For Croatia, its role in Holocaust remains a non-event

Today, several Croatian officials showed up at the site of the government’s WWII death camp where they were slaughtering Serbs, Jews and Roma but while officially urging “love”, Croatia’s popular culture still treats the role Croatia as a nation played in WWII Holocaust as a non-event.

Consider Croatia’s media coverage of the event.

The story where the Croat President is urging “love” for all those whom Croatia has been killing – namely love of Serbs, Jews and Roma – is shoved somewhere on the bottom of their web sites.

Below, for example, we see the screen shot of Croatia’s news site Jutarnji.hr. One needs careful examination of all the other headlines in order to come across a link to the Jasenovac story, all the way on the bottom of the page, and only as a link to another site and not their own report.

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Croatia’s Vecernji.hr is, thank goodness, less Holocaust-phobic. Although brief, the Jasenovac story is their own but still way off the top of the page where such horrific event belongs as part of the legacy of Croatian people.

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Granted, it took some guts for the Croatian President to decide to mark the Jasenovac liberation, but it is to be expected that he will, soon, become the target of political potshots by vast array of Croatian politicians who, lets be frank, savor the fact that they were killing Serbs and Jews and that, in the end, their methods of genocide have won: There are virtually no Jews left in Croatia while number of Serbs has dwindled to nothing.

Official Croatia has even removed all the exhibits from Jasenovac death-camp prompting one survivor to send an open-letter noting that “the information on the historical truth about the crimes committed in Jasenovac shown blurred, with systematic avoidance of explicit the single essential information.”

Even Croatians who oppose their WWII government, the Ustasha, they do so not out of disgust for what they’ve done but out of pragmatism that aims to shield the perpetrators and absolve Croatia’s responsibility for the genocide. Croatia’s former President Stipe Mesic was rather frank in this admission when he bluntly stated that Tito and the communists were good for Croatians because they removed the war reparations, guilt and saved the Croatian WWII leaders from justice.

Mesic is indeed correct because Croatia has never paid their reparations while Ustasha leaders, virtually all of them, moved on to south America where they became either wealthy businessmen from the capital they plundered out of their victims or, like the chief Ustasha, Ante Pavelic, got to run the security apparatus of the Argentine government.

While brutally assassinating scores of Serbian democrats and Serbian Church clergy, Tito and his communist bandits touched no Croatian Ustasha.

Now, 68 years after Jasenovac, the Ustasha deeds still remain unpunished but unlike Hitler, Ustasha ideology has won in Croatia, because what that government has set out to do during WWII all of it has materialized now, even the triviality of their atrocities so much so that it has become a non-event.