Croatia: Betrayal Of Truth In Face Of Relentless Serb Aggression

Serbian delegation at Jadovno, Croatia 21 June 2015 Aleksandar Vulin, left

Serbian delegation at Jadovno, Croatia
21 June 2015
Aleksandar Vulin, left

Reactions by the Croatian government, the Opposition and the office of the President to the attacks made on Croatian soil by Serbia’s minister for employment and social affairs, Aleksandar Vulin, against Croatia’s  Blessed Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac and the practice by which all victims of WWII and post-WWII, regardless of who committed the murders – whether Nazis, Fascist or Communist – deserve same respect and compassion, have been appalling.

On Sunday 21 June 2015 Serbia’s minister Vulin represented Serbia’s government at the commemoration for the victims that perished at the WWII concentration camp Jadovno run by the Ustashe. The commemoration was organised by the Serb National Council (SNV), the Co-ordinating Body of Jewish Municipalities in Croatia, the Karlovac Serb Orthodox diocese, and the Association of Anti-Fascists and Anti-Fascist Fighters of Croatia.
Serbia’s minister Aleksandar Vulin came there with the intention of offending today’s Croatia and today’s Croatian people, and the truth about Blessed Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac who is due to be pronounced a saint by the Vatican. In an angry and hateful voice Vulin shouted as he repeatedly referred to Aloysius Stepinac as the “Ustashe Vicar”:
What do I say to the murdered Serbian children who after 74 years, on the streets of the most beautiful cities, hear the same song and names of those who had thrown them into the pit? What kind of a life is it that recommended the Vicar of the Ustashe to be made a Saint,” insinuating ominously that WWII-style fascism fills the streets of today’s Croatia.
Vulin then yelled, as if struck by vicious rabies, that the “same hands cannot lay wreaths at Bleiburg and Jasenovac”. With the latter he meant that the victims of the Holocaust and the victims of Communist crimes cannot be considered equally as victims! Even if both groups were butchered or slaughtered by equally brutal means and politically similar intents. This is so very wrong and the world and truth have no chance of peace with such views.
There have certainly been many efforts across the world by various personalities in differentiating between the victims of the Holocaust and the victims of Communist crimes. Efforts to place victims of the Holocaust much higher than those of Communist regimes on a scale that measures some concocted “severity of victimhood” – as if being a victim of murder isn’t a state of equal atrocity in all circumstances. The tantrum and the insulting words said by Serbia’s minister Vulin on Croatian soil must be condemned and discredited strongly by Croatian state leadership. All we’ve heard from them so far is that “Croatia is above Vulin’s provocation”, “Vulin is not our problem, he is not Croatia’s problem … Vulin is Serbia’s prime minister’s problem”, “Vulin does not deserve attention”, “this is not the time nor the place to react to such statements”… Appalling! Evasive! Half-baked! Offends!
Not good enough!

 

Undoubtedly, there are those who argue that responding to a fool’s words (and Vulin is a fool, to say the least) dignifies both the fool and his/her words and so, it’s best not to react, not to reply…The problem with this train of thought is that by following it one actually achieves the exact results that the fool (Vulin) wanted and these are: the wounding and the hurt of the people one is supposed to protect from hurt!

 

Vulin is Croatia’s problem because he insults the truth, he insults the Croatian people who live and have lived and have given their lives for the Croatian truth! Every Croatian politician, every leader must protect and defend that truth and not permit anyone to spit on the memory of the truth such as the one that comes with the goodness of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac and the suffering of all victims of crimes inspired by any motives.
Not a single Croatian leader had, at least, reminded Serbia’s minister Vulin, and thereby – Serbia, that Croatia’s WWII Archbishop Aloysius Stepinac is being prepared for sainthood in the Catholic Church because of his good deeds, which include his significant role in saving many Jews, Serbs, Roma etc. from WWII Nazi extermination! After all, all are aware of indisputable research findings by Dr. Esther Gitman (Rescue and Survival of Jews in the Independent State of Croatia, 1941-1945) and yet failed to mention even that in response to Vulin’s profound insults to the truth!

Blessed Alojzije (Aloysius) Stepinac Oil painting Croatian Church Chicago

Blessed Alojzije (Aloysius) Stepinac
Oil painting Croatian Church Chicago

What chance has the truth got without its champions; without its champions whose voices are heard far and wide? None!

What truly offends every decent human being is that Vulin comes from Serbia to condemn the Nazi-led exterminations in WWII Croatia and neither says or suggests even a tiny squeak about Nazi-led exterminations in Serbia under prime minister Milan Nedic and the Chetnik butcher Draza Mihailovic, executed after WWII for collaboration with the Nazis and rehabilitated by today’s Serbia – Vulin’s Serbia!

Serbia's Prince Pavle Karadjordjevic with Adolf Hitler

Serbia’s Prince Pavle Karadjordjevic with
Adolf Hitler

Vulin’s WWII Serbia was the second country in Europe, after Estonia, to be declared “Judenfrei” (Jew Free) as it exterminated 94% of its Jews by mid-1942. It collaborated with the Nazis with open arms and, sadly, there was not a single politician in Croatia last week that took the time to remind the world of this fact – loudly and decisively rejecting Vulin and his hateful speech at Jadovno.

Serbia's World War II  Prime Minister Milan Nedic Delivers a speech of Holocaust support

Serbia’s World War II
Prime Minister Milan Nedic
Delivers a speech of Holocaust support

The places for Vulin’s condemnation are on Serbia’s sites of the WWII concentration camps Sajmiste, Banjica, Topovske Supe … not on Croatia’s sites! I have had enough of Serbia’s leaders pointing fingers at WWII camps in Croatia in order to hide those in Serbia! I am so desperately disappointed at Croatia’s leaders for failing to protect the whole truth of WWII and failing to show Vulin the way back to Serbia and Serbia’s perished Jews and Romany people at the hands of Serbia’s WWII thugs.

Banjica concentration camp, Serbia World War II

Banjica concentration camp,
Serbia World War II

Vulin as almost all Serbs I have come across, met or read about, are very eager and willing to talk about the Holocaust in Croatia, because the dominant narrative there is that Serbs perished with Jews! But if you ask them about Serbia, it is a remnant of how things were seen in the communist Yugoslavia era, in which there was no recognition of the Holocaust in Serbia! Also – no recognition of extermination of Romany people even if they did perish alongside the Jews in WWII Serbia. And if one stumbled upon some recognition of the Holocaust in Serbia then that Holocaust was somebody other than Serb’s fault! Well the occupying Nazi did not and could not achieve the extermination of Jews in Serbia without crucial collaboration from the Serbs and Serbia’s government.

Serbia's World War II Prime Minister Milan Nedic with Adolf Hitler

Serbia’s World War II Prime Minister
Milan Nedic with Adolf Hitler

Vulin’s hateful speech at Jadovno, Croatia, Sunday June 21, is another notch that clearly demonstrates the fact that when sponsoring Holocaust memory Serbia actually has other ideas in mind rather than promoting human and minority issues. In Serbia the Holocaust memory is utilised and tailored in such a way that while in theory it preaches human and minority rights, in practice, it not only actually promotes nationalism and Serbian victimhood “but also disguises the discourse on the role of Serbia in the wars of the 1990’s…This role of victim turns out to be a comfortable one for shutting down any political spaces where open public discussions on the role of Serbia in the wars of the 1990’s would be possible: if I am a victim I cannot be responsible for anything, and no one can argue with me because it would be showing a lack of respect for a victim. It is actually a powerful position and it is used to escape any responsibility for the crimes in the wars of 1990’s,” (History and Politics in the Western Balkans, Srdjan M. Jovanovic and Vjeran Stancetic, 2013) and it is used to escape any responsibility for WWII and any other wars in which Serbs butchered mercilessly. The latest example of obscene use of tailored Serbian victimhood is in Serbia’s announcement that Serbia and Serbian Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina (created on genocide such as Srebrenica, on ethnic cleansing) will jointly be commemorating August 5th as the Remembrance Day of Serbian Victims and Deported! Remember, August 5th is the day that Croatia celebrates victory the 1990’s Serb aggression and occupation!

Serbia says it wants to join the European Union. That process will surely require more work in resolving regional tensions that originate especially from WWII, post-WWII and during the 1990’s wars of Serb aggression since communist Yugoslavia crumbled. Hopefully the process will bring pressure on Serbia to confront the fate of many thousands of Serbian Jews. Serbia is a signatory to the non-binding 2009 Terezin declaration, Holocaust Era Asset Conference , committing to return property to the families of Holocaust victims and to ensure mass graves are identified and protected. Even if the implementation has been stalled – it will come, it will, it must. Perhaps the lack of due reaction from Croatian leadership to Vulin’s insults against Blessed Aloysius Stepinac and victims of communist crimes has something to do with the fact that Croatian leadership, like Serbia’s is filled with former communists who have divided the most valuable assets belonging to exterminated or exiled Jews among themselves after WWII! Hopefully, the process of reaching EU membership will also bring pressure on Serbia to own up to the atrocities it perpetrated in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1990’s.
Serbia lags alarmingly behind several of its neighbours in recognising the crimes committed against Jews on its soil. Neighbouring Hungary, Croatia and Macedonia each have museums dedicated to the Holocaust. A small museum in Serbia, founded in the 1960s, looks at the general history of Jews in Yugoslavia. Serbia has mastered the art suppressing its ugly truth and the art of air brushing certain historical episodes while burnishing others to its undeserved benefit and it seems Croatia’s leadership is letting Serbia’s envoys blacken it’s brilliant son – the Blessed Aloysius Stepinac – on its own soil. It seems Croatia’s leaders of today are going along with Serbia’s efforts to suppress its own WWII ugly history! How painfully disappointing! The huge elephant in the room – the Croatian enemy that Serbia still is – exists; stop pretending it does not! Croatian people deserve better words and deeds from their leaders than what they experienced around the Vulin insults at Jadovno last Sunday 21st June. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

Comments

  1. I don’t understand why Croatia would in any way support Serbia for EU entry. It is against our interests of Serbia being in the EU. I don’t see how it benefits Croatia in any way. In fact Serbia as part of the EU hurts Croatia. Within the EU Serbia will have a platform for further denigrate Croatia and propagate its lies and propaganda. Greater Serbia will be achieved quicker in the EU through constant propaganda without any checks and balances: psychological, behaviorial and attitudinal methods will achieve greater Serbia…it’s simple marketing, reach and frequency always achieve desired intent. Time for Croatia to wake up and start to learn lessons in truth, diplomacy and bar knuckle politics. Maybe a course on Machiavellian politics is in order.

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    • Certainly, Sunman, Aleksandar Vulin’s latest unprovoked outburst of hate and lies at Jadovno give a taste of what it will be like in EU if Serbia enters, so Croatia needs capable politicians who are swift in replies and filled with knowledge that would shut any rambling lunatic Serb up, one does not hold much hope though given that the Serbian Prince, with blood ties, albeit distant but still ties, exercises some power and Britain is likely to stay in the EU…

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  2. yeseventhistoowillpass says:

    I knew quite a bit about that period of time but reading this gives me more knowledge!

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  3. History then and now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Your writing is amazing!

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  5. Simply put: Stop entry from anyone east of Drina to Croatia

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    • That would be a drastic move, Dragan, but certainly if someone doesn’t respect Croatia and in fact does it damage then yes they would be denied entry by good standards of practice

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      • Ina that is not drastic to be honest if they want to stay in their delusion greater Serbia bubble let them. Its better that they they and their ilk are treated like the plague so they don’t screw us over for what is it the, 100th time in our nation’s history with all their victim bullshit and inflation when they aided in killing all of their neighbors, especially us, and their “orthodox brother” Bulgaria. Hell even the Hungarians closed their border to Serbia and there is no EU outcry over this. If anything close the borders and cutoff all diplomatic and any economic relations for a hundred years and if anyone tries to open them (SDP, Milanovic, Jospivovic) up they should be tried as a traitors and given the maximum sentence of being sent to live in Serbia with their citizenship being revoked for life.

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      • Certainly, Jure, must keep guard at all times – Hungary has the right idea

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  6. Thank you for the detailled historic information.
    Shocking political behaviour – I share your frustration.

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  7. Such lying, two-faced, pieces of shit. Well done Serbia, give yourselves a pat on the back for once again spitting on the very victims you claim to care so, so much about. I guess just like the victims of Bleiburg, victims of Serb Nazism just aren’t as important as those elsewhere. I know, we should chip for a memorial named Memorial for Victims Serbia Thinks Just Weren’t Victims Enough Because it Takes Away from Their Victim Complex. Bit long winded, but it gets the point across.

    I guess it’s all worth it in the end; spit on victims, dishonour their memory, be they victims at Bleiburg or within Serbia, as long as Serbia keeps their narrative going. I think the greater Serbia policy has a created a population of delusional sociopaths.

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    • Pencil me in for a donation towards that Memorial – Kat – I’m careful at opening morning news dreading what the Serbs will come up with next. Just awful

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  8. Great writing! Keep telling the truth. I’m adding you in my prayers.

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  9. Current Croatian politicians in power obviously do not have the gonads to do what is necessary in situations like this. But how can they…do we not have some 7 odd Serbian Ministers in our parliament??!!
    And they are suppose to be a maltreated minority in Croatia. Yeah right!

    The only person that made a strong comment was Ruza in calling to make Vulin a persona non gratis. The EU will call her a hard-core nationalist and dismiss her as an extreme neo-nazi right winger when in fact she, and Kolinda, are the only ones looking after our national interests.

    I think Sunman above said it best. When Serbia enters the EU and the Schengen, our boarders will be totally open to them, and they will come to dominate us again. Demographically they outnumber us. But more importantly, they have had 113 years longer then us to develop their diplomatic, political and secret service networks in the world. Not to mention the royal link with the courts of European royalty where they enjoyed and still enjoy privileges we never had. They have had all that time to twist and revise history in their own best interests.

    When the hell are we ever going to learn?!

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  10. Sad a out the past but I will pray for Croatia and their people ♡♡

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