July 6th 2006 – Promotion of book "Jasenovac and Holocaust in Yugoslavia"

As we were told in Aleksandar Fredi Mosic's review of the book that followed, it's value is based on seriousness of the authors' presentations, primarily about testimonies of survivors exposed at 1st International Conference about Jasenovac Concentration Camp. He particularly stressed the importance and value of prologue (on 44 pages) written by Mr. Barry Lituchy. Following strictly scientific criteria the book offered necessary knowledge of significant historians (Eli M. Rosenbaum, Michael Berenbaum, Thomas Popovich, Antun Miletic, Charles R. Allen, Jr. and others), on the way to the chapters where testimonials of Jasenovac ex-prisoners were published.
Introducing  to the visitors the horrible world of terror which was main characteristic of Jasenovac camp, Mr. Mosic pointed the significance of special addendums to the book. Camp maps, notes about collaborators, index, photograph from the mentioned confence, many historic photographs, they all enriched the contents of the book in the best way.
Editor Mr. Barry Lituchy in his addressing first mentioned historic circumstances of Jasenovac camp foundation and described wish of Kvisling states from this region, formed after fall of Yugoslav Kingdom, to be first to "solve the Jewish question". Facts that were exposed by publicist Danko Vasovic (voluntary interpreter to Mr. Lituchy) that 90,5% of total Jewish population in Serbia and 91% in NDH died in the first year of the war shows on the best way how aggressor's servants followed instructions from German government.

Exception of Jasenovac from the exhibition at Holocaust Museum in USA during early 90's Barry Lituchy qualified as attitude of Bill Klinton's administration towards actual developments in former Yugoslavia during that time. Fortunately the official US government attitude changed after 2000, so Jasenovac finally finds it's place in the "Remembrance Hall" of the Holocaust Museum. It was a real privilege to listen our honourable guest and his view to historical circumstances of WW2 and bonds to the happenings of civil war in former Yugoslavia during 90's of the 20th century.

After official presentation the visitors had opportunity to ask questions to honourable guests. Addressing of Mr. Vlahovic, better known as Courier Jovica, was pointed more to regret for more present ignorance towards contribution of Partizans to the anti-Fascistic movement of people from this region. "Politika" newspaper journalist Slobodan Kljakic was interested whether US government still blockades free access of Holocaust investigators to archive documents. He particularly pointed to Kurt Weildheim case. Mr. Lituchy answer was positive with regrets that archives, after all these year, are still not accessible to everyone. Maja Mijatovic was interested about Mr. Lituchy's attitude about attempts of some to present Nedic Kvisling government's activities as responsibility of whole Serbian nation, especially for suffers of Jews. Mr. Lituchi's answer was clear. For him there has never been people's responsibility, Serbians in this case, but of fully named individuals. He stressed enormously huge contribution of Serbs to anti-Fascist struggle during WW2. He also pointed that people in who's name crimes were committed should be well informed about historic facts and to distance themselves from all injudicious acts of their governments. Dragan Stojkovic contributed to the topic exposing his disagreement to collective forgetting. Historic facts cannot be blurred with daily politics' needs of current establishment. Conversation continued after the official promotion. Many of our guests stayed late in the night wanting to learn more about this exceptional publishing project.

This promotion was held thanks to Mr. Lituchy's readiness to come from USA especially for this occasion. It ended with our promise to do all we can to organise another promotion for broader reader audience of Zemun.