ZAGREB – Flowers in the colors of the Croatian “Chessboard” flag and shaped in the form of the U symbol of the Ustasha, Croatian pro-Nazi regime responsible for massive killings of Serbs, Jews and Roma in concentration camps during World War II, have been planted at the Jasenovac Memorial Site in central Croatia.
Despite the demands from competent institutions to act urgently and have the flowers removed and those in the Jasenovac Memorial Site management responsible for the provocation, nothing happened.
“When you see those flowers as white and red squares, arranged in the shape of the letter U, planted at the Jasenovac Memorial Site, you are not sure if you are awake or in some kind of nightmare,” as someone said.
People were imprisoned, tortured and killed there “because of being of ‘wrong’ nationality, religious affiliation or worldview, and those committing the crimes were the very ones whose symbols were the letter U and the white and red squares.”
“People come to Jasenovac to pay their respects to the innocent victims, and then they see a glorification of the genocidal regime that committed crimes there in which, according to official records, about a million Serbs were killed.
“In addition, it is important to note that because of the symbolism of Jasenovac, where people were imprisoned, tortured and killed not only in the name of the Ustasha, the Nazi ideology, but also on behalf of the Croatian government and Croatian statehood, and the purity of the Croatian nation, special care should be taken, for the sake of decency, that not even the legitimate state symbols of the Republic of Croatia, such as its flag or coat of arms, are ever placed there,” the release said.
The libertarian association pointed to the example of Germany, which never puts its national and state symbols at such sites, an additional way to express reverence for the victims of concentration camps and the remorse of the state in whose name people were imprisoned, tortured and killed.
The genocide committed by the Croatian Ustasha during World War Two claimed the lives of about a million Serbs, 80,000 Roma and 32,000 Jews and several thousand anti-fascists of other nationalities.
Most of them were murdered in concentration camps, the biggest of which was the Jasenovac death camp system, known in historical literature as the “Auschwitz of the Balkans”.
Croatia was the only Axis country that had camps for children, and around 23,000 of a total of about 33,000 children aged from a few months to 15 years old met their death in those camps.
source: TANJUG, Blic