Wiesenthal Center Denounces Plaque With Ustasha Slogan in Town of Jasenovac, Site of Mass Murder by Ustasha

December 6, 2016

Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today denounced the use of an Ustasha (Croatian fascist) slogan on a memorial plaque to Croatian soldiers who fell in the 90s, in the village of Jasenovac, site of the largest concentration camp in the Balkans, where close to 100,000 Serbs, Jews, Roma, and anti-fascist Croatians were murdered by the Ustasha.

In a statement issued here today by its director for Eastern European affairs, Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center noted that the use of slogans which incite to violence is forbidden by Croatian law, and that Za dom spremni (for the Homeland, ready) was an integral part of the propaganda accompanying the Ustasha genocidal campaigns against Serbs, Jews and Roma.

According to Zuroff:

"It is hard to believe that an incendiary slogan like Za dom spremni can be publicly displayed in a country which is a member of the European Union. Such slogans are an insult to the survivors of the Ustasha terror and part of an attempt to distort the history of World War II and the Holocaust, turning perpetrators into heroes."

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