"Witness To Jasenovac's Hell"
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Tudjman was a Holocaust denier, a Serbophobe and an apologist for the Croatian clerical fascists, the Ustashas.  During World War II, their 'Independent' State of Croatia set up the first Nazi death camp in Europe. It was called 'Jasenovac'.
Who invited this anti-Semite to the Holocaust Museum?
The same Associated Press dispatch reported: "...Naomi Paiss, communications director for the [Holocaust] museum, said the State Department recommended that Tudjman, as a democratically elected leader, be given an invitation." (AP, 21/4/93)
Ahh, "recommended." As in: they recommended; she obeyed.
Two points about this.
First, even if Tudjman had been elected democratically, which is highly debatable,  why would that be relevant? It was no secret he was a racist thug. This was obvious long before the summer of 1995, at which time Croatian troops, led by US 'advisers', drove the entire Serbian population, mostly farmers, out of the Krajina area of Yugoslavia. Tudjman went on a train tour to celebrate. His racism - grimly reminiscent of Nazism - was made clear in this excerpt from a speech, broadcast by Croatian radio and monitored by the BBC:
"Cancer destroying the heart of the Croatian national being..." If this sounds like anti-Semitism, it should be no surprise. In Tudjman's 1989 book, "Wastelands - Historical Truth," he endorsed the amazing claim that in the Jasenovac death camp, Jewish prisoners:
Only a handful of people survived Jasenovac to contradict Tudjman's infamous lie. For example, most of the 80,000 Yugoslav Jews were murdered.
So if Tudjman was a Nazi apologist/thug, *why* was he invited to the opening of the *Holocaust* Museum?
Which brings us to the second point: he who decides the guest list runs the party.
Ms. Paiss' comment, quoted by Associated Press, above, communicated with eloquence who had the ultimate power. For the State Department to use the opening of the Museum to whitewash Tudjman, who blamed Jews for the deaths at Jasenovac, was audacious. To be sure, some well-known Jewish leaders were quoted in the days before the opening, objecting to Tudjman's presence. But their objections were flexible, like a safety valve; they relented. On the night of the opening, they were silent.
Outside the building, Holocaust deniers picketed. Were they stupidly unaware that Mr. Tudjman, King of the deniers, was inside, on stage? Or were they there precisely to divert attention from the fact?
The Holocaust had been seized by State and would henceforth be a weapon of US policy to glorify or denigrate; the Museum was the showcase. That of course is why the US government wanted it built in Washington. Handy when needed.
Mr. Tudjman was on the 'to-be-glorified' list.
The Serbs, who had lost hundreds of thousands to the Nazi death machine, were on the denigrated list. Thus President Milosevic was conspicuously *not* invited to the opening. And not only that; President Clinton and Holocaust scholar Elie Wiesel spoke, implicitly comparing the Serbian people to the Nazis. Clinton threatened war against the Serbs.
And while the Serbian people, whom the Ustashas had slaughtered alongside the Jews, were denounced and threatened with slaughter, no one spoiled the State Department's show by mentioning that an heir to the Ustashas, whom Hitler once called "our Nazis," shared the stage.
Why? Why did *nobody* object? Why was Elie Wiesel silent? Is it because the dead lack clout? If they do, it is not for lack of numbers. As many as one million people (Serbs, Jews, Gypsies and Partisans) were slaughtered at Jasenovac by Mr. Tudjman's friends, slaughtered so terribly that the German Nazis expressed shock.
Lest we forget, the camp was called 'JASENOVAC'.
Read Sample Chapter - We have posted Chapter 38 of the book. It describes the heroic escape of the male prisoners. Go to http://emperors-clothes.com/jasenovac/escape-text.htm
In the area of northern Bosnia and what
was Krajina, virtually every family was devastated by
internments in the Jasenovac prison camp and the
subsequent slaughter that happened there. On April 21,
1945, nine days before Hitler committed suicide, and as
Allies moved toward Berlin, the Ustasha worked to destroy
evidence of the camp and witnesses to the horror. They
blew up camp buildings and burned the 760 surviving women
until well into the night. On the morning of April 22, 1,060
men and boys broke down the doors of their prison, fought
the Ustasha guards with their bare hands, and ran for
their lives. Eighty survived. Ilija Ivanovic, a retired
teacher, was one of the eighty and is now one of eight
witnesses who still lives to tell the story of the escape.
To read part of the chapter on the 1945 escape go to http://www.icdsm.com/jasenovac/escape-text.htm
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1) See, "Meet The
Nazis The CIA Married: The Croatian Ustashi," by
Petar Makara And Jared Israel at
2) Tudjman was elected
amidst a reign of terror by his neo-Fascist Croatian
Democratic Union (HDZ). The HDZ was supported by a
worldwide network of Ustasha veterans. Wanted for heinous
crimes in Yugoslavia, these Ustashas were maintained in
comfort by governments in Europe and the Americas. Many
Ustashas and their children were brought back to Croatia
in the late 1980s and early 1990s to assist Mr. Tudjman's
'democratic' efforts. The Western media suppressed the
story of what was going on in Croatia in the early 1990s
because it contradicted the official line that 'a
democratic Croatia is rising from the ashes of
communism,' and so on. Sometimes a *hint* of the truth
leaked out. See for example the (London) Independent
3) BBC Summary of World
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