Smilja has repeatedly said in public that she knew exactly at whose house her family’s furniture, her mother’s piano and a rich collection of paintings had ended, but also that her “comrades” advised her not to talk about it too much or draw attention to it. Later, at the end of the war, she visited Jasenovac, where a former inmate, a Jewish doctor from Sarajevo who worked as a gravedigger, showed her exactly where her father ended up and described the method of execution. That traumatic experience forever marked her life and steered the direction of her academic work. After the war, Smilja Avramov became a professor of international law at Belgrade Law School, but also one of the world’s largest experts on the relatively new issue of genocide as a legal category. The categorical imperative comes in the form of dedicated and dedicated pedagogical work with students at the faculty, where she was regarded as one of the most beloved of professors, but also through the collection of historical material and scientific literature for a major study of genocide against the Serbian people in NDH. Due to her insistence on the word “genocide” in her lectures to students, and in relation for the monstrous crimes in the NDH during World War II, Professor Avramov suffered criticism from deans and colleagues at the Faculty of Law, and at one point she was expelled from the party.
The decades-long policy of silence and suppression of the truth about genocide against the Serbs in the name of false brotherhood and unity during the Titoist period led to a recurrence of the events of 1941 that Smilya Avramov as a girl survived. The categorical imperative demanded that she put all her knowledge and skills into the service of her people and her country in opposition to the false media image of developments in Yugoslavia, which was tendently created. Her book The Post-Heroic War of the West against Yugoslavia (1998) details the international context and historical circumstances in which the breakup of Yugoslavia took place. The cumulative effects of the protracted external factor process and the hasty recognition of secessionist republics, contrary to the United Nations Charter and the Helsinki Final Act, were a crime against peace, against Yugoslavia and, in the normative hierarchy of the international order, the “umbrella crime” from which all others subsequent crimes stem.
Professor Avramov also gave an extraordinary and comprehensive analysis of the internal mechanism of the destruction of the country with direct insight into the documents that preceded the civil war of the 1990s, given that she, as a member of the Serbian negotiating group, participated in the negotiations with the Croats agreed at the Milosevic-Tudjman meeting in Karadjordjevo, which the Croatian side left on its own initiative in April 1991, followed by attacks on the JNA barracks and the outbreak of conflict. This book is a true documentary treasure trove that not only satisfies the curiosity of lay readers interested in a better and fuller understanding of the mechanisms of crisis in which we find ourselves as a people, but also a legacy for scientists and researchers to address in the future. In addition to the 1992 Genocide in Yugoslavia in the Light of International Law, the “Post-Heroic War of the West against Yugoslavia” formed the basis of her later principal, two-volume work “Genocide in Yugoslavia 1941-1945, 1991-…”, Which constitutes a synthesis of all her acquired knowledge and the scientific endeavors, as well as the crown of efforts to tear away the suffering of her family and her people from oblivion. It should be noted that this book is of invaluable importance, as well as all others within its collected works, published by the Belgrade Academy of Diplomacy and Security, which has made a huge contribution to the culture and history of Serbs.