Jasenovac Reseach Institute

Jasenovac Research Institute
 and Shem Olam Institute (Israel)
cordially invite you to our

Exhibition and Conference on
 the Jasenovac Death Camps:

“The Right to Remembrance – 75 years 
after the Establishment of Jasenovac”

Official Opening:

2:30 PM Friday, January 27, 2017
51 Harrison St., 3rd Floor, 
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Keynote Speaker:

Emir Kusturica
Film Director 
Founder, Andrić Institute

 Suggested Donation for January 27:

PLEASE also join us for the CONFERENCE:

1 to 4 PM Saturday, January 28

(Free and Open to the Public)



Emir Kusturica

Emir Kusturica is a Serbian filmmaker, actor and musician born in Sarajevo in 1954. He won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d'Or twice (for When Father Was Away on Business and Underground), and the Best Director prize for Time of the Gypsies. He won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Arizona Dream and a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival for Black Cat, White Cat. He is a Commander of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Republika Srpska.

Gideon Greif

Prof. Gideon Greif is an Israeli historian of the Holocaust and educator. He is Chief Historian and Researcher at the "Shem Olam" Institute for Education, Documentation and Research on Faith and the Holocaust, Israel, and Chief Historian and Researcher at the Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects in Miami, Florida.

Prof. Gideon Greif is a world renowned historian-expert on the history of Auschwitz-Birkenau. His most famous contribution to the study of Auschwitz is his pioneer, groundbreaking research on the " Sonderkommando", a special Jewish prisoner squad in Auschwitz-Birkenau. This research inspired the production of "Son of Saul", the Hungarian Oscar-winning film. Recently, he published together with Itamar Levin the first book in the world about the uprising of the "Sonderkommando" in Auschwitz Birkenau.

Prof. Greif is very active in the field of Holocaust education. He lectures in many countries, including Israel, Germany, Poland, Australia and Denmark, participating in numerous international conferences. In Germany alone, more than 200,000 students and teachers have listened to his lectures and attended his work shops in the last decade. His new exhibition, "Auschwitz, A Death Factory", which he produced together with Peter Siebers, is now showing around the world.

Knut Thoreson

Knut Flovik Thoresen studied history at the University of Agder University College in Volda, Norway. Born in 1971, Knut is a Norwegian author of a number of historical books focusing on military and World War II themes, including Arendal, captain of the defense and Front fighters in the Balkans 1941-1945, in historical context, among others. He has a personal military background, having served in the Norwegian Armed Forces, as well as in Lebanon, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

Dragana Radojićić

Dragana Radojićić is the director of the Institute of Ethnography of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was born in Herceg Novi in Montenegro. She studied ethnology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, earning her doctorate in 1992, after attending the University of Padua (Italy) where she later worked as a visiting professor. Dr. Radojićić worked at the Historical Institute of Montenegro until 1994, and has been the director of the Ethnographic Institute since 2002.

Jovan Ćirić

Jovan Ćirić is a jurist of the Supreme Court of Serbia. He has previously served as the director of the Belgrade-based Institute for Comparative Law, which studies legislation, jurisprudence and practice in other countries and analyzes important issues of international and comparative law, focusing on the law of the European Union and the harmonization of Serbian law with European law.

Vladimir Čolović

Dr Vladimir Colovic, is research professor born in 1966 in Belgrade. He has worked at Belgrade's Institute of Comparative Law since 2009, after working at the University of East Sarajevo, where he was vice-dean. He later taught in the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade. He received his MA in 1994 at the University of Belgrade and his PhD in 2000. He has published over 130 scientific articles, and 13 monographs and textbooks.

Other Speakers:

Mina Zirojević

Milos Stanić

Miroslav Đordjević

Savo Manojlović

Branislav Pantović

There will be a discussion and question period

Recent speech by Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the Holocaust in Yugoslavia:


JASENOVAC (1945), documentary film with English subtitles:

Jasenovac Research Institute

The Jasenovac Research Institute is a non-profit human rights organization and research institute committed to establishing the truth about the Holocaust in Yugoslavia and dedicated to the search for justice for its victims. The JRI promotes research and activities designed to enlighten the world to the crimes of genocide committed at Jasenovac and wartime Yugoslavia against Serbs, Jews and Romas and provides assistance to all groups and individuals who likewise seek justice for these victims.

"The crimes of the fascist Ustashe against the Serbs in the notorious camp of Jasenovac must be known - crimes that are the worst ones along with those committed against the Jews in the Holocaust." - Simon Wiesenthal

Take a Closer Look

Noted Roma historian Dr. Ian Hancock to be keynote speaker at JRI's 8th Annual Jasenovac Day of Commemoration Ceremonies to be held in New York, April 25th-26th, 2009.

New Book on Jasenovac Available Now!
Jasenovac and the Holocaust in Yugoslavia: Analyses and Testimonies
Edited by Barry M. Lituchy, Published by JRI, 2006, 408 pp.

As scholarship and awareness of the Holocaust grew rapidly in the 1990's, information on Jasenovac and the genocides perpetrated against Serbs, Jews and Romas in Yugoslavia during World War II was absent from this discussion. This neglect posed some troubling questions. How could the subject of Jasenovac be absent from public and scholarly attention at the very moment when discussions of genocide, war crimes and human rights in the Balkans were on the front pages of every newspaper, and in the pronouncements of every Holocaust and human rights institution and governement in the world? How could any serious public discussion of genocide in the former Yugoslavia begin without the necessary historical context?

In 1997 Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York hosted a conference on Jasenovac and the Holocaust in Yugoslavia. The results of that conference are presented here for the first time in an accurate and authorized edition, prepared in cooperation with the authors.

This book contains 30 chapters including a 40 page introduction. There are 15 chapters of analyses by historians including Michael Berenbaum, Christopher Simpson, Antun Miletic, Eli Rosenbaum, Charles R. Allen Jr. and others, along with 15 chapters of unique Holocaust testimonies by Jasenovac and other concentration camp survivors. There are 97 photographs, 30 pages of appendices with never before translated documents, maps, a twelve page double columned index with detailed entries, 27 biographical entries on contributors, and discussion of secondary source literature. The entire book is annotated and expertly prepared. This book provides one of the most extensive and accurate presentations of this subject in the English language ever produced.

To order, send a check or money order for $32 paperback or $37 hardcover (includes shipping and handling) payable to:

Jasenovac Research Institue
PO Box 10-0674
Brooklyn, NY 11210

5th Annual Jasenovac Day of Commemoration

Ceremonies to be held 30 April 2006 at the Jasenovac Monument in New York's Holocaust Memorial Park. The JRI establsihed this unique monument for the victims of Jasenovac and the Holocaust in Yugoslavia in 2005. See photos of last year's unveiling and of past Jasenovac Day Ceremonies here.

Map & Directions to get to this years commemoration
Photos of previous years commemorations: 2005 // 2004 // 2003

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2005 Jasenovac Commemorative
Essay & Art Contest Winners

JRI Announces 2nd Annual Jasenovac Commemorative Essay and Art Contests in North America, Serbia and Republika Srpska.

Clockwise from Top Left: Dejan Arnaut, Zeljko Slijepcevic, Ana Rakita, Tijana Tomic, and Alexander Osman

JRI Announces 2nd Annual Jasenovac Commemorative Essay and Art Contests in North America, Serbia and Republika Srpska.
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Journey Through Kosovo

Elizabeth Bieber: Journey Through Kosovo. Photojournalist Elizabeth Bieber traveled to Kosovo last year on behalf of the JRI to document the human rights catastrophe facing the Roma and Serbian refugees.

Built on the remnants of an old lead mine lies Mitrovica, a Roma refugee camp that faces the grave effects of its location. Without adequate access to medical care, its residents battle with the effects of lead poisoning.

Click here to view full report.

Above: Mehrija shows daughter Sabrina's head infection, believed to be caused by lead poisoning.
Far Right: One man suffers from swollen feet.

JRI Quarterly

Jasenovac Research Institute Quarterly - Read articles from the current and from past issues of the JRI's quarterly magazine.

Read 1st Issue
Read 2nd Issue
Read 3rd Issue

Looking for Information

Diana Budisavljevic was an Austrian housewife married to a Serbian doctor
who launched, from 1941 to 1945, an heroic campaign to save more than 12,000 children
from the ustasha death camps. If anyone ever knew her or has anything to tell about
her, please contact her grandson Leonardo Rasica at:

*e-mail: leo.rasica@uol.com.br
*telephone: ++ 55 11 5044 7022
*post mail:
   Leonardo Rasica
   Alameda dos Anapurus, 1661, ap 1009
   CEP 04087-006 Moema
   Sao Paulo  SP

JRI and Holocaust Survivors thank U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner for helping the JRI obtain the Jasenovac monument in New York.

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Click here to read the article in The Jewish Press.

The Jasenovac Research Institute receives an award from New York City for "extraordinary contributions to the City of New York."

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Jasenovac Day of Commemoration Declared

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declares 17 April 2005 Jasenovac Day of Commemoration in New York City. Read the entire declaration.

Excerpt: Whereas: Sixty years have passed since the end of the Holocaust. As the horror of those events recedes deeper into history, the responsibility of remembrance weighs more heavily on all of us. New York City is proud to join the Jasenovac Research Institute in commemorating the Holocaust in Yugoslavia with a ceremony at the Holocaust park in Brooklyn. Together we honor those who suffered and pledge to remain vigilant against the dark impulses that triggered this genocide.

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Read the Black Book

JRI re-publishes "The Black Book" - The Crimes of the Fascist Occupants and Their Collaborators Against the Jews in Yugoslavia.

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First International Conference on Jasenovac

The historic First International Conference on Jasenovac in New York City, October 1997.

We Are Still Waiting!

This image shows Jasenovac Camp commander Maks Luburic and Nazi Lieutenant Schmidt interviewing Jasenovac prisoners for forced labor in Nazi munitions factories in Germany at Jasenovac on 12 June 1942. Thousands of Serbs and Yugoslav Jews who were forced to work in the Nazi wartime industry have never received a penny in compensation from the official Claims Commision.