BELGRADE – The Remembrance Day for the victims of the Holocaust, genocide and other victims of fascism was commemorated at the memorial to WWII genocide victims at Belgrade’s Old Fair Grounds on Friday.
It is our obligation to oppose aspirations to a revision of history and a twisting of facts by spreading the truth, as well as to fight a resurrected Nazism and Ustashism, Serbian Justice Minister Nikola Selakovic said.
Remembrance of the victims and gatherings such as this are a guarantee that genocide will not happen again, Selakovic said.
In places such as this, Roma, Jews and Serbs revisit the lessons of history, but are also warned that they must become even closer to each other, he said.
The ceremony was attended by the ambassadors of Croatia, Germany, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the US and other countries, death camp survivors, members of the families of those killed, representatives of the Federation of Jewish Municipalities of Serbia and the Roma national minority council, as well as diplomats, representatives of associations and citizens.
The Remembrance Day commemorates April 22, 1945, when a group of 1,075 remaining prisoners attempted to break out of the Jasenovac Ustashi death camp, but only 127 of them survived.
According to estimates given by a Yugoslav state commission following the first exhumations – and subsequently confirmed by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre – 500,000 Serbs, 80,000 Roma, 32,000 Jews and tens of thousands of anti-fascists of various ethnicities went missing in the Jasenovac camp.