Croatian Academy HAZUDD To Jerusalem Post

Dear Sir/Madam,

Your editorial from August 22 and the reactions of Dejan Ristic and Ivo Goldstein and Efraim Zuroff to the article by David Goldman, which you in the meantime withdrew from your website but left the above articles, prompted us to this reaction, hoping for at least some balance, which in fact represents the reality on the world stage of opinions and historical facts discovered to date, on this topic in your newspaper.

There is no need to fear that the Holocaust, as a unique form of collective persecution of the Jewish people, will fall into oblivion, as long as children are taught about it in school history classes. Anyone with a modest knowledge of foreign languages ​​and history today can access information about the results of the census in Central and Eastern Europe and be convinced that during Nazi rule, Jews disappeared in large numbers as well as their religious and cultural objects (synagogues, schools, etc.). If not killed or destroyed, any reasonable person would wonder where millions of people and their places of worship could have gone?

This applies both to both the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), which existed in 1941-45 and included the territory of today’s Croatia (for the most part) and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Serbia. The fact that many more Jews survived the Holocaust in Croatia, in both number and percentage of the Jewish population, than in Serbia, is the result of continuous, extensive rescue operations by the domicile Croatian population and the Catholic Church led by Archbishop Stepinac of Zagreb. While for Archbishop Stepinac, saving Jews was a daily task of caring, the heads of the Serbian Orthodox Church praised Hitler and openly sided with the Nazis against the Jews. If it wasn’t for the works of Esther Gitman, a Fulbright Scholar, (sources: “When Courage Prevailed – rescue and survival of Jews in the Independent State of Croatia 1941-1945” 2011 and “Alojzije Stepinac: Pillar of Human Rights” 2019), which are hardly mentioned in the press, the significant actions of rescuing Jews in the NDH would remain almost completely silenced. The efforts of many Jews to achieve the proclamation of Archbishop Stepinac as Righteous Among the Nations have so far been futile, thus creating a large stain on the reputation of the state of Israel among Croats. There were not many individuals in the enslaved Europe who, like Archbishop Stepinac, dared during the war of 1942 to declare publicly that there was only one race: the race of God (Esther Gitman research).

Despite the facts, the Serbian side on one hand expands the term Holocaust without foundation and thus dilutes it to the suffering of Serbs (Croats), and on the other hand narrows it to the Jasenovac camp, which is thus given mystical properties. An uninformed reader of the Serbian press could conclude that World War II took place mainly in the Jasenovac camp, where Croats killed 800,000 to a million Serbs, and that the Holocaust was a minor side event.

For many years, the number of 5 million non-Jewish Holocaust victims has been bandied around worldwide, and Israeli Gideon Greif, in his work entitled “Jasenovac, Auschwitz of the Balkans”, published by Knjiga komerc Serbia in 2018, claims by pure speculation of other speculators of history, and without exact evidence, that one million, if not more, Serbs lost their lives as victims of the Holocaust in Croatia! So, in such dark alleys along which Greif evidently also moves, a fifth of all non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Europe were Serbs! This is the number of victims without scientific basis, and the well-known Nazi and their collaborators hunter, the late Simon Wiesenthal, once said that this number of non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust was “intended to increase sympathy for Jewish suffering but is now more used to obscure it.” Sure, there were many non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust, but inventing the magnitude of that number, as has been done for decades for Serb victims, evidently seeks to diminish or dilute the severity of the tragedy experienced by the Jewish people in the Holocaust.

The bigger tragedy in this prevailing modern world ping pong game about which Holocaust victim was a bigger victim, Jew or non-Jew, lies in the fact that Serbs, with the help of people like Efraim Zuroff and Gideon Greif, seem to have managed to cleanse Serbian hands as the culprits for the extermination of 94% of Serbian Jews in World War II and by August 1942 achieving the status of one of the first countries in Europe to be “Judenfrei” (Jew-free). It is clear to all but Serbs and their political friends that the Serbs and their government of Milan Nedic, not the German Nazis, attached the “Star of David” to Jewish chests and painted it on the facades of Jewish homes, thus marking Jews for extermination.

It is precisely for the removal of this systematic, long-standing blurring of facts, mentioned by David Goldman, that a thorough, multidisciplinary investigation of the events in the Jasenovac camp is necessary as this in itself is indicated by very diverse findings:

1. According to Ivo Goldstein and others, the Jasenovac camp did not cease operating on April 22, 1945, but served as a camp for internment of opponents of Tito’s Yugoslav communist regime to at least May 1951.The Bjelovar Divisional military court findings on 8/28/1946 regarding detainee escape from the camp on 28.08.1946 (source: Croatian State Archives), as well as a 1951 CIA report, serve as evidence of that fact. It is not known that, to date, anyone has systematically deal with research of the victims of the Jasenovac camp after April 22, 1945. Perhaps there were Jews among them also?

2. Analysis of the official list of victims of the Jasenovac camp, managed by the state institution JUSP Jasenovac, using Data Science methods, showed that the list is for the most part (89% of entries) unreliable. The current census, for example, lists victims born in 1969 and 1975, respectively.

3. Contrary to the testimonies of the alleged mass executions in the Jasenovac camp in the period 1941-45, there are also testimonies of men who were boys of that time, who attended trade classes in the camp, that there were no such events.

4. When Bosnian Serbs had to leave the conquered territories around Sarajevo in 1996 as a result of the Dayton Accords, they exhumed the remains of their loved ones in front of TV cameras and took them to their new places of residence. With these acts they strongly showed their stand that remains of their loved ones should not remain in enemy territory. It is interesting that no such request for exhumation of post mortal remains was requested for the Jasenovac camp, which is located on the territory of Croatia.

5. Prompted by the above facts, forensic experts (e.g. letter from prof. dr. sc. Simun Krizanac published in “Hrvatski tjednik” weekly magazine on 12.07.2018 ) already contacted authorities and requested the search and exhumation of the human remains in Jasenovac, believing that firm conclusions about such a camp must be based on forensic medicine research methods.

6. The general progress of science has led to the fact that reconstruction and identification can be carried out for centuries-old human remains.

7. World War II archives are gradually opening up and, hence, opening up space for new insights and new interpretations.

It is clear from the abovesaid that the actual Holocaust on the territory of the then Independent State of Croatia, for which the NDH authorities are co-responsible, is clouded and confused by Serbia’s attempts to portray the course of World War II in Croatia primarily as genocide against the Serbian people. They are wholeheartedly helped by the descendants of the Yugoslav communist rulers (the so-called Red Nobility), who still rule Croatia today, who in this way want to cover up the crimes of their ancestors perpetrated immediately after World War II and during the 45-year reign of fear over Croats until 1990. If it is shown that Croats committed collective genocide during World War II, then by that same logic it would be correct for the Yugoslav Communists to commit comprehensive and protracted revenge and re-education, right?

Let’s finish with Croatia. In the very centre of Zagreb, in Praška Street, there is a parking lot on the site where the synagogue demolished in 1941-42was. This is the simplest proof that the Holocaust took place in Croatia as well. Tito’s Yugoslav communist government, hostile to Jews and Israel, not only did not rebuild it, but demolished the remaining synagogues and many Jewish cemeteries, and built a department store on the site of the Zagreb synagogue, which burned to the ground in a mysterious fire in 1980.

From President Tudjman onwards, the Croatian authorities proposed to the two Jewish communities the reconstruction of the synagogue, which has not happened so far, because the Jewish communities could not agree on the basic parameters. Ivo Goldstein, who never declared himself publicly as a Jew or a believer during Yugoslavia, also plays a not insignificant role in that community. At that time, neither his late father Slavko nor he condemned the demolition of synagogues, for example in Rijeka in 1948, or the anti-Semitic attitude of Tito’s regime, and such dishonourable conduct is not mentioned even today. In addition, the so-called scientist opposes both questioning and further research on the topic of the Jasenovac camp, thus violating the foundations of scientific methodology, to which, as a university professor, he should be deeply loyal.

In Croatia, and especially in Zagreb, there are many valuable real estates, which were taken from the Jews during the Second World War and were never returned to them. They are now inhabited by members of the “red nobility”, who, like Ivo Goldstein and Ognjen Kraus, invent fascism in Croatia, and have never advocated for the correction of injustice against Jews by returning stolen Jewish property.

From all of the above said it follows that the state of Israel, the Jewish people and their reputable media such as the Jerusalem Post, should devote themselves to a detailed investigation of all potential execution sites of Jews during the Holocaust. But if researching the execution sites of Jews during the Holocaust is an area that newspapers like the Jerusalem Post cannot deal with, because such an activity is not on their list of activities for which they are legally licensed, then those same newspapers should contribute to the research of truth and facts by also publishing written articles in relation to all research on the rescue of Jews during the Holocaust in Croatia (eg Esther Gitman) and on Jasenovac after the Second World War (eg Blanka Matković, Stipo Pilić, Igor Vukić, etc.). It is unworthy of the oldest nation in history to be represented in any part of the world by individuals like Ivo Goldstein, ready at any moment for an anti-scientific invention like the notorious bone crusher. This achieves the exact opposite effect, which Goldman rightly observes. Namely, the suspicion that Israel and Serbia have a joint propaganda venture of exaggerating the victims of World War II is completely unnecessarily fuelled. While Serbia abuses victims tenfold (and more) as a justification for hegemonic action in its neighbourhood, it is unclear why the state of Israel clearly does not distance itself from such dishonourable actions.

And even if Ivo Goldstein is completely right with his claim about the bone crusher, which the Ustashas would use just before the end of the war to remove the remains of their victims, (and it cannot be, because neither he nor anyone else mentions it in his and other authors’ numerous books!), then it would be a huge challenge for scientists in the field of forensics and forensic medicine to use the territory of Jasenovac as a testbed for methods of identifying post mortal remains originating in particularly difficult conditions. Judging by his publications and public appearances, Ivo Goldstein has never met a forensic expert or does not know that such a profession exists at all.

A scientist who, in today’s age of reliable analytical and diagnostic methods, claims that everything has been researched and should no longer be researched, recalls into memory the embarrassment of Thomas Watson, the former head of IBM, and thus disqualifies himself in scientific and professional circles.

The diametrically different attitudes towards the smouldering Israeli-Arab conflict, which escalates every now and then, in the successor states of the former Yugoslavia clearly shows which nations, states and political currents are turned to Jews with fraternal respect and understanding, and which with intolerance prone to totalitarian movements and parties. It would be nice if the Jerusalem Post devoted more space to such differences and reflections, instead of history innovator Ivo Goldstein or Dejan Ristic and their collaborator Efraim Zuroff, who present themselves as Holocaust investigators while denying the genocide in Srebrenica, which the Serbian army perpetrated 26 years ago literally in front of TV cameras.

With regards

Dr. sc. Josip Stjepandic, President, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in the Diaspora and Homeland / HAZUDD

 Mr. sc. Ina Vukic, Vice President, HAZUDD

Yugoslav Communists Did Not Liberate Croatia In 1945! Remembering Bleiburg Genocide

Cardinal Vinko Puljic (bottom centre) leading an online prayer
of Croatians across the world on Saturday 23 May 2020
Photo: Screenshot

“There is method in the madness” idiom originates I believe from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1602). Whoever wishes to subscribe to practicing double standards vis-à-vis victims of crimes, in order to justify an oppressive political regime such as communism, is on their own as far as humanity is concerned. Or at least, it should be that way!

There is no spectacular revelation one can make today regarding the radical evil of Yugoslav communist regime (and all other communist regimes particularly in Eastern Europe). That is, since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 what has emerged from the secret archives (and there are still many more to be examined once full access is granted) and other verifiable sources regarding the former communist regimes confirms the long-held view that communists engaged in revolutionary and brutal civil war to accomplish the total transformation of the economy, society, and culture. What is disturbing even more is the comprehensive and systematic justification of communist crimes that defines the method in the madness that is plaguing the world and humanity well into the 21st century. When comparing the number of victims of the communist regimes (between 85 and 100 million worldwide) with the number of people who perished under or because of Nazism (25 million worldwide) then in comparison by numbers of victims one can capture the dimension of horror of communism and its follower’s vicious attempts to avoid due condemnation of communism.

When despite the fact that the European Parliament had late 2019 declared communism, Nazism and fascism as criminal regimes of the past, Croatian politicians and antifascists celebrate even today the 15 May 1945 as the day of liberation of Croatia the world is brought to its knees in despair and misery that lies can inflict upon humanity, upon common sense, upon decency and dignity – upon the truth we seek and strive for.

Let’s get this straight Croatia was not liberated in May 1945 – Yugoslavia was liberated from masses of people who in WWII fought for liberation from oppressive Kingdom of Yugoslavia, led by Serbian Monarchy, so that communism could be installed. Whatever WWII Croatian Independent State (NDH) may have done, whatever crimes may and have been committed in the name of that state the irrefutable fact remains that an overwhelming majority opposing communist forces fought for an independent Croatia and did not indulge in committing crimes against anyone or anything. And for this they were punished, massacred, banished into exile, oppressed … and for this they are being punished and vilified even today!

The communist sympathisers’ protest in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in front of the Catholic cathedral when Cardinal Vinko Puljic held a commemorative mass on 16 May 2020 for the communist Yugoslavia victims at Bleiburg, Austria, in May 1945 and months and years that followed WWII, and the support these protesters rustled up from the World Jewish Congress, Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a number of former communist operatives from former Yugoslavia including its last President Stjepan Mesic attracted worldwide media coverage, which clearly exuded madness that attempts at justification of communist crimes promote. It is in essence pathological madness that is exuded. To discriminate among victims of true crime is a pathological trait that lingers on among human society, making it a truly sick one. The Mass in Sarajevo honoured all innocent victims of the war and post-war era, including all those killed without trial.

The protests or objections to this mass in Sarajevo rested on the rhetoric that hundreds of thousands of Croatian people murdered by Yugoslav communists after WWII ended do not deserve remembrance and respect owed to all victims; that they were murderers of Jews in WWII, of Serbs, of Roma; that they were all Ustashe or fascists…  In New York Times one could read:  “Honoring ‘the genocidal Ustasha state (NDH) is not only an insult to its victims and their families, but also to all those who opposed the crimes committed by the Ustasha,’ the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement on Thursday…” The Times of Israel, Reuters, The Associated Press, Haaretz, Al Jazeera America,  Deutsche Welle etc all promulgated and fired up the protesters’ views and opinions regarding the commemorative mass for victims and barely any promulgated the views and opinions of those who stood behind such a mass; indeed they were labelled as revisionists of WWII fascism and nationalism.

What a sad, sad time for humanity and truth!

If the protesters and their supporters think they scored new points for justification of communist crimes they need to re-examine their conscience, and reality! Nothing was gained from this protest and media frenzy apart from new lies added to the list of methods and tools communist followers use in order to justify the unjustifiable.

About 200,000 soldiers from the WWII Croatian defence forces marched to Bleiburg in May 1945 and about 500,000 civilians (including the elderly, women and children) went with them. They wanted nothing to do with communist Yugoslavia. They all wanted an independent Croatia, away from Yugoslavia.  Isn’t self-determination a right that the world celebrates?

The Sarajevo protesters in front of the Catholic Cathedral on May 16th and their supporters, including the Jewish World Congress and Simon Wiesenthal Centre are saying to the world that all those among the 700,000 Croatians fleeing communist Yugoslavia at the end of WWII – out of which more than 500,000 were murdered by that communist regime post WWII – deserved to be killed so brutally and massively because they all committed crimes against others!

They did not! If among them there were individuals that may have committed crimes during the War that did not and does not justify accusing of crimes without evidence everyone who was there. It is a depravity; it is evil to do so.

Talking to Croatian Catholic Radio, Cardinal Vinko Puljic said that “the Church has always respected innocent victims” and that the mass was not intended to celebrate anyone. He added that a “crime cannot be defended by (another) crime.”

“We want that double standards in respecting the victims of hatred and massacre be stopped,” Cardinal Vinko Puljic said after he held the mass in Sarajevo for victims of communist crimes.

Due to coronavirus restrictions only about 20 people attended the service which, like the protest, ended without incident. It is the world’s media passing on the WWII pro-communist sentiments and crimes’ justification that turned the mass into a spectacle of disorder; a disorder where certain crimes are justified on political grounds, devoid of humanity.

Cardinal Vinko Puljic
Photo: Fena

Sarajevo Times reported on May 17:

“In a sermon during the mass in the Sarajevo Cathedral on Saturday, Vrhbosna Cardinal Vinko Puljic pointed out that the victims of Bleiburg and all victims of hatred cannot be spoken of without ‘special tremors of the heart’ and that this is the main reason why he agreed to lead the Mass on the anniversary of 75 years of suffering in Bleiburg.

Prayer is the most sacred act, an act of respect, remembrance of them, the price of freedom that we build,’ stated Cardinal Puljic and added that this is how the evaluation of living is renewed. Cardinal Puljic said that the fate of peace was largely entrusted, not only to official state institutions. Human justice must prosecute crimes – said the cardinal, but also added that justice stands far from any blind urge for revenge and is guided by the common good.

We owe equal respect to every victim,’ – said the bishops and added that ‘liquidations without a court are always a grave crime before God and people.’

The Archbishop Puljic reminded that he was born in the time of Bleiburg, that all these years, as he said, the graves of the victims were not discovered, that they died without trial, ‘by the arbitrariness of those who boiled without hatred’. That is why yesterday he prayed for the victims of the Bleiburg field of Jasenovac, Glina, Srijemska Mitrovica, Dravograd, Sarajevo, Foca, Siroki Brijeg …

When the silence will rise from these graves depends on today’s authorities,’ said Cardinal Puljic. He added that a climate of coexistence, forgiveness, trust and reconciliation should be created here and today.”

The executions and mass murders known as “Bleiburg massacres/genocide” (although most murders happened away from Bleiburg once the Croats fleeing communist Yugoslavia were forcefully handed back to Yugoslavia by the British forces there) remained a taboo topic until the breakup of communist Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. A large event to commemorate the victims has for many years been held annually in Bleiburg. The Bleiburg commemoration of 2020 had been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and masses such as the one in Sarajevo were held instead, in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The protesters against the mass in Sarajevo and their supporters viciously attacked the holding of the mass also on grounds of coronavirus related restrictive measures – that it should not be held, that rules of restrictive measures must be adhered to by those who commemorate victims of Bleiburg. However they failed to do the same for the commemoration for the WWII Jasenovac camp victims (Jews, Serbs, Roma, Croats) held only several days before in Croatia!

Alarmingly, the antifascists (or communists in this case, wearing a cloak of false antifascism) do try forcing different rules for different “classes” of victims even though all are in one and the same class: victims!

HE Eric Nelson, the U.S. ambassador to Bosnia, said for the public, Radio Free Europe, on May 15 that commemorations should “focus on remembrance, not revisionism. Especially this year, when we mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, it is important for everyone to focus on two values of democracy – reconciliation and inter-religious dialogue.”  The U.S. Embassy in Bosnia called “on those organising the Bleiburg commemoration in Bosnia and Herzegovina to refrain from historical revisionism and retrograde rhetoric.” It is a pity and a shame that he even said that – since when is commemoration of victims a revisionism in the sense his words implied! Be that as it may, the facts of history must be revised. We clearly see the need for that when the protesters in Sarajevo and their supporters from the above-mentioned Jewish organisations and also Serbian Orthodox Church actually accuse, abominably, all of the 500,000 and more Croats murdered and executed by the communist regime of Yugoslavia as having been murderers themselves during WWII.

Some might call such commemoration as the one in Sarajevo an “opening of old wounds” but it’s blatantly evident that those who call it that with a view of criticising it have a great deal of guilt to hide. It is obvious for the sake of peace, for the sake of truth, that factual revision of WWII history of Croatia (written by the communists and their sidekicks) is no longer a choice. It is a must! Ina Vukic

 

Croatia: Antifascists Still Protect Lies!

 

 

Jasenovac, Croatia, May 2014  Wreaths and flowers to remember WWII victims  Photo: FaH

Jasenovac, Croatia, May 2014
Wreaths and flowers to remember WWII victims
Photo: FaH

Instead of the usual Sunday after/closest to 22nd April the commemoration of WWII breakout from Jasenovac camp occurred this year on May 4! Reason? Sunday 27 April Croatia’s president just had to, it seems, attend the canonisation in Rome of Pope John Paul II and John XXIII, even though he is no church-goer or believer!

Surviving former inmates, top Croatian officials, foreign ambassadors in Croatia, and many other delegations on Sunday May 4 attended a ceremony commemorating the 69th anniversary of the breakout of inmates from the Ustasha-run Jasenovac camp on 22 April 1945, paying tribute to 83,000 victims of this WWII camp.

Of the 1,073 inmates who were in the camp on 22 April 1945, 600 attempted to escape and only about a hundred survived. The remaining 473 inmates who did not try to escape were killed and their bodies were cremated. The camp Jasenovac was the largest forced-labor and concentration camp set up by the Nazi-style Independent State of Croatia (NDH) in marshland at the confluence of the Sava and Una rivers near the village of Jasenovac in the second half of 1941 and operated until the breakout in 1945.

Addressing last Sunday’s commemoration, President Ivo Josipovic, Parliament Speaker Josip Leko and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic as well as other speakers sent a message that crimes such as those that had been committed in Jasenovac should never again be allowed to happen.

Josipovic, in his speech, called on everyone to protect the memory of the people who had died in that camp, a place that would remain in collective memory forever.
Evil should be called by its real name, opposed and denied any opportunity to happen ever again,” he stated.

At this site, crimes, that was genocide, were perpetrated and it would always be painful and we will never forget it, Josipovic said in his speech.

 

We must sincerely regret at the commission of such horrendous crimes in the name of creating a Croatian state, the president added.

 

I just wish he would also name and talk about the victims at Jasenovac who perished at the hands of communists in the years post-WWII!
What about the horrendous crimes committed to create the Yugoslav state!?

 

Those who perpetrated such crimes also did evil to Croatia and the Croatian people, Josipovic said recalling that Jasenovac was the detention centre for those of a “wrong” ethnic background, a “wrong” religion or worldviews.

He warned that in times of social crises such as the current one, there were risks of exclusion, hatred and intolerance and that “germs of fascism and other totalitarian ideologies always remain latently present” – you bet, Mr Josipovic – and you are an ugly germ of communism!

Don’t forget that a dire economic situation can pave the way to fascism. Crimes perpetrated in Jasenovac and other camps throughout Europe remind us of the devastating potential of totalitarianism, Josipovic said adding that everything should be done to prevent recurrence of such crimes,

No need to say, Croatia’s Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and Speaker of Parliament Josip Leko – all of whom are political pals with Ivo Josipovic when it comes to communism of former Yugoslavia, said essentially the same things albeit in different words.

Prime Minister Milanovic said also that crimes committed during the NDH regime had no justification. Indeed, I agree!

Croatia’s “red” leadership failed, once again, to use this opportunity for setting the records straight on the truth about Jasenovac. They failed miserably at pointing out to the Serbian or pro-Serbian propaganda, which promotes the lie – because such figures pulled out of the sleeves of those who offer no verifiable corroboration or evidence in particular to the number of Serbs that perished in Jasenovac – that ” more than 700,000 Serbs, 23,000 Jews and around 80,000 Roma died in Jasenovac in the period between 1941 and 1945″.

If Ivo Josipovic truly cared about the dignity of victims and justice for the truth and perpetrator then he would lead the way to oust or deny any credibility of this rotten lie about the number of victims perished instead of allowing such propaganda to flourish – unchecked and unchallenged. It is his duty and the duty of the whole Croatian leadership to actively protect Croatia from lies and vilification whether based upon historical or current events!

But telling the truth about Jasenovac and actively trying to stop the lies is something that is politically not of interest to current and former communists and antifascists! If it were not like that then this appalling set of figures in Croatian leadership (communists) would have long ago spoken of the THREE and NOT ONE Jasenovac camp. The three Jasenovac camps existed under different political regimes and they were: 1941-1945 under NDH Ustashe, 1945-1948 and 1948 – 1951 under Yugoslav Communists, which means that among the perpetrators of communist purges other “Yugoslav” nationals were involved as well as Croats.

Why does this set of Croatian leadership still place the victims of all three Jasenovac camps into one Jasenovac camp, into one crime – the one from WWII under Ustashe?

Such false and malicious manipulation with the number of victims is detrimental to the Croatian people,” said in his recent letter to the Croatian Prime Minister as well as the President Mr Stephen Asic, Secretary of the Croatian World Congress .

It is time to put a stop to these fabrications that these fabrications,” Asic continues in his letter, “The crimes that were committed cannot and should not be denied and certainly not justified, but also, at the same time, we cannot permit their belittlement through amplification of their number ad nauseum!

This kind of falsification of history is not only an attack against the perpetrators of these crimes but also against the whole of the Croatian nation. The ideological political divisions which once existed among us have no place in today’s democratic Croatia. That is why our positions in defending the Croatian name in the world need to be within a frame of unity. Only with the truth and unified positions will we change the picture the world has of us.”

It will be interesting to see what, if any, response Mr Stephen Asic from Australia (Croatian World Congress) will receive from Croatia’s Prime Minister and President! Indeed, one cannot but agree with what Mr Asic is saying regarding the number of victims being attributed to the regime of WWII Independent Croatia. The same Mr Stephen Asic is part of the advisory body to Croatia’s government on Croats living abroad – i.e. the body that was formed recently with view to increasing or improving the relationship between Croatia and its diaspora.

I am personally not holding my breath waiting for Mr Asic to receive a reply from Croatia’s top government and leadership posts. After all, and judging from their repeatedly twiste rhetoric on WWII and post-WWII the communists and former communists are not likely to own-up to their share of Jasenovac victims between 1945 and 1951any time soon. So it is up to the people, to us, to pursue setting the truth in the right places. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

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