Latinka Perović was born in Kragujevac (Serbia) in 1933. She is a well-known Serbian historian and politician.
Aged 27, she chaired the Anti-Fascist Women's Front of Serbia. Secretary of the Communist Alliance of Serbia from 1968 to 1972, the Communist Alliance of Yugoslavia removed her from office because of her "too liberal" beliefs.
After losing this position, she devoted herself to historical research in a ceaseless attempt to democratize, modernize and liberalize socialist Yugoslavia.
Latinka Perović was one of the most outspoken critics of Serbian nationalism, particularly of Slobodan Milošević and his regime. She said his political system was a "culture of murder", which was guilty of the suffering of both other ethnic groups and the Serbs.
After the war, she called for Serbia's accountability, being the first to call the crimes committed in Srebrenica a genocide. Furthermore, she has often stated that Serbia needs politicians who will take public responsibility for the crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia to facilitate reconciliation with neighboring states and prevent similar tragedies from happening again.
She also believes that the NATO bombing of Serbia could be attributed, in part, to the Serbs themselves. "This is, once again, a matter of politics invoking bombs," she said, "it is a consequence of the clear rejection of compromise that causes the worst repercussions.
In 2015, Latinka Perović was awarded the Duško Kondor Prize for the affirmation of civil courage.
This biography is taken from the archive of Duško Kondor Award for Civil Courage. We would like to thank Svetlana Broz for providing the material to the editorial staff.