The statement by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitanovic during her visit to Argentina, that Croats after World War II welcomed freedom in that country, has provoked vicious reactions in both Croatia and the world, writes Serbian daily “Vecernje Novosti”.
Efraim Zuroff, director of the Center Simon Wiesenthal, also reacted reminding that at that time the worst Ustasha criminals, such as Ante Pavelic, fled to Argentina in 1945.
On this occasion he sent a letter to the President Kitarovic, which was published on the portal 24sata.hr.
“Dear President Grabar-Kitarovic,
I am writing to you to express my horror and to protest against your statements during your visit to Argentina. According to Croatian portal 24sata.hr, you said that you are ‘proud of all generations of Croats who came to Argentina’. If this is true, you are obviously proud of the notorious Ustasha war criminals such as Ante Pavelic, Eugen Dida Kvaternik, Dinko Sakic, Nada Sakic, Ivo Rojnica, Vinko Nikolic and Franja Nevistic, to name only some of the Ustashas who fled to Argentina to avoid punishment …
Such a statement is usually the disguise of the horrible crimes of the Ustasha regime in NDH and a terrible insult to the victims, their families and those who fought against it.
Dr. Efraim Zuroff.”
President Grabar-Kitarovic immediately sent a reply.
“I am rejecting your missed interpretations of my statement, and my opinion on NDH is well known. Only malicious commentators can read from my statement the glorification of a totalitarian regime”, she wrote in a reply to Dr. Zuroff and accused him of repeatedly trying to impose collective guilt on Croatia.
The Croatian opposition also reacted with a message to the President saying that it is better for her not to travel anywhere because she always compromises the country.