Croatia: Holocaust Memorial Vandalized — EU Silent about Resurgence of Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial

Croatia’s politicians push anti-Semitic laws to block return of private property belonging to Jews which were stolen by the pro-Nazi Croatian Ustasha government during World War II.

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Croatia | From left: 1) Holocaust Memorial in Varazdin vandalized in November 2020. 2) Ante Pavelic (pronounced Pavelich), dictator of Independent State of Croatia — the pro-Nazi Croatian government in parliament (10 April 1941–8 May 1945). 3) A Jewish girl wearing a Jewish identification badge with the Star of David and “Ž” for Židov (Jew) in Croatian. 4) A train that carried Jews, Roma and Serbs to the Jasenovac extermination camp on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia.

In an earlier piece, International Leaders Summit shared these findings:

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What made Jasenovac particularly cruel was the existence of a special camp for children where an estimated 20,000 Jewish, Roma and Serb children were brutally murdered. The methods used by the Ustase guards to kill and torture the inmates were reportedly so barbaric that even SS chief Heinrich Himmler is believed to have suggested to the Ustashe that industrial killing, i.e. gas chambers, was a “cleaner way” to liquidate victims so that the guards wouldn’t need to use knives, axes, and other handheld weapons against those that they were sending to their deaths.

Menachem Shelah, a historian with the Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, wrote in 1990 that “the crimes committed in Jasenovac are among the most terrible in the entire history of humanity.”


“I was deeply shocked and saddened to read the bad news(23.11) from #Varaždin.The newly erected Monument, honoring the memory of the Holocaust victims, located across the #Varaždin synagogue was vandalized. We really hoped that the new positive spirit of reconciliation nowadays. In #Croatia, would stop those extreme elements who deny the Holocaust and relativize the horrors of Ustasha regime. Unfortunately, I was wrong. But, I will keep sharing the lessons of the #Holocaust also as a warning.”

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Ustasha (Croatian fascist) camp guards order a Jewish man to remove his ring before being shot. Jasenovac concentration camp, Yugoslavia, between 1941 and 1945. Photograph: Jewish Historical Museum, Belgrade

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