Eyewitness: My Journey to the Hague (Hardcover)
Before April of 1992, Isak Gasi was a world-class athlete and community leader, content to live a quiet life with his wife and infant daughter in the Bosnian city of Brčko. He never could have dreamed that within just a few short years, he would come face to face with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and others indicted for war crimes, as a lead prosecution witness at the International Criminal Trials for the Former Yugoslavia.
Eyewitness is an accessible history that joins the personal story of a man who was close to the action with the war's broader historical and political contexts. In a world still challenged by ethnic violence and refugee response, this story of justice, forgiveness, and truth will resonate with readers for many years to come.
~ Adam Moore, Assistant Professor of Geography, UCLA, and author of "Peacebuilding in Practice: Local Experience in Two Bosnian Towns"
“The story of Isak Gaši is at the same time horribly ordinary and incredibly extraordinary. His experience of having his everyday existence in Yugoslavia and Bosnia interrupted by war—being arrested, viciously beaten, and becoming a refugee—is all too ordinary, and is a fate shared by hundreds of thousands of other people. Yet his story as an elite athlete; and the manner in which he was, with his wife’s courageous intervention, rescued from near certain death; and how he bravely went on to testify in some of the most important war crimes trials at the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, makes his story extraordinarily compelling. As such, this book richly deserves to be read widely by both the general public and by those readers particularly interested in the collapse of Yugoslavia and the ensuing wars of the 1990s.”
~ Christian Axebo Nielsen, Associate Professor, University of Aarhus in Denmark, specializing in Eastern European studies
“'Eyewitness' is captivating for a number of reasons. The story is well told. It’s history up close and personal. . . . What’s provocative and riveting, however, is the horrific struggle between good and evil that transcends Luka, Bosnia, and Yugoslavia, and mirrors what’s inside us all.”
~ June Darling, Ph.D., author of "Mind-Bending Chats with Great Thinkers" and "Becoming Artists of Life"