“The World Doesn’t Even Know About Jasenovac Even Though As For the Torture and Atrocities, the Croatian camp was far more terrible than Auschwitz”

Says professor dr Gideon Greif, Holocaust expert, on the largest concentration camp in the Independent State of Croatia ( Nezavisna Država Hrvatska, NDH) in his interview for Belgrade based  daily Večernje Novosti, and continues:

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“The Croatian hands are completely covered with the blood of innocent Serbs, Roma and Jews.
It is hard to believe that even today , at the end of July 2017, Jasenovac remains quite unknown internationally, despite the enormous importance it has not only for the regional but also for the European and Holocaust history.
Because, both the Jasenovac camp and other camps from the genocidal “system” in Croatia as well as other Nazi camps, differ for two reasons:
The first is that according to the testimonies of the survivors, torture in Jasenovac was much more monstrous and more demonic than in Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps, and the other reason was that Jasenovac was formed, operated and existed without even the smallest participation of German soldiers.
It was hell on Earth. That’s why the Croatian hands are completely covered by blood.  ”

Ustaški zlikovac Miško Ratković iz Trilja, Dalmacija sa još jednim ustašom, smiju se isprljani ljudskom krvlju, posle pokolja Srba 1941. Nezavisna Država Hrvatska 

Caption of the photo: The Ustasha criminal, Misko Ratkovic from Trilje in Dalmatia, with another Ustasha, laughing while covered by human blood after slaughter of Serbs 1941, Independent State of Croatia.  

Professor Dr. Gideon Greif is Chief Historian and Researcher at the “Shem Olam” Institute for Education, Documentation and Research on Faith and the Holocaust, Israel, and at the Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects in Miami, Florida.  After more than four decades of his work Dr Greif is considered one of the leading experts for Auschwitz and Zonderkommand.
Professor Greif has been paying special attention to the study of Jasenovac in the last two years.  Therefore he announced the publication of the book “Jasenovac – Auschwitz of the Balkans”, and he is one of the editors of the book ” JASENOVAC – THE RIGHT TO REMEMBERANCE””, published in April this year under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia.


“I heard about this terrible camp a long time ago, but I did not know much about him,” says Professor Greif. – I began to study it more closely few years ago.

It is devastating, however, that many of my colleagues, although resectable historians do not know anything about Jasenovac. They do not even know in which state he was, let alone to locate it!

And the history of the people killed in Jasenovac is not only a history of death but a history of atrocities, evil, sadism and indecision. In the concentration camps led by the Croats, death was regarded as a superior value. The prisoners enjoyed to torture their victims and were constantly finding new ways of torture.  To kill was not enough for them, but it had to last and cause painful suffering to the very end. ”

It is terrifying that such a torture was experienced by adults, but what is even worse is that the Croats  knew no mercy for Serbian, but also Jewish and Roma, children and infants.

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Starved Serbian childern in a single death camp for Serbian (also Jewish and Roma) children and infants, established by Croats in Jastrebarsko, Sisak, Stara Gradiska, Independent State of Croatia

– It is important to know about Jasenovac because, among  other Nazi camps, it is unique for the camps for children and babies in its system – says the professor. – The Germans had camps for women, men, or mixed ones in which adults were with their children.
But the Croats went step further and even had children’s camps.  Horrible! In just a few months, these  newborn babies have experienced only cruelty and sadism.

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Deported Serbian villagers from the Kozara region are assembled at the entrance to the Jasenovac concentration camp   (Photograph #46554)

“That’s how the Croats as well as the Germans killed their victims twice,” continues Professor Graef. – But the terrible and undeniable truth is that even the German officers who visited Jasenovac and other camps in Croatia were frustrated with the brutality and sadism they saw.
As early as July 10, 1941, Edmond von Honstenau, a German military attaché in Zagreb, wrote to Heinrich Himmel that the German troops were “the witnesses of the brutality of the Ustasha over the Serbs, Jews and Roma.”

Because of all the horrors  he learned about Jasenovac for two years of extensive research, the professor decided to devote some of his work to the victims.

– The voices of hundreds of thousands of innocent victims of Jasenovac and all the death camps in Croatia, who were brutally and most bestially executed, are coming to us from the womb of the earth, asking not to let them be erased and forgotten – says Professor Greif.
– We who have survived must keep their echo. We must raise our voice with all our might to spread the truth of their suffering all over the world. This voice, in fact, must be a scream as their killers Croats and their friends are increasingly trying to erase the traces of crime, to rewrite history and to present lies as facts and bring them to the fore.
Moreover, they are convinced that their revisionism can succeed. But I’m sure they are wrong and will not succeed.

STEPINAC  – When it comes to Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac, I will tell you clearly, sharply and briefly: his canonization is itself a crime, and people who intend to canonize him are criminals – says Professor Greif. – It’s a scoff at the victims. Anyone who has supported a criminal regime like the Ustasha does not deserve any reward!

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The very attempt to erase and relativize the history of Jasenovac resembles attempts to abolish the memory of the Holocaust, which is a very dangerous phenomenon. And for this reason, Rabbi Abraham Kriger, the founder and president of the “Shem Olam” Institute, and I came here to oppose to Croatian attempts to rewrite history.

Časne sestre naci hrv deca
Independent State of Croatia – Roman  Catholic clergy  actively participated in murder, forcible conversion of Serbs  and their children

EXHIBITIONS – PROFESSOR Gideon Greif is the director of the International Expert Group of Historians who on January 27th, on the occasion of 75 years since the founding of Jasenovac, organized an exhibition “The Truth About Jasenovac – the Right to Rememberance”  in New York, which was the biggest setting  about this  Croatian monstrous camp abroad.


The exibition includes 180 panels with texts of historians, 25 sculptures of sculptors Ljubiša Mancic and Katarina Tripkovic and 21 drawings by Dragan Jelovac, as well as authentic items of the Memorial Center “Donja Gradina” and material from the archives of Israel, Germany, USA, Italy, Norway, Republic of Srpska, Croatia and Serbia.
This exhibition will also be held in Israel in December.

– Name
– Flag
– National Emblem
– National Anthem 
– Currency
– Uniforms (Nazi black shirts)
– Pure blooded police
– Nazi terminology of WWII
– Orgiastic celebration of mass murder of Serbs
– State sponsored atrocities toward Serbian civilians are the same.

Srbe u Jasenovac







Remembering the victims of Croatian crimes in Begovo Brdo, Kordun, Serbian Krajina (today Croatia)




Serbian village Begovo Brdo, 1942- erased off the map by Croats

In the little village of Begovo Brdo, Croats  killed in the most cruel manner 137 Serbian villagers, mostly children of 15.


Some of the worst crimes during the WWII were committed on 3. April 1942, when Ustasha (armed forces of the Independent State of Croatia, Hitler’s ally, a  the sole Nazi state that has never been punished for their WW II crimes) were passing through this area.  The Croatian leader Ante Pavelic’s  battalion under the command of Antonije Mosk was in charge of ethnically cleaning the area.
They massacred 121 men, women and children;  73  were slaughtered by Croats in the forest near the village, after being beaten and forced to dig pits, grave holes for their beloved ones and themselves.

On the same day Croats had captured Serbian peasants in their homes, in the fields and killed them both by firearms  and  knives, hammers and picks. Total: 48 massacred  peasants of Serbian ethnicity.

The  Pavelic Ustasha battalions that were  less familiar with that part of the Serbian Krajina and  local villages were provided with help  of the Ustasha Company from the area Cetingrad and Slunj, who knew  every Serbian village, pathways and their Serbian neighbors.

Ustase ubijaju Srbina
With blessing of Roman catholic clergy: Croats torturing captured Serb



Vjekoslav “Maks” Luburić, notorious Croatian butcher,  ‘ general’, commander of the Jasenovac concentration camp, commander of the Croatian Crusaders,  here with a cut off  Serbian head.

Ustasha Marko Hrvojević from Ladjevacko Seliste testified:

” The guides were Joco Mocni, Joso Cindric, Mijo Cindric and Mica Cindric. I personally have killed with a hoe two women and four children. When I entered the house the women and children went out of the house, and  Joco Mocni from Slunj called out: “Kill them, damn Serbs!”


WWII. – 1942. – Independent State of Croatia – Serbian  girl raped and murdered near Jasenovac

First I killed those two women and four children, by hitting them with a hoe in the back of their heads. Women and children were crying and begged me, saying, “Don’t  brother, may God save you!”  And I didn’t do anything but continued with hammering their heads … ”

Bastaja Dusan

Serbian child Bastaja Dusan, massacred by Croats on 3. April 1942.

One of the very few survivors of the horrors of mass atrocity, then nine years old girl Milica Pekeč-Vranješ in tears and with great pain,  mustered the strength and spoke out nineteen years after the massacre:

“I remember well the early morning of 3rd April 1942, when we were surprised by the Croats Ustasha and raised early in the morning. The children were still sleeping.
I could not sleep,  I was very fearful, because we always had to flee.
There were 11 persons in my house that morning.
Croats took us  barefoot in the frosty morning  near Batnoga.  We were brought in Kalic springs. There we met the others from our village that have been caught by the Croats .

…. They argued where to kill us. They couldn’t agree, because we were near local  water springs.

One Croat,  Jure Krunić, a cattle keeper advised the Ustashe not to slaughter us near the springs. He already had his place in the forest for this purpose, he said.  ….  …. My grandfather and grandmother  could not walk due to their age  so they were then taken little further into the bush where they were slaughtered. T

Then we were surrounded by Ustashas and in front of them, as a guide to the pit went Jure Krunic. Jeka  Pekeč , young woman (30) had three children, and the fourth one was to be born  any day.


Serbs in the hands of  CCroats, Krajina (today Croatia), April 3. 1942. 

Her older girl walked next to  her, meanwhile she was carrying the youngest child because it was just a baby that could not walk.

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Croats murdering Serbs, WW II

Jure Krunic was leading the column. Very soon he stopped, took a the child and threw it on a flat rock, and took the sharp edged  spade and struck the child on the belly.  The child died.
We were ordered to sit on the ground in a valley. Some have claimed that they  converted from the Orthodox to the Catholic faith and begged for their lives,  but Croats laughed and told them: “Leave that for the future!  It will be good.”

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Like in 1990 ies, the Roman catholic church  knew and agrred to extermination and genocide of Serbs in Independent State of Croatia

They divided us into five groups. I was in the fourth group. They put two girls, Ljuba Kresojević  17 years,  and Maca Mrkobrad  19 years old, to stand beside the pit and watch what is done to women and children. They were forced to watch the slaughter of their parents and family till the last one, and Croats finally slaughtered them too.   My older sister of 14 was in the group before, together with our brother Nikola,  and she was carrying our 6 months old brother, and my brother Dragan, who was 6 years old,  was with me. These two brothers came under the Ustasha knife, and me and little brother Dragan in the second turn.


Kresoja Stojan Stanko, slaughtered by the Croats and survived 

When we came near the cave we were told to lie face down. Then one Ustasha – our neighbor- prod her neck with a knife. Probably because we were sure that we’re going to die we were paralyzed of fear and suffering.  Little  Dusan Pekeč aged about 10 jumped to flee,but he was stabbed repeatedly with knives.  Those just massacred and stabbed Serbs were thrown into the pit immediately by Croats.


The body of a little Serbian girl lies on the ground at the Jadovno death camp

— They took me to the back and threw me to the dead ones. I was stung by Ustasha knife at five spots in the neck and in two places in the forearm.  Here, take a look, professor Djuro,  stabbing scars can be seen even today, and it’s 18 April 1961. –  it’s been 19 years since then.)

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Sadistic and sick: Ustasha smoking and smiling while watching massacred  Serbs

There were several slaughtered in front of me. While the Ustashi slayed me by my neck the blood was roaring out of the mouth and nose, but I was conscious all the time. And at the moment when blood flowed I knew I was still alive. When all the Serbs were slaughtered, including  two girls Ljuba  and Maca, then another knife poked all those who were not moving and showing signs of life. I, although conscious,  did not budge. I heard them saying: ”  No one is  alive. “After all they thrown the two girls in the pit, sang and left.

After some time I managed to get up and I sat covered in blood on a pile of dead and saw his brother Dragan beside him. He was still alive. He leaves it in his mouth and he was covered in blood. I removed the leaves from his mouth and asked, “Could you come with me?” And he made hardly noticeable overhead that it’s impossible.

I saw Ljubomir Bastaja who managed to raise, taking from his slaughtered aunt’s Kuna pocket something. He asked me if I go. We slowly  headed up the forest. After that ran to  us  my friend Vlado Bastaja, he was nine years old, and was stabbed in the neck and ribs.


Tortured and massacred Serbian children, Jadovno conc camp system, Independent State of Croatia, summer 1942.

Then we started to hear the voices of the still living  from the pit. Later  on, we heard that some of the survivors  in nhe following few days were coming out of  the mass grave pit,  and the Ustashas  caught and killed those battered, bruised  bloody and already half a dead people.
There was a rumor that Soka Bastaja, my grandmother emerged from the pit, but she was stabbed and beaten untill her whole body was unrecognizable and totally broken.  It is known that my little brother Dragan emerged from the pit, but on the third day Croats  from Batnog killed him and and threw into the slurry.


Massacred Serbian peasants, April 3, 1942.

The three of us wandered out into the woods near Žalčeva  Kosa water where we washed the blood  and came near  Žrvnica and Požar villages in Vučji jarak.  As we approached my house we were noticed by the Ustashe  and they shot us. We ran away through the woods and came to the village Gojkovac, and then Klokoč. There I met my mother and brother Milan, who managed to escape the Ustasha thugs.  Afterwards some women washed us, took care of our wounds and cut our bloody and sticky hair.  I continued with other Serbian villagers to flee from the Ustasha knife. ”

“Milica, how is your health now?”

“You see, it’s not as bad as I’ve gone through. Sometimes when the weather changes I move and  and I eat slower, I guess something gets stuck in the throat. Timbre is a little different. During this tragedy, I was nine, and now I’m twenty-eight years. ”

In the woods near the village Latićki Batnog Ustashas  slaughtered and thrown into a pit  the following Serbian civilians on 3rd April 1942.:

1. BastajaMile Anka, 10 years old

1.Bastaja Mile Bogdan, 5 years old

3. Bastaja Bosiljka Mile, 1 year old

4.  Bastaja Cvijeta, 55 years

5. Bastaja Mile Draga, 9 years

6. Bastaja Petar Dragica, 6 years

7.  Bastaja Mile Dusan, 11 years old

8. Bastaja Petar Dusan 5 years

9. Ljuba Bastaja Mile, 3 years

10. Bastaja Peter Mira, 1 year

11.  Bastaja Mica Mica, 15 years

12. Bastaja Petar Mica, 10 years

13. Bastaja Rade Mico, 43

14. Bastaja Mika, 42 years old

15. Petar Bastaja Milan, 4 years

16. Bastaja Janka Mile, 40 years

17. Laze Bastaja Mile, 16 years old

18. Mice Bastaja Mile, 15 years

19.  Bastaja Rade Milic, 37 years old

20.  Bastaja Janka Milka, 35 years

21.  Mice Bastaja Petar, 9 years

22. Mice Bastaja Petar, 2 years

23. Laze Bastaja Rade, 19 years

24. Bastaja Milutin Sofija, 43 years old

25. Bastaja Todor Sofia, 50 years old

26. Mice Bastaja Soka, 17 years

27.  Bastaja Stojan Stanko, 42 years old

28. Kresoja Marka Bosiljka, 15 years

29.  Darinka Marka Kresoja, 17 years

30. Dragica  Marka Kresoja, 17 years

31.  Dusan Marka Kresoja, 11 years

32. Kresoja Marka Ljuba, age 17

33.  Kresoja Stojan Marka, 36 years

34. Kresoja Marka Mica, 14 years

35. Kresoja Marka Milo, 9 years

36. Kresoja Marka Milan, 12 years

37.Kresoja Marko Milic, 13 years

38. Kresoja Nikola Milka, 38 years

39.Kresoja Marka Milutin, 5 years

40. Kresoja Marka Mira, 5 years

41.Kresoja Marka Nada, 2 years

42. Kresoja Marka Nenadka, 1 year

43. Kresoja Marka Ranka, 12 years old

44.  Kresoja Marka Stanko, 3 years

45.  Pekeč Ana, 58 years old

46. Pekeč Bosiljka Duro, 14 years

47. Pekeč Bosiljka Nikola, 3 years

48. Pekeč Duro Dragan, 6 years

49. Pekeč Mile Dragic, 20 years

50.  Dragica Pekeč Nikola,  8 yeras

51.  Dusan Pekeč Duro, 6 years

52. Pekeč Nikola Ignjatije, 1 year

53. Pekeč Jeka, 24 years

54. Laze Pekeč Mile, 16 years old

55. Laze Pekeč Milka, 13 years

56.  Pekeč Stojan Milka, 44

57.  Pekeč Nicholas Lazo, 18

58.  Pekeč Sara, 60 years old

59. Pekeč Soka, 3 years,

61. Mrkobrad Mica, 19

62. Mrkobrad Mila, 46 years

63. Mrkobrad Nikola, 44 years old

64. Dragan Pavkovic, 4 years

65. Dragica Pavkovic, 15 years

66. Dusan Pavkovic, 4 years

67. Pavkovic Duro, 6 years

68.  Petar Pavkovic, 6 years

69. Anica Vuletic, 66 years old

70.  Dejanovic Milan, 2 years

71. Sara Banda, 21 year old

72.  MAZINJANIN Dragica, 34 years old

73. Pekeš Djuro, 40 years old

Note: From the number of 60 to 73 are noted the massacred  Serbs from the following villages: Poljane Deli, Gornja Žrvnica, Polojslog Varos, Ruševice, bears. They were captured by the Ustasha in the forest, slaughtered and dumped in a mass grave Latićkama, where  still rests 73 victims of the Croatian Ustasha genocide.

On the same day ie. 3. April 1942. Ustasha shot, massacred killed with knives and spades in their houses in the same village Begovo Brdo:

1. Bastaja Bosiljka Michael, 34 years old

2.Bastaja Bosiljka Rade, 16 years old

3. Bastaja Rade Dragan, 4 years

4. Mice Bastaja Ljuba, 22 years old

5.  Bastaja Rade Ljuba 2 years

6.  Bastaja Cvijan Mara, 15 years

7. Bastaja Michael Rade, 64 years

8. Mihajlo Bastaja Mile, 45 years old

9. Bastaja Rade Nikola, 10 years

10. Bastaja Rade Petar, 20 years old

11. Bastaja Rade, 45 years old

12, Bastaja Ilija Rade, 39

13th Bastaja Petar Stana, 45 years old

14. Bastaja Stevan, 60

15th MAZINJANIN Mila, 44 years

16. MAZINJANIN Rade, 50 years

17. Pekeč Dragan Bogdan, 2 years

18. Pekeč Cvijan Rade, 60

19.  Pekeč Milivoje Gojko, 3 years

20. Pekeč Sime Mico, 31 years old

21. Pekeč Rade Mila, 44 years

22. Pekeč Milivoj Sime, 11 years old

23. Pekeč Nikola Milka, 23 years old

24. Pekeč Vase Milka, 35 years old

25. Pekeč Nikola Mira, 9 years

26. Pekeč Rade Nikola, 42 years old

27. Pekeč Rade Nikola,  at age 7

28. Pekeč Peter Rade, 41

29.  Pekeč Sofrenija Rade, 50 years

30.  Pekeč Sime Ranka, 17 years

31. Pekeč Nikola Sara, 40 years old

32. Pekeč Vasilja Savo, 60

33. Laze Pekeč Simo, 50 years

34. Dusan Pekeč Ana, 16 years old

35. Pekeč Rade Duro, 40 years

36. Pekeč Nikola Soka 5 years

37. Pekeč Rade Stanko, 45 years

38. Pekeč Vasilja Vaso, 52 years

39. Pekeč Janka Dragic, 38 years

40. Pekeč Nikola Branko, 4 years

41. Vukelic Miladina Danica, 13 years

42. Vukelic Radovan Dragisa, 9 years

43. Vukelic Milivoje Jeka, 20 years

44. Vukelic Milan Dragic, 50 years

45. Vukelic Janka Milka, 3 years

46. Vukelic Radovan Sara, 2 years

47. Vukelic Radovan Spasoje 10 years

48.  Vukelic Rade Stoja, 5 years

Serbian women
Picture: The acts of murder and of the cruelty in the camp reached their peak in the late summer of 1942, when tens of thousands of Serbian villagers were deported to Jasenovac.

We invite all those who have additional information, documents related to this crime to contact us by e-mail: udruzenje@jadovno.com, phone: 051/333-588, +387/65/511 -130, either at the Association Jadovno 1941. King Alfonso XIII 49a, Banja Luka, Republika Srpska.

source: http://www.jadovno.com/intervjui-reportaze-2/articles/crimes-over-serbs-documented-in-italian-forbidden-books.html