BELGRADE – Serbian Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy Aleksandar Vulin and Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Efraim Zuroff said Monday that Serbia should have a memorial complex commemorating the victims of Nazi death camps in World War II.

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It should serve as a scientific research and education center for the young, said Vulin and Zuroff, who discussed the foundation of a memorial center at the former Nazi concentration camp Staro Sajmiste in Belgrade.

The construction of Staro Sajmiste memorial center dedicated to the Holocaust victims is very important for preserving the memory of the tragic plight of Serbs and Jews, stressed Vulin.

It is also important for the citizens and the state of Serbia as we are faced even today with revisionist attempts to rewrite history, said Vulin, stressing that there is strong political will in Serbia to carry out this project, the ministry said in a release.

Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center thanked the Serbian government and the Belgrade authorities for their efficiency in the realization of the Staro Sajmiste project.

Zuroff is on a three-day visit to Belgrade, at the invitation of Minister Vulin, where he will take part in the work of a commission tasked with preparing the program concept and management model proposals for the Staro Sajmiste memorial complex.

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    Serbian civilians were involved in saving thousands of Yugoslavian Jews during this period. Miriam Steiner-Aviezer, a researcher into Yugoslavian Jewry and a member of Yad Vashem’s Righteous Gentiles committee states: “The Serbs saved many Jews. Contrary to their present image in the world, the Serbs are a friendly, loyal people who will not abandon their neighbors.” Currently, Yad Vashem recognizes 131 Serbians as Righteous Among Nations, the highest of any Balkan country.

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