These camps were the precursor to the much larger Jasenovac camp complex, to which the surviving prisoners of this complex were sent in August 1941 as part of the Ustashe regime overall plan to exterminate all Jews, Serbs, Romas and political opponents within their territory. This permanent monument to the victims of Jadovno is the only one in the world outside of the former Yugoslavia.
The Lessons of Jasenovac for the Study
of Human Rights and International Law in
the 21st Century
Opening Remarks by Barry Lituchy
Researcher and Author, Srebrenica Historical Project
Author and Scholar on International Law, Genocide, Human Rights, and Professor of Human Rights, Belgrade
Dr. Ljilijana Petrović
Professor of Philosophy, Vanier College, Montreal, Canada
With a special presentation by General Carlos Branco,
former Deputy Head of the U.N. Protection Force in Bosnia
“Understanding the Historical Facts of Jasenovac and Srebrenica:
Correcting False Narratives and Fighting for Human Rights in the 21st Century”
“It’s an honor to welcome you to Israel, Prime Minister, Mr. Vučić. The friendship between the Serbian and Jewish people goes back thousands of years, to the time of the Roman Republic. In the modern world are two peoples were united in struggles and suffering. In the terrible years of the Second World War in Serbia our people faced brutal persecution and murder at the hands of the Nazis and their friends. We will never forget the role of the Serbian people in fighting Nazism. It’s a badge of honor and one that is deeply felt and will always be there.”Prime Minister Netanyahu
“Although World War II formally ended 1945, this film exhibits features of “partisan” cinematography. With 450 m in length, the film was completed in a short time and presented a distressing testimony of the atrocities committed in the infamous camp being filmed only a few days following the liberation of camp. In 1945, two Croatian documentary filmmakers released a seminal 16 minute documentary on the Jasenovac concentration and death camp in the Nazi-sponsored Independent State of Croatia, consisting of Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina, an ally of Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. The Croatian directors and screenwriters were Gustav Gavrin and Kosta Hlavaty. The Jasenovac documentary was produced by the Film Company of Democratic Federative Yugoslavia , Regional Board for Croatia, Filmsko Preduzece DFJ. The crew on the film were Croats. The directors of photography and cinematography were Boris Rudman, Hugo Ribaric, Oktavijan Miletic, and Sergije Tagatz. The film editor was M. Seidl. The Jasenovac film was originally shot in 35 mm film and consists of 427 meters of film. The documentary is in Croatian. ( Description, part two: Carl Savich)”Jasenovac Committee
Noted Roma historian Dr. Ian Hancock was keynote speaker at Jasenovac Research Institute’s 8th Annual Jasenovac Day of Commemoration Ceremonies held in New York, April 25th-26th, 2009.
“He is director of the Program of Romani Studies and the Romani Archives and Documentation Center at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has been a professor of English, linguistics and Asian studies since 1972. He has represented the Romani people at the United Nations and served as a member of the US Holocaust Memorial Councilunder President Bill Clinton, who, Hancock claims, has Romani ancestry. He also represented the Romani people at the 1997 Rafto Prize award. “Wiki
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.
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