Among those who lived through that hell was the journalist Rezak Hukanovic, whose riveting memoir is the first autobiographical account of the crimes against humanity that were committed by the Bosnian Serbs. Through his unbelieving eyes, we see the patina of civilization stripped away from aggressor and victim alike, revealing a bottomless brutality that calls into question all our notions of human decency. In the death camps of Omarska and Manjaca, Hukanovic and his friends, colleagues, relatives, and neighbors were subjected to terror, torture, and grisly death, as the rest of the civilized world stood by and wrung it's hands.
The stories he tells are haunting and damning. Once again it seems we must learn the lesson of 50 years ago, for as Elie Wiesel points out in his foreword, "It is false to pretend that we did not know what was happening." Rezak Hukanovic's powerful testimony reminds us of a moral truth so often forgotten: "never again" does not mean "so long as it's convenient"; it means "never again."
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A harrowing first-hand account of the Omarska and Manjaca camps, vividly described by one of its survivors... The Tenth Circle of Hell is so moving because it gives faces to the victims as well as their persecutors.
A poignant and overwhelming, often unbearable account, by a man who has witnessed and lived in the flesh the tragedy of the oppressed and the persecuted oof the former Yugoslavia.
Hukanovic is fortunate to have survived his journey into hell, and we are fortunate to have his unforgettable account of it. -- Author of Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War
This little masterpiece [is] a portrait of a dark time and place...A book of stunning power and truth.