Croatia: Vukovar Warriors Need Your Help For Computer Game!

Creating and developing computer war games for wide audiences across the world is, in my books, one of the most successful ways in demonstrating the Croatian truth, which is so often being twisted by the anti-Croatian propaganda. Computer games engage one, immerse one into the world of the truth contained in the game itself. Vukovar, during 1990’s Serb aggression is a symbol of how Croats fought for the Croatian nation against all odds and brutal murder and ethnic cleansing, and I was truly gladdened when recently I came across a project endeavouring to develop and distribute worldwide a computer game titled “Battle of Vukovar”.

As the HRT Croatian radio program broadcasted recently: “The biggest and bloodiest battle in the Croatian Homeland War (Vukovar) inspired young developers who started sketching and writing the script for the computer game Battle of Vukovar a few years ago.

They were joined by veterans from Vukovar in order to make the Vukovar War Computer Game, as hundreds of millions of people in the world play it, as credible as possible. After the Battle of Vukovar, the game will be upgraded with other operations and battles, until the never-before-performed action of the Fire Chariot.”  

I came across the invitation for people, Croatian patriots, from across the world to join the game-building team and asking for donations, as well, so that the project may successfully be developed and launched and distributed. It is a very exciting project I believe and I hope there will be plenty of people taking up the invitation publicised by Mr Damir Plavsic who was one of the commanders in the defence of Vukovar during the Croatian Homeland War and was taken prisoner by the Serbian aggressor and taken to concentration camps in Serbia where he was tortured among many other Croats.

 Damir Plavsic writes:

“JOIN OUR TEAM and ‘Don’t ask what the Homeland can give me, but what I can give for my BELOVED HOMELAND!’

INVITATION TO CROATS IN THE COUNTRY AND IN THE WORLD!

WE INVITE all Croats who can help us in any way in gathering the team and making the FIRST CROATIAN WAR GAME “Battle for Vukovar”. We are looking for young Croatians – PATRIOTS who want to give their contribution and from the heart, VOLUNTEERING, help us start creating a game that will be played by millions of people around the world. Join us and be a PROUD part of the team that will prove that CROATIAN WISDOM and the COMMUNITY OF THE CROATIAN PEOPLE can do a miracle just as the HEROES OF VUKOVAR and Croatian Defenders did in 1991.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR: developers in C ++ and Unreal Engine 5, character and object modelers, young people who know how to make a good promotional video, experts in marketing and advertising, DONORS and everyone else who is willing to help us. Behind this project are the HONORABLE names of Vukovar warriors: First Commander of the Defense of Vukovar, Ivica Arbanas, Vukovar defenders: Ivan doc. Andjelic, Marko Karaula, Zvonko Gelemanovic, Damir Plavsic and many others. Join our group via this link below and help us create another Croatian miracle together.

The account number to which you can deposit your Donations is at the end of the post.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/579893240043242

You can donate money on account:

You can pay your Donation to this account number:

CRO GAME DEVS

Settlement Slavonia I 11

35000 Slavonski Brod

Name of bank: Privredna banka Zagreb d.d.

Address of bank: Radnička cesta 50, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Account Number: HR6223400091111140321

SWIFT CODE: PBZGHR2X

All donors who contributed 500 and more than (EURO, CAD, USD or AUD) will have their name appear in the game credits. (All Donors who pay 500 or more euros, CAD, USD or AUD, their name will be entered in the group ‘Bronze Donors’, at the end of the game.).

All donors who contributed 1,000 and more than (EURO, CAD, USD or AUD) will have their name appear in the game credits and will receive a t-shirt with the team logo from the development team. (All Donors who pay 1,000 or more euros, CAD, USD or AUD, their name will be entered in the group ‘Silver Donors’, at the end of the game and will receive a gift T-shirt with the logo of our team).

All donors who contributed 10,000 and more than (EURO, CAD, USD or AUD) will have their name appear in the game credits and will receive a t-shirt with the team logo from the development team and will receive a card thanking them signed by the whole development team and the heroes of the battle of Vukovar. (All Donors who pay 10,000 and more euros, CAD, USD or AUD, their name will be entered in the group ‘Golden Donors’, at the end of the game, will receive a gift T-shirt with the logo of our team and a special Thank You from the team that made the game and Hero of Vukovar).”

Joining and/or helping this team on its way to develop the computer game “Battle for Vukovar” can certainly mean a great deal in boosting one’s self-pride and the pride of belonging. Because there are very few battles in history that could compare with the battle for Vukovar, in terms of the defence of Croatia, in terms of its great psychological charge which only strengthened the Croatian people’s determination to defend itself from brutal aggression on its way of rejecting communism and establishing democracy and independence from the communist Yugoslavia. Today, Vukovar is still an inspiration to all Croatians, to a nation and being a part of developing a computer game that has the potential of inspiring future generations of all creeds and nationalities in the grandeur of defending one’s self-worth and justice for victims is truly worthwhile.  I hope many of you will respond positively to this invitation to be a part of “Battle for Vukovar” computer game. Thank you! Ina Vukic

Battles For Victims Of Communist Crimes And Croatia’s Homeland War

Damir Markus (L) Charles Billich (C) Damir Plavsic (R)
Phoro: AB

When politicians in positions of relative or specific power in Croatia, especially those beating the drum of integration between Croatia and its diaspora, visit the diaspora, which is made up of all sides of historical political spectrums, one would expect them to park their politics at the door and engage with all sides. Given that those in power in Croatia have so far shown little, if any interest, in ridding Croatia of the stronghold former communists have over the nation’s life, which is plummeting into living standard chaos and desperation for many, one would expect that the side that promotes remembrance of victims and justice for the multitudes of communist crimes that occurred during the life of communist Yugoslavia as well as the victims of Croatia’s 1990’s Homeland War would finally receive due notice, without any reservations. But no, what Croatia still has in its corridors of power is multitudes of unrepentant supporters of the communist system that killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people and chased out in fear for their own life and survival, into the diaspora, equally as many. It still has too many in the corridors of power that avoid reckoning with the Serb and communist Yugoslavia Army aggressors who sought to destroy the Croats who wanted freedom from communist Yugoslavia.

If the spark of a push to decommunise Croatia fails to ignite big fires within the people to achieve decommnisation then the die-hard communist Yugoslavia supporters will go to their graves believing that all the murder had been worth it in order to achieve that deluded fantasy of a “worker’s paradise”, which in reality brought workers to their knees as inflation in the country, by late 1980’s, surged beyond 1100%. So powerful is ideology that a person can be brilliant in certain fields of professional pursuits and yet at the same time totally blind to one form of evil. And communism in Yugoslavia was evil. 1990’s Serb aggression against Croatia was evil.

How one views the extreme, pathological end of an ideology also influences how one looks at its norms. The young in Croatia are distressingly ignorant of the crimes of communist Yugoslavia, they are also ignorant of the fact that Serb aggression against Croatia in early 1990’s was based on intent to murder and intent to ethnically cleanse Croats from their lands (specifically one-third of Croatia that became known during the war [and after the Croats were ethnically cleansed and multitudes murdered] as Republic of Serbian Krajina). They are ignorant of these facts because the powers that be systematically cover-up the crimes or fail to pay due diligence to them and downplay the absolute need for self-defense and self-preservation Croats were forced into.

One way to remedy this situation and set Croatia on the right footing to full democracy based on a reconciled past is commemorate the victims of Communism in the same way it’s done for the victims of all totalitarian regimes. There should be no concept of competition in this as all totalitarian regimes carried almost equal loads of indulgence that resulted in human sufferings.

In dealing with the legacies of fifty-year communist dictatorship in Croatia (as part of former Yugoslavia), the transition to democracy, after the Homeland War ended and all Serb-occupied territory liberated or reintegrated (1998) official Croatia has never confronted itself with the issue of what to do with the perpetrators of oppression and human rights violations before 1990, and to what extent, and how, to compensate the victims; to punish the perpetrators of mass murders and purges. Multitudes of people were at one point or another imprisoned on political grounds, scores upon scores sentenced to death without a fair trial, scores upon scores assassinated and murdered both in Croatia and in the diaspora, the whole Croatian national identity vilified as extremist, properties confiscated or nationalised for the use and/or ownership of communist operatives … a screening procedure by which people who had been collaborators or informers of the secret police (UDBA) as well as high ranking party officials should be banned from prominent positions in the government, the army, and the courts has not been developed nor adopted. Lustration did not occur and it must, whether it be through a radical break or some negotiated compromise.

Croatia should not and must not forget any of those who paid for its present freedom from communist Yugoslavia in one way or another. Independent courts should impartially consider the possible guilt of those who were responsible for the persecutions, so that the truth about the communist past may be fully revealed. This is, however, only a dream of democracy amidst the court system that still harbours those who participated in the persecutions in one way or another.

Compensating the victims of communist crimes is the last thing Croatian political machinery in power wants to do. Compensating the victims of the 1990’s Homeland War is a far, far cry from any justice or human dignity; why, Croatia has not even claimed from Serbia calculated war damages amounting to some 44 billion euro! That says quite a lot about the will, or rather the lack of it, in Croatia’s power corridors to fully address the victims of Serb aggression and the losses Croatia sustained.

Commemorative events, laying wreaths at many mass gravesites and the Bleiburg field for victims of communist crimes and memorial cemeteries or gravesites for victims of the Homeland War have become a way of life in Croatia for many who keep the memory of hard-won freedom alive. While this in essence is a pursuit of human dignity and remembrance it is not enough for justice and for collective remembrance; it reduces national suffering to individual or group ones; it waters down the suffering Croats have endured under communism in Yugoslavia and under Serb-aggression as Croatia set about breaking away from communist Yugoslavia.

Ivan Penava (L) Ljiljanna Ravlich (C) Zvonko Milas (second from R)
Photo: Facebook

In recent months the Sydney, Australia, based world renowned artist of Croatian descent, along with his numerous family members a victim of communist crimes and oppression, Charles Billich, publicly announced his wish and plan to erect a memorial monument in Croatia honouring the victims of communist crimes and the victims of the 1990’s Homeland War. Without a doubt this gesture has national pride significance for the Croatian people and their suffering. Knowing the terrible history associated with those victims such a monument is surely a platform that lifts into a permanent conscience the debt a free and independent democratic Croatia owes to them. But, as it appeared via a recent visit to Australia by the Croatia’s state secretary for the government office for Croats living outside Croatia, Zvonko Milas and Vukovar’s mayor Ivan Penava, seen as representing a “leading” political mood hovering about Croatia, such honouring of victims of communist crimes and those of the Homeland War is avoided rather than encouraged. In the same party of visitors to Australia were also two men, heroic Homeland War veterans, Damir Plavsic and Damir Markus, writers, producers and activists of the theatrical play “The Battle for Vuovar” (Vukovar was devastated by Serb aggression during the 1990’s Homeland War and became the symbol of Croatia’s fight for independence from communist Yugoslavia).

The “political” representatives of this group visiting Australia, Zvonko Milas and Ivan Penava, made a point to meet with the former Western Australia Legislative Council member and former Australian Labor Party minister WA Ljiljanna Ravlich, a Croatian born former Australian politician whose father was a communist Partisan in the Yugoslav Army and whom she has proudly painted a portrait of with the (Red) star on his cap, but expressly avoided even acknowledging Charles Billich, let alone offering a hand-shake for his announced remarkable gift to Croatia in the form of a monument to victims of communist crimes and Homeland War. This expressed avoidance occurred at a Croatian club in Sydney where Billich attended to honour the visitors from Croatia even at the cost of having to leave his prior engagement as official artist of the World Polo Championships held this month in Sydney.

Ljiljana Ravlich with portrait
of her father – communist star on cap
Photo: Screenshot

Croatia’s veterans and defenders of Vukovar, Damir Plavsic and Damir Markus made the point of meeting with Charles Billich at the same Croatian club and visiting his gallery at the Rocks, in Sydney. They also invited Billich to give a speech at the Croatian Club, which he accepted, confirming yet again his determined and monetarily generous plan to erect the monument in Croatia to victims of communist crimes and Croatia’s Homeland War.

Through this episode at the Croatian club in Sydney it is clear that avoidance of dealing with due justice for victims of communist crimes and victims of the Homeland War strongly exists in Croatia but, fortunately, there are many, especially in the diaspora, who will persist at it until full justice is done. Ina Vukic

 

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