By serving the memorial service and History lecture in the ” Djura Jaksic ” School, Banja Luka, Šargovac, Republica Srpska marked 72 years of suffering of 52 students of the school who were killed by the Ustasha on February 7, 1942.
On 7 February 1942 . Croatian troops “Ustasha” slaughtered 2 300 Serbs, including 551 children from Motike , Šargovac , Drakulic villages and Rekavice mine on the most monstrous way; Those executions were extremely brutal, without a single shot fired; thousands of Serbs were killed with axes, hammers, knives and “Serb-cutter,” (the picture bellow). There have been 52 pupils from the elementary school of Šargovac among the victims.
2 300 Serbs, 551 children were killed without a single shot fired: left: Croatian invention, Serb cutter as they named it; a blade constantly fixed on the wrist in order to provide more efficiency to the Ustashi butchers.
on the right: Hammer for smashing heads was widely used in Independent State of Croatia for murdering Serbs (Jasenovac, Jadovno, Kozara pits, etc).
President of the National Assembly of Republica Srpska, Igor Radojicic said that it is of great importance for all citizens to keep the memory in order to avoid such things to happen ever again.
” That’s the responsibility of people today that in these generaly difficult times, when there’s not much justice, they recognize their interest without succumbing to something that could lead our nation into new problems and challenges. ”
Radojicic reminded that today marks 72 years since the terrible crime occurred in the area of Šargovac , adding that in addition to hundreds of others there were killed 52 children solely because of their Serbian ethnicity and Orthodox religion .
Minister of Education and Culture in Republica Srpska Goran Mutabdžija stressed that the terrible crime was commited against children in Šargovac, just because they were Serbs .
” This raises numerous questions to be reviewed , first of all, the content concerning the events in modern Serbian history of 20th century and the suffering of the Serbian people, espacially suffering of children . ”
The minister said it has to be checked out whether it was and the way it is presented in the syllabus in order to avoid undesired constructions. “We have to say openly what happened and to keep the memory about this crime.”
Mayor of Banja Luka Slobodan Gavranović says that 72 years ago 52 children have been murdered just because they did not belong to that nation of their executors .
” These kids have been innocent and what happened to them clearly exposes that the crime cannot be justified understand , and especially not forgotten. It’s difficult to forgive , even though Christianity orders to forgive .”