Croatian introlerance history by ian stalcar furac
Any discrimination, ethnic, religious, gender, sexualorientation, social or regional origin, or any other basis, is unacceptable.
Croatia rejects all forms of extremism, intolerance and xenophobia. Justice that does not make exceptions and patriotism that is not based on personal interests, which does not remain only in words, but patriotism, which is confirmed by the works and is reflected in the results - it is a model of our society. Each of us creates our behavior, or deny justice. So do not be afraid, we must not keep silent, we should not turn our head!
Courage is the one who conquers injustice, which achieves a better, fairer society. But not in the history of this area was not always so. The wars and post war periods have written different stories. Here are some examples of intolerance and injustice happened during the Croatian history:
Jasenovac was a concentration camp in Croatia as a result of policies of racial and ethnic intolerance. In Jasenovac were killed about 60 000-90 000 people. A large number of Serbs, Jews, Romani and Croats (Ustasha regime opponents) were killed there in the time of the Independent State of Croatia NDH by the 10th April 1941. under direct influence of Nazi Germany. Today there is The Memorial Museum Jasenovac.
Stara Gradiška was the most notorious concentration and extermination camp in Croatia during World War II, mainly due to the crimes which were committed against women and children. The camp was specially constructed for women and children of Serb, Jew, and Romani ethnicity. It was established by the regime of the Independent State of Croatia ("NDH") in 1941 near the village of Stara Gradiška as the fifth subcamp of the Jasenovac concentration camp.
Jazovka is a pit in the Žumberak area of Croatia where the bodies of approximately 500 Croatian soldiers and civilians were dumped during and after the Second World War. The first victims were Croat soldiers captured by Partisan forces in 1942 in the vicinity of Krašić. Although locally known, the pit was rediscovered in 1990, after the fall of communism in Croatia. Jazovka is the symbol of communism system intolerance.
Goli otok is an Adriatic island, in 1949 officially made into a high-security, top secret prison and labor camp .It was used to incarcerate political prisoners. Many anticommunist (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Albanian and other nationalists etc.) were on Goli Otok. Non-political prisoners were also sent to the island to serve out simple criminal sentences and some of them were sentenced to death. Numbers of total prisoners and massacred victims are unknown but some theories says about 32,000 male prisoners. Today the island is free for tourists and visitors.
The last case was in the very near past, in the time of the Croatian War of Independence which was fought from 1991 to 1995. Thousands and thousands were killed and missing. The Vukovar massacre, also known as Vukovar hospital massacre or simply Ovčara, was a war crime that took place between November 20 and November 21, 1991
When the battle ended, the scale of the destruction came as a shock to many who not been out of their shelters in weeks. Siniša Glavašević, a reporter for Croatian Radio and a native of Vukovar, who had stayed in the town throughout the battle, described the scene as the survivors emerged: The picture of Vukovar at the 22nd hour of the 87th day will stay forever in the memory of those who witnessed it. Unearthly scenes are endless, the smell of burning, under the feet the remnants of old roof tiles, building materials, glass, ruins, and a dreadful silence. ... We hope that the torments of Vukovar are over of Vukovar.
The murders occurred at the end of the Battle of Vukovar. Ovčara is located 5 kilometers southeast of the city of Vukovar. The Serbian forces turned Ovčara into a prison camp in early October 1991. Aside from the massacre, 3,000 to 4,000 men prisoners were temporarily held in the camp before being transported to the prison in Sremska Mitrovica or to the local army barracks, which was the transit point for the Serbian concentration camps Stajićevo, Begejci and others.
The men brought to Ovčara included wounded patients, hospital staff and some of their family members, former defenders of Vukovar, Croatian political activists, journalists and other civilians. Ovčara was closed on December 25, 1991. Its total count was around 200 men killed and 64 missing prisoners on Ovčara only. In Vukovar and Ovčara you can visit: Vukovar hospital, Ovčara Memorial Centre, Vukovar cemetery
We will be the force of positive changes in the future, destroy the foundations of injustice and creates a new Croatia. This will be the country we deserve, it will be beautiful, desirable home to all honest people.