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English13/05/2020

DIVJAK: FILMING VIDEO IN GARAVICE - MORBID IDEA

 

BELGRADE, MAY 13 /SRNA/ - Filming of a video in Garavice near Bihać, where about 12,000 Serbs and Jews were killed in the Second World War, is not only a morbid idea, but also a part of a plan to systematically and permanently erase every trace of Serbs’ legacy in that area, said Head of the Association of Serbs from Bosanska Krajima Municipalities in the FBiH with the head office in Belgrade, Dragan Divjak.

 

Divjak emphasized that the communists kept silent for decades about Garavice, which after Jasenovac and Jadovno, is the third largest execution site of Serbs in the Independent State of Croatia, which now has become a city’s waste landfill and a place where Serbs are not welcome.

He said that the Association’s request for visiting the execution site, where people who respect the victims intended to lay a wreath on the memorial ossuary, was denied several times last year with the explanation that they would not be safe there because of the migrants.

"But, in the end, we managed to pay tribute to the Serb children and civilians. The year before the last, we found trash scattered all around the monument, a real mockery," Divjak pointed out.

Divjak pointed out that, after forcing more than 150,000 people out from Bosanska Krajina, the destruction of their legacy continued.

"What kind of music are they planning now? To disturb our victims with modern music?! We absolutely condemn it. There can be no music at the place where genocide was committed," Divjak pointed out.

Divjak pointed out that Serbs, wherever they are, must keep speaking about their victims and reminding of how deep their legacy is in Bosanska Krajina.

According to him, crimes in Garavice with 12,000 killed Serbs, in Šušnjar, near Sanski Most, where 6,500 Serbs were killed, Bosanska Krupa, where 10,000 Serbs were killed, 2,000 of whom were children, were not discussed. It is the time to speak about it now.

He announced that, in memory of the victims of the crimes against Serbs, a memorial service will be held for ten Vidović brothers, who were killed and hanged outside the municipal building in Sanski Most on Saint George's Day in 1941, on Friday, May 15, in the Church in Voždovac in Belgrade.

"Serbs are hardly aware of this crime, which repeated again in 1995. Six men of the same family were killed in the same place. We must never forget that our villages are inhabited by migrants now, we have to keep reminding of whose graves and whose homes stand there," Divjak said.

Divjak warned that the remaining Serbs in FBiH were completely disempowered and "forgotten".

"For three years now, we have been trying to bring children from Mali and Veliki Radić near Bosanska Krupa - 35 of them, to Belgrade, like children from Croatia and Kosovo. We keep failing. They would like to come to Belgrade. Visiting the Church of Saint Sava would leave the strongest impression on them. They are Serbs’ future in the area that used to be 82 percent Serb-populated," Divjak said.

The Bihać Tourism Organisation filmed a promo using a techno music in Garavice, where 12,000 Serbs were killed in the Second World War.

Garavice is a place of a mass execution and a mass grave, a memorial area in the vicinity of the City of Bihać.

At the beginning of WWII, in 1941, Ustashe committed a mass massacre of Serb civilian population in Garavice where around 12,000 people, including a great number of children, were killed. They were exclusively Serbs and a small number of Jews, residents of Bihać and surrounding villages. /end/vos