From: Dr. Michael Pravica
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 6:52 PM
Searching Lexis-Nexis, I found that I had another letter published in The Jerusalem Post on the Croatian/Ustashe genocide of Serbs during WWII which responded to Michael Freund’s excellent article on the subject. Another letter was published alongside mine which I include here. Thank you to the Jerusalem Post for airing these views and daring to expose the truth!
The Jerusalem Post
Opinion, Page 4
June 21, 2013
Ghosts of the past
Sir, – I would like to thank Michael Freund and The Jerusalem Post for taking unrepentant Croatia to task in his excellent article “Time to confront Croatia’s hidden Holocaust, (Opinion, May 31).
Croatia stands as a nation that has yet to properly acknowledge, apologize for – and compensate the victims of – one of the worst genocides in human history during WWII – and in fact openly celebrates it. The ghosts of Croatia’s fascist WWII past will never go away and will ensure that the Balkans will remain unstable until this issue is properly resolved.
The Serbs were second only to the Jews in the proportional loss of their population during this genocide. Like the Jews, there is not a Serb alive today who didn’t have some relatives who perished in this WWII-era genocide.
What is also not largely known is the role of the Croatian Catholic Church and the Vatican in inciting this orgy of barbarism and madness. The key sticking point here is the Catholic Church’s beatification of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, who was prosecuted and punished as a war criminal in Yugoslavia. Stepinac was no saint. His recognition as such must be rescinded.
I beseech the European Union not to admit Croatia until it is forced to confront and apologize for its horrible past.
Sir, – I must congratulate Michael Freund on his enlightened opinion piece, though I was shocked and oblivious of the details on the horrific genocide of Jews, Serbs and gypsies perpetuated by fascist Croatia during World War II.
Enough time has passed that I can’t believe such an idyllic, peaceful, beautiful tourist location on the Adriatic Sea could have such a sordid and brutal history.
How sick is the European Union to allow Croatia – with that violent history of sectarian hate and conflict – to enter into their questionable club without an ongoing publicity and education campaign to confront similar racial discrimination in the younger generations?
Surely a good part of the huge advertising budget we see in the media promoting Croatia as a holiday destination should be diverted to commemorate a meaningful memorial for the many innocent victims that died in such a horrendous manner.