguistics, Italy, under the guidance of professor Valeria Terruzzi

The motivation of professor Terruzzi and her students for this collective undertaking was to bring the memories that comprise the book closer to the Italian audiences by translating them to their language.

For us, this was the first opportunity we had to experience history outside of facts and dates that fill textbooks. Having carefully thought about every single word found inside this book, we now feel we know all those who shared their memories here. We are grateful to them for allowing us insight into such private, touching, and important matters.

Students“G. Parini” School of Linguistics, Italy
Italian edition of the book in WCM library

The Ambassador of Italy to BiH, Marco Di Ruzza, stated on occasion: “I was eager to suggest that the Embassy provides direct support for the Italian edition to my friend Jasminko. In fact, the initiative is fully in line with the “track two” notion, which characterizes our cultural diplomacy in Bosnia and Herzegovina: that is to say, a flexible, effective tool that serves to consolidate bilateral relations and contribute to still complex reconciliation processes in BiH. At the same time, it is essential for the country’s European perspective, and, not accidentally, specifically included in “14 key priorities” defined by the European Commission in May of 2019.”     

Halilovic and Ambassador Di Ruzzo at the WCM birthday event, holding the book

Jasminko Halilovic added the following: “Over the years, I met many Italian visitors to the Museum, from families and journalists to school groups, who would ask me whether we had the Italian edition of the “War Childhood” book. I am incredibly happy to be able to say now that the edition is out thanks to the collaboration with 20 young Italians. Moreover, I am especially grateful to the Italian Embassy in Sarajevo, the longtime friend of the War Childhood Museum, for the support they gave to this project. We are always delighted to join in the efforts to bring our two countries closer together, and we hope that the Italian edition of this book will contribute to that aim.”