The Srebrenica–Potočari Memorial and Cemetery for the Victims of the 1995 Genocide welcomed the news that Germany’s President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will reconsider whether to award Israeli historian Gideon Greif, known in Bosnia for his denial of the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide.
Greif was the head of a commission set up by Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity, which published the report that denies the fact that what happened in the eastern Bosnian town was genocide.
Steinmeier was supposed to award Greif with the Order of Cross for Special Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in Tel Aviv on November 10, but the ceremony was cancelled.
“President Steinmeier was one of the participants in the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the genocide against Bosniaks in the UN safe zone. His message of support to the victims of genocide and the work of the Srebrenica Memorial Center at the time was unequivocal. Without going into the content and not disputing other achievements and work of Gideon Greif when it comes to the crime of the Holocaust, we consider it inadmissible not to take into account Greif's contribution to historical revisionism and politicization of the Srebrenica genocide when deciding on one of Germany's highest awards,” the Srebrenica Memorial Center said.
“We hope that the facts related to his work in the so-called “Independent International Commission to Investigate the Suffering of All Nations in the Srebrenica Region from 1992 to 1995” will contribute to changing President Steinmeier's decision,” it said.