A graffiti in Croatian reading “For home ready” along with pro-Ustasha emblems has been painted on a Serbian Orthodox church in the Croatian town of Sinj.
This was announced on Tuesday by the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC).
The fascist greeting “For home ready” was used by the Ustasha regime of the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) – a Nazi-allied WW2 entity that operated death camps mostly for Serbs, but also Jews and Roma.
Croatia was a single state with death camp established exclusively for Serbian children (notorious Sisak camp)
The graffiti appeared on Monday on the southern wall of the temple that is dedicated to apostles Peter and Paul. The case has been reported to the authorities and an investigation in under way.
This is not the first time that graffiti with similar content have appeared on the building – the last such incident happened in 2010.
The fresco above commemorates 61 Serbian family, from which not a single member survived the Croatian slaughter of Serbs in Prebilovci, 1941.
The SPC Eparchy of Dalmatia said that this type of offensive graffiti sends a negative message to Serbs in Sinj and beyond, but also speaks to the real situation in society and the position of minority communities in Croatia.
Za dom spremni – Croatian Sieg Heil – writing these words on Serbian Orthodox church is eqal to writing Sieg Heil on a synagogue.