15 minutes - The Dvor Massacre

Georg Larsen / Kasper Vedsmand

Croatia, Denmark 2015, 59 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Croatian , Danish, English, Serbian

Subtitles: English

In the summer of 1995
Jørgen Kold, Danish officer and commander of a UN camp in Dvor, Croatia, made a
decision that would change his life forever. While his soldiers witnessed the
cold-blooded execution of nine disabled persons at a stone’s throw from the
camp, he refrained from intervening.

Synopsis


The Danish battalion in Dvor was originally mandated to
uphold the ceasefire between Serbs and Croatians, with the soldiers being
authorized to use their weapons in self-defense only. After the ceasefire had
come to an end in the summer of 1995, ‘Operation Storm’ forced some 250,000
Serbs to flee. The end of the ceasefire left the UN soldiers without mandate;
they received orders to remain within the boundaries of their camps and to
refrain from further intervention in the war.


When the soldiers witnessed how nine innocent disabled
persons were slaughtered only a few yards from the camp in the summer of 1995,
their commander Kold forbade them to intervene on the grounds that he did not
receive the go-ahead from his superiors.


Kold returns to the crime scene twenty years later to face
the moral dilemma that has haunted him ever since. He speaks to former
commanders of both sides and listens to the heartbreaking reports of survivors.
Should he have ignored the order to prevent the massacre? Or was he a victim of
failing UN policy himself?

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