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English30/05/2020

MODIFICATION OF HISTORY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED

 

VIŠEGRAD, MAY 30 /SRNA/ - The victims must not be forgotten and modification of history will not be allowed was said today in Stari Brod near Višegrad, where the Ustashas led by Jure Francetić massacred over 6,000 Serb civilians 78 years ago.

 

Slobodan Župljanin, an envoy of the President of the Republika Srpska, told reporters that the memory of the victims of the Ustasha terror from 1942 is being revived in Stari Brod today and that revamped Ustasha movement will not be allowed to attack the Serb people.

He reminded that the genocidal creation of the Independent State of Croatia had a known goal, to kill 30 percent, baptize 30 percent and 30 percent liquidate in another way, and get rid of the Serb people on that way.

Župljanin mentioned that new fascist movements are reappearing today, that hordes of evil are showing their face again and trying to rewrite history.

"From this place we must say that we must never forget these innocent victims. We must never forget that the Drina is salvation and that it must still be salvation and our pride. We must never forget that, in order to save their honor, to avoid massacres and rapes, 320 Serbs` girls finished with their lives", Župljanin pointed out.

The envoy of the Serb member of the BiH Presidency Boško Tomić has said that at this place, where more than 6,000 women, children and the elderly were killed in a monstrous way, blood was freezing in the veins and this place must become historic.

He mentioned that this was repeated to the Serb people in all wars, and that it would have happened in the last defense-patriotic war if they had not organized and saved their offspring.

"This place must be visited, children should come here, excursions and see how people were brutally killed just because they are Serbs. It is time to show the world that Serbs have always been a liberating people and that they fought for their lives, rights and freedom. The world does not recognize that, but that does not mean that we should give up", Tomić pointed out.

The Ministry of Labor, War Veterans and Disabled Persons' Protection Duško Milunović said that the communist system killed the victims for the second time during its rule by denying them and hiding mass crimes against the Serb people because of brotherhood and unity.

He thanked everyone who did everything to make this crime public and to hear about what the Ustashas did in this area. "We will not forget this crime and we will mark it every year in this place", Milunović said.

The mayor of Sokolac Milovan Bjelica said that this crime must be included in school textbooks, that it must not be forgotten.

"The world public must know about this in order for younger generations and future generations to be brought here and shown what happened in this place in 1942", Bjelica said, thanking all the people who participated in the construction of the memorial museum and made a great contribution, and thus opened the eyes of the public about this suffering.

One of the donors of the Memorial Museum Spasoje Albijanić said that every time when you come here, your feelings stir and your mind freezes.

"How could it not, when more than 6,000 holy souls hovering above and watch us. They, who died innocently just because they were Serbs, where newborn children, even unborn children, women, the elderly, stood in the same line", Albijanić pointed out.

The mayor of Višegrad Mladen Đurević said that this year they are in smaller capacity in Stari Brod for justified reasons, but that the message to future generations is that such things must not be forgotten or repeated, but that it should be talked about and passed from generation to generation.

The priest Dragan Vukotić said that books are published and printed, websites are opened and much more in order to clear up this crime.

The clergy of the Serbian Orthodox Church were held the commemoration for the Serbs` victims near the memorial in Stari Brod, after which wreaths were laid at the Memorial Museum, and roses were thrown to the victims in the Drina river.

The Ustasha units, led by Juro Francetic, launched in the spring of 1942 an offensive in order to expel and kill the Serb population from the eastern part of BiH.

The chroniclers wrote that one day in the war in 1942, not wanting to get into the hands of the Ustashas, as many as 320 girls jumped from the rocks into the Drina river, and the Ustashas committed the biggest and the most massive massacre of Serbs in Stari Brod on the Orthodox holiday of Mladenci - March 22, 1942.

Serb civilians were mostly refugees from Rogatica, Višegrad, Han Pijesak, Kladanj, Sokolac, Olovo, Pale and Sarajevo. /end/bo