Croatia: Holocaust Memorial At Jasenovac Joined By Wreaths For Victims of Communist Crimes

 

Croatian government leadership and members of parliament officially hold memorial service at Jasenovac for victims of the Holocaust Friday 22 April 2016 Photo: Slavko Midzor/Pixsell

Croatian government leadership
and members of parliament
officially hold memorial service
at Jasenovac for victims of the Holocaust
Friday 22 April 2016
Photo: Slavko Midzor/Pixsell

Some politically inclined Jews and Serbs in Croatia and outside will understandably keep telling you that Jasenovac camp was a death camp where Croatian WWII Ustashi regime exterminated many thousands of Jews, Serbs, Roma and anti-regime Croats. That has been the official history so far, written by WWII victors and communists of Yugoslavia. The same people will tell you that anyone pointing to and attempting to get justice for the victims of communist crimes at the same place after WWII ended is acting badly, is attempting to relativise the crime of Holocaust, water it down, unacceptably revise history…

 

On the other hand, a number of historians, witnesses and researchers of post-WWII Jasenovac camp will keep telling you that Jasenovac camp was also a camp of communist purges and exterminations, which was kept open as such until 1951, well beyond the end of WWII in 1945 and well hidden from “world’s eyes” as such, behind the closed borders of Tito’s Yugoslavia for several years after the war had ended.

 

These historians, witnesses and researchers stand for the truth for all victims but sadly, with politically motivated agendas, are often labeled as neo-fascists, historical revisionists…I have become tired from repeating this sad fact over and over again, but, it must be done if truth and justice are to eventually win the adoration of most.

Jasenovac 22 April 2016 President of Croatian Parliament Zeljko Reiner lays a wreath to honour te memory of victims of the Holocaust Those perished in the camp betweek 1941-1945 Photo: Slavko Midzor/Pixsell

Jasenovac 22 April 2016
President of Croatian Parliament
Zeljko Reiner
lays a wreath to honour the memory
of victims of the Holocaust
Those perished in the camp betweek 1941-1945
Photo: Slavko Midzor/Pixsell

Most, if not all, major world media outlets will tell you that on Friday 22 April 2016 Croatia has held the official memorial service, sponsored by the Croatian parliament, at WWII Jasenovac death camp for tens of thousands of people murdered by Nazi Germany’s allies. That, officials laid wreaths to victims of the Ustashe regime, which incarcerated Jews, Serbs and others in brutal conditions. That the official memorial service was boycotted by Jewish and Serb groups because, they say, the Croatian government has not acted against use of Ustashe salutes by individual nationalists etc.

 

However, these leading world media outlets will not tell you that there were, nevertheless, representatives of the Croatian Jewish community at the memorial in Jasenovac on Friday 22 April, e,g. Jewish Community Zagreb, Vladimir Bogdanic and that Branko Lustig, the renowned Hollywood film Director (Schindler’s List), an Auschwitz camp survivor, was there representing the president of Croatia who was abroad at the time of the memorial. These leading media outlets will not tell you that the Roma organisations representatives attended the official memorial of 22 April in numbers. Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic led a silent column of officials who laid wreaths at the memorial to the victims on the 71st anniversary of a mass break-out from the camp at the end of the war, among the attendees were a large number of parliamentarians of Croatia and therefore any boycott of this official memorial can only serve as an embarrassment for the boycotters.

Representatives of Croatian National Platform lay a wreath at Jasenovac for victims of communist crimes as well on Friday22 April 2016 for the first time ever in this place of piety. Photo: Maxportal

Representatives of
Croatian National Platform
lay a wreath at Jasenovac
for victims of communist crimes as well
on Friday22 April 2016
for the first time ever in this
place of piety.
Photo: Maxportal

More telling of the bias of these main world media outlets is that they will not tell you that for the first time since its existence this year’s memorial at Jasenovac did not mark piety just for the victims of the Holocaust – it marked the victims that are said are there mixed up with Holocsaust victims but are victims of Yugoslav communist crimes. Murdered there, buried there and counted as victims of the Holocaust! So claim historians and researchers. On Friday 22 April 2016, representatives of the Croatian National Platform (HNP) organisation laid a wreath at Jasenovac for the victims of “1941 – 1951” at Jasenovac. This was a bold and courageous move and its consequences, if any, will be interesting to follow. World history records that Jasenovac camp closed in 1945 but this strongly claims it did not!

For all those that perished here at Jasenovac between 1941 and 1951 Ribbon on wreath laid 22 April 2016 Photo: Maxportal

For all those that perished
here at Jasenovac
between 1941 and 1951
Ribbon on wreath laid
22 April 2016
Photo: Maxportal

 

According to sources, between 1945 and 1951 communist Partisans brought some 50,000 mostly Croatian soldiers POW’s, to Jasenovac, many of whom were murdered there. This truth was forbidden during communist Yugoslav regime and it has only been since 1990’s that serious research has been undertaken on the matter. The HNP representatives bearing the said wreath at Jasenovac on Friday 22 April did not get a warm reception – in a resistance to their wreath they were sent to seek permission from the director of Jasenovac Memorial Centre, Natasa Jovicic, who responded by asking them not to worry about Curator Pejakovic’s attempt to ban the wreath, to just lay the wreath as everyone has the right to lay wreaths for the dead. When her attention was drawn to what was written on the wreath – “For all those that perished here between 1941 and 1951” she shrugged her shoulders and indicated to the direction where wreaths were being laid.
Jasenovac is a place of great pain and sadness, of remembering and warning,” wrote the eldest Jasenovac Holocaust survivor, Peta Molnar, and emphasised “it must not be a place of hatred!” How potent will these words be for some of the evidently pro-communist Jewish and Serb lobby in Croatia, who had chosen to boycott this year’s official memorial at Jasenovac, is anyone’s guess. Whether they or others will interpret the wreath for the victims of communist crimes at Jasenovac as relativisation of the crime of Holocaust seems no longer important for the truth as, it, the truth of communist crimes is breaking through for us. Restless times on these issues are ahead and no doubt much resistance towards further unraveling of communist crimes. Keeping my ears to the ground on this one – as always, for the victims. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

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  1. Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  3. It is about time that at last some thruth is comming out that Yugoslav communists and their regimes have lied about victims of Jasenovac. Jugoslav partizans in co-operation with Derbian fasists – cetniks have commited genocide on croatian people, children, mothers and fathers.

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  4. There seem to have been many crimes. I don’t know enough of the history

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  5. Slow as it may be, I hope the full truth is allowed to unravel. If it is an embarrassment to some then more fool they for clinging to the ideology that allowed those crimes to be committed.
    Thank you for opening eyes and minds Ina.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  6. May the world learn from these tragedies so they can rest in peace.

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  7. Sad chapter in Croatia’s history. But now we need to own our history – no more accusations, no more lies and propaganda that benefit only the Serbs. The truth will set us free, but as we have all witnessed there are many who do not want Croats to be free.

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  8. “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” ― Mark Twain

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    • So true, Sunman but in our case let’s hope that Twain’s meaning spills into “slowly but surely” as far as Croatian truth’s setting the ground right. lastingly

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  9. I would like to mention here that I and Stipo Pilić did lay flowers for all victims in Jasenovac in 2009, shortly after the first document about the post-war camp Jasenovac was found. We didn’t ask for anyone’s permission to do it. It’s a public space and everybody has the right to remember our dead. Hopefully, from now on more people will be doing it

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    • How good to hear Blanka and yes everyone does have a right to lay flowers for the dead there and what you did in 2009 has this time become closer to a publicly accepted truth (when I say publicly I mean those who still by those who hid the truth since WWII) providing extra wind for the research you have done and contribution you are making for the truth of Jasenovac. Kind regards and thank you

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  10. Dragovoljac says:

    No surprise that the Jews boycotted it, communism was in many ways a jewish created system so their communist darlings being held up as murderers will upset the tribe.

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    • Thank you Dragovoljac, your comment was added to in order to reflect the truth that many Jews, indeed leading ones in Croatia, were members of the communist party during WWII and fought with Tito in the Partizans for Yugoslavia and against Croatian independence.

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  11. Hello Ina !

    Regards,
    Aliosa.

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  12. ProudJewish says:

    DELETED as inappropriate and without corroboration…My family owned 8 houses in Croatia I have started the court cases to return them from the looters living in them.

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    • Good for you Proudjewish – I hope you win your court cases and get your family property back. The looters you speak of are/were Yugoslav communists/Croat communists who nationalised everything taken from Jews during WWII instead of returning it. So greatest of luck and it is only just that the property is returned. I myself am assisting some from abroad to pursue similar cases as Croatia’s legislation provides for that.

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  13. Well wrote. War crime had happened all around the world and must be knowledge and remember, so that future generation will not repeat the crime. Croatia and Italy had suffer a lot by both extremism of right and left. Hope never to happened again.

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    • I hope that also Luigi – WWII and WWI had sides none of which the world should see again but I fear that will not be until the history is re-written to reflect the full truth, not cover-up one side’s crimes and show-up another.

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  14. CroatianPatriot says:

    Ina vukic did you hear the latest defense arguments from high ranking Serbs during the 90s war? DELETED as irrelevant to post

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    • Croatian Patriot – I doubt you are one, or if you are your comments need moderation and you know why … as to defenses used by any Serb or anyone I cannot comment as to facts behind them – I will let the courts decide on those defenses. To me Serbs attacked Croatia from within and from outside as they did not want Croatian territory independent even if it was within internationally set borders. After that what happened, happened and if defending ones life meant attacking another so it is in war.

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