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The Museum of Genocide Victims accepted the invitation to attend the 6th Global Anti     Semitic Conference (March 19-21). The visit to Yad Vashem - the world’s most well-known holocaust remembrance centre had already been planned. The program of the visit to this institution was elaborated with Bishop Jovan of Slavonia, President of the Managing Board of the Museum of Genocide Victims (who is also President of the Commission for Jasenovac of the Holy Archbishopric of the Serbian Orthodox Church and President of the Commission for Staro Sajmište).

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The visit to Yad Vashem was highly valuable for several reasons. Bishop Jovan and I had an opportunity to visit the most important organisational units (Library, Archive, Institute) and to discuss the possibility of future, mutually beneficial cooperation. The pinnacle of the visit, it has to be said, was the meeting with the Director of Department of International Relations. High-ranking members of the Serbian Embassy in Israel were also present at the meeting.

I made use of the free time I had at my disposal to visit the most famous sights of the Old City, such as Golgotha, Getsiman Garden, Garden Tomb, and other places. I would particularly like to highlight the encounters with a few inhabitants of Jerusalem, who in the past years contributed to the Museum of Genocide Victim’s Journal.

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A multicentennial cooperation between two organizations of vastly different sizes dealing with similar tasks has been continued through the visit of two distinguished guests from Jerusalem, Ms. Sara Pećanac and Ms. Maša Jonin. The visit had already been agreed in the beginning of December 2017, when museologists, archivists and librarians from Serbia visited Yad Vashem and participated in a special seminar.

The representatives of the Belgrade Museum of Genocide Victims and our Guests discussed an institutional co-operation at an even higher level than has been the case so far. The guests invited the hosts to pay them a return visit. The offer was gladly accepted.

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Almost two decades of cooperation between the Museum of Genocide Victims and Yad Vashem Memorial Museum had another chapter added to it. Richelle Budd Caplan, Director of the European Department of the International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem, invited us to an expert seminar in Jerusalem.

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There were around twenty guests from Serbia, including museologists, archivists and historians from various instutions, such as the Military Archive, the National Library of Serbia, the University Library "Svetozar Markovic", the Historical Archives of Belgrade, the Archives of Vojvodina and the Historical Archives of the city of Novi Sad. Jasmina Dimitrijević, Jasmina Tutunović-Trifunov, Gordana Šeatović, Dragan Cvetković and Nenad Antonijević went on behalf of the Museum of Genocide Victims.

Historical Archive of the City of Novi Sad, 22 February 2018

A one-day seminar titled "Libraries, Archives and the Culture of Memory in Contemporary Education about the Holocaust" was organized by the Historical Archives of the City of Novi Sad and Teraforming Network.

A Yad Vashem exhibition called “How Was That Humanly Possible” was opened on the same day. Furthermore, an expert workshop "Document Research –Shaping the Memories" was held in English. The speakers at the event were: Dr. PetarDjurdjev, Director of the Historical Archives of the City of Novi Sad;JelenaDjordjević-Perc of theŽarkoZrenjanin City Library;MiškoStanišić of the Teraforming Network;Akim Jah of the ITS (International Tracing Service, Germany); and Sara Pećanac and MašaJonin of the YadVashem Archives (Jerusalem).

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Museologists, archivists and historians who had the opportunity to participate in an expert seminar held in YadVashem in December talked about their experiences from the seminar.

Jasmina Dimitrijević, Jasmina Tutunović-Trifunov, Gordana Šeatović and Dr. Nenad Antonijević represented the Museum of Genocide Victims.

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by Prof. Dr.Veljko Djurić Mišina

veljko misina djuricThe nature of my position of the Director of the Museum of Genocide Victims entails that I need to be fully aware of all the news concerning the core activities of this institution. This practically means that I need to follow television programs, newspapers and various internet portals for any news that are of interest and importance to the Museum of Genocide Victims. I have so far refrained from commenting on such news, as I thought it would signify stooping to a level well below the knowledge and proficiency I have at my disposal and would ultimately endanger the carefully nurtured reputation of the Museum.

The media system is such that it constantly seeks for the latest news, and news,even when it comes to the tragic events from the recent history of the Serbian people and the minorities living in the immediate vicinity. It’s as if the editors have this unbearable urge to constantly ask certain esteemed and esteemed people for their opinion and clarifications of the past events.

A few days ago, my attention was drawn to Tihomir Stanić’s interview entitled "If we had dealt with Jasenovac more seriously, there would have been no Srebrenica" (published inThe News, a Croatian weekly newspaper, on February 9, 2018, pp. 22-23). I do not want to comment on his whinging about how nobody understands his scenario concerning what happened in Jasenovac. I would only like to highlight this Stanić’s sentence: “If we had dealt with Jasenovac more seriously and in a timely manner, I believe Srebrenica and other war crimes of the 1990’s would never have happened.” Now, I suppose someone may object that I am taking one sentence out of the context. However, the context really is not that important to me on this occasion. What is important is that Mr. Stanić compared two events which are completely and utterly incomparable. I believe it would be futile from me to try and explain this, as Mr. Stanić and people of his ilk would never be able to understand my explanations. So, I will leave him, his interviewer and his claim alone for now.

Another news that left me in deep contemplation: About a year or two ago, published was a photo of a Serbian family’s tombstone covered with a notice from the Croatian authorities. The notice said that there were outstanding taxes to be paid for the said graves. Now, this is not too extraordinary. However, what reminded me of this news is its more horrific and grotesque version which reared its head in recent days.

Namely, the parents who lost their children – son Branko (born 1906) and daughter-in-law Danica (1907) – and grandchildren– Srdjan, Nemanja, Divna i Ljiljana – erected a small monument in a Serbian village graveyard. The monument was inscripted with cyrillic letters. For understandable reasons, the media that published the photo of the monument did not include the family name or the location. Maybe that is not so important right now. What is important is the text that was written on a piece of paper that was attached to the tombstone. I would rather not copy it here, but I would strongly recomment you to take a look by searching it on the Internet under “Croats are removing thetraces and witnesses of the Ustashi genocide”.

Lastly, let me explain the connection between Tihomir Stanić’s interview and the notice left by the Croatian authorities: the graveyard in Srebrenica was on a Serbian property, located in a Serbian municipality in Republika Srpska, and it has never been desecrated!


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