In the 1980s and 90s the Seiko 5 Automatic wristwatch, which used the motion of the wearer to stay wound up and working, was popular among Bosnians.

After the #genocide in #Srebrenica, investigators used these watches to estimate the time and date their owner had been murdered.
Bosnian Serb forces had denied they had committed a genocide executing innocent civilian Muslims. They claimed the mass graves contained men killed in battle as part of the war.

However, investigators found evidence the men and boys in the graves had been blindfolded...
... Some were naked or wearing civilian clothing.

Several Seiko watches were also found. As they were kept wound up by motion, the watches stopped 36-48 hours after the wearer stopped moving.
The watches gave such a reliable estimation of when their owners were murdered that they were presented as evidence in court when the perpetrators were charged with the crime of genocide.
In our 'Days to remember' resource we explore more #artefacts like this, which tell us about the experiences of people affected by genocide.

You can download the resource for free here to use in your #HolocaustMemorialDay activity:…

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