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December 21, 2007

Last Updated: January 5, 2008.

Note of Caution: The Washington’s United States Holocaust Museum should distance itself from this organization, and people should exercise caution when dealing with this propagandist Srebrenica genocide denial group that celebrates war criminals.

The New York based “Jasenovac Research Institute” is a Serbian nationalist-run organization which describes itself as “committed to establishing the truth about the Holocaust in Yugoslavia and dedicated to the search for justice for its victims.” However, Bosniak Muslim victims (including women and children) of Jasenovac are conveniently ignored by their research, but that’s another story. The website features photos of innocent children who died in the Ustasha’s run concentration camp – but there is no mention that those innocent victims belonged to all ethnicities, not just Serb. After all, 6 million Jews perished in the Holocaust. The people behind the Jasenovac Research Institute deny the Srebrenica genocide and celebrate Slobodan Milosevic.

The Jasenovac Research Institute recently re-published a book titled: “The Crimes of the Fascist Occupants and their Collaborators against the Jews in Yugoslavia.” In the Foreword of this book, this Serbian nationalist-run organization is calling the findings of the International Criminal Tribunal (ICTY) in the Hague “fraudulent.” As you know, the ICTY findings concluded that the 1995 Serb massacres of Bosniak Muslims in and around Srebrenica constituted genocide. The Jasenovac Research Institute calls those findings fraudulent, thus far denying genocide. Here is a quote from the foreword of the re-published book (reviewed by Christopher Deliso) , quote:

“It should be noted that the old ideals of rigor in documentation have long since been lost. A look at any of the modern Yugoslavia’s war crimes trials shows a frantic zeal to uncover ever more evidence and, though numerous snafus have emerged in the Hague due to its presentation of erroneous or even willfully fraudulent information, few whether in the media or the ‘international community’ take much notice of the inconsistencies.”

These types of Srebrenica Genocide denial claims have seriously shattered the credibility of the “Jasenovac Research Institute. But that’s not all; continue reading…

Institute ran by Srebrenica Genocide Deniers

The main contributor to the Institute, and one of its main board members, is Dr. Milan Bulajic. Not surprisingly, Mr Bulajic also denies Srebrenica genocide (source: external link to the Serbian extremist web site), quote:

“Dr. Milan Bulajic said for Glas Javnosti that High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Paddy Ashdown and the President of the Institute for War Crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina Dr. Smail Cekic want (at any price) to manipulate science to prove that the Serbian Army committed genocide in Srebrenica.”

Mr. Bulajic was the Director of the “War Crimes Commission” of the FRY, an organization formed by Slobodan Milosevic in early 1990s in Serbia to “prove” the crimes the world has comitted against the Serbs. Mr Bulajic published most of his books and works during the war era, with characteristic Serb opinion at the time. The publisher for most of his book is listed as: “The Ministry of Information of the Republic of Serbia”.

Dr. Darko Trifunovic, another Srebrenica genocide denier, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jasenovac Research Institute (more about him here), quote:

“On the page 34. of that report, Trifunovic concludes his ‘analysis’ of the number of Bosniak men and boys who disappeared during the events surrounding the Bosnian Serb take-over of the United Nations ‘safe area’ of Srebrenica with the ‘finding’ that Armed Forces of the Republic of Srpska (VRS) might have executed only less than 100 of ‘Muslim soldiers'”.

Another director of the Jasenovac Research Institute is Srebrenica genocide denier Milo Yelesiyevich. He is the author of the book about: “Ratko Mladic: Tragic Hero” in which he denied Srebrenica genocide and celebrated indicted war criminals Gen Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic.

And here is what Barry Lituchy – self-titled “Holocaust Research Director” of the Jasenovac Research Institute – thinks of Slobodan Milosevic, quote:

“When I heard the news that Slobodan Milosevic had died I did not want to believe it. I did not want to believe that evil had triumphed over good, or that the evil that had been done to this brave and beautiful man could have finally killed him… But you can take solace in the fact that Slobo died a martyr’s death… He is the most famous and most courageous Serb of our time… As I said before, he lived and died for us and for a better world. I know you are proud of him. I feel the same way.” [11 March 2006, “To The Family of Slobodan Milosevic“]

It is obvious that the people behind this organization have as much credibility as Adolph Hitler. The sad part is they are a driving force behind the Jasenovac Research Institute.

Nazi Croatia’s Ethnic Make-up

The territory of the Independent State of Croatia included two constituent units of former Yugoslavia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, with a total population of about 6.3 million. More than half of the population, or 3.3 million, were ethnic Croats (Catholics). The 1.9 million Serbs (Orthodox) were the largest ethnic minority. Other minorities included approximately 700,000 Bosniaks (Muslims), 40,000 Jews, and 30,000 Roma (Gypsies).

PHOTO: The Bosniak Muslim family being taken away to the Jasenovac concentration camp by the Ustasha’s collaborationist regime during the 2nd World War. [Bosnjaci.net Magazine]

Numbers of Jasenovac Victims
(Serbs, Bosniaks, Jews, Roma, Croats, and others)

Bosniaks and Croats were also victims of Jasenovac. According to the U.S. Holocaust Museum:

“The Ustaša authorities established numerous concentration camps in Croatia between 1941 and 1945. These camps were used to isolate and murder Serbs, Jews, Roma, Muslims [Bosniaks], and other non-Catholic minorities, as well as Croatian political and religious opponents of the regime.”

Jasenovac Research Institute claims that 300,000 to 700,000 Serbs died in Jasenovac – the numbers challenged even by the United States Holocaust Museum, quote:

“The most reliable figures place the number of Serbs killed by the Ustasha between 330,000 and 390,000, with 45,000 to 52,000 Serbs murdered in Jasenovac.” [USHMM and Jewish Virtual Library]

In 1998, the Bosniak Institute published SFR Yugoslavia’s List of war victims from the Jasenovac camp. The list contained 49,602 total victims at Jasenovac with 26,170 Serbs, 8,121 Jews, 5,900 Croats, 1471 Roma, 787 Bosniak Muslims, 6,792 of unidentifiable ethnicity and the rest others.

According to another historian, Dr Vladimir Zerjavic, over 12,000 Bosniaks and Croats perished in Jasenovac. One might also read Dr Nihad Halilbegovic‘s study about the Bosniak victims of Jasenovac concentration camp (currently, only the Bosnian language version is available – Bosnjaci u Jasenovackom Logoru, 502 pages, ISBN: 9789958471025 can be purchased at Interliber, popular Bosnian book sale web site).

According to the Jewish Virtual Library, the precise number of Jews murdered in Jasenovac is not known, but estimates range between 8,000 and 20,000 Jewish victims; and the estimate of the number of Romani (Gipsy) victims is beteween 8,000 and 15,000 who perished in Jasenovac.

May souls of all victims rest in peace…

  1. Owen
    December 22, 2007 at 10:18 am

    Dan, the US Holocaust Museum’s website page on Jasenovac – http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005449 – states that:

    “Between its establishment in 1941 and its evacuation in April 1945, Croat authorities murdered thousands of people at Jasenovac. Among the victims were: between 45,000 and 52,000 Serb residents of the so-called Independent State of Croatia; between 8,000 and 20,000 Jews; between 8,000 and 15,000 Roma (Gypsies); and between 5,000 and 12,000 ethnic Croats and Muslims, who were political and religious opponents of the regime.

    The Croat authorities murdered between 330,000 and 390,000 ethnic Serb residents of Croatia and Bosnia during the period of Ustaša rule; more than 30,000 Croatian Jews were killed either in Croatia or at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

    Determining the number of victims for Yugoslavia, for Croatia, and for Jasenovac is highly problematic, due to the destruction of many relevant documents, the long-term inaccessibility to independent scholars of those documents that survived, and the ideological agendas of postwar partisan scholarship and journalism, which has been and remains influenced by ethnic tension, religious prejudice, and ideological conflict. The estimates offered here are based on the work of several historians who have used census records as well as whatever documentation was available in German, Croat, and other archives in the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere.”

    It’s important to acknowledge the overall scale of the atrocities perpetrated by the Ustase and not focus too narrowly on the way the propagandists exploit the historical confusion over Jasenovac.

  2. Kirk Johnson
    December 25, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Does the Holocaust Museum maintain some ties to this group? I was already aware of its existance, but not of any connections with any legitimate organization.

  3. Stephen
    January 5, 2008 at 7:38 am

    One of directors of Jasenovac Research Institute is Milo Yelesiyevich, Srebrenica genocide denier and the author of the book: “Ratko Mladic: Tragic Hero” in which he denied Srebrenica genocide and celebrated indicted war criminals Gen Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic.


  4. Anonymous
    July 3, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Jasenovac research institute is likned to Julia Gorin.Julia Gorin is one of the worst Serb Apologists.

  5. Anonymous
    August 1, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    My husband,Alejandro Lebl (Sasa)b.May 14th 1936 son of Dr.Kornel Lebl in Sid,Yugoslavia and his brother Mirko Lebl b.May 14th 1934 did not die in Jasenovac as stated among victims.My husband died of cancer in Sao Paulo,Brazil almost 10 years ago and his brother is still alive.They escaped with their mother Olga through Italy to Switzerland.Sicerely,Patricia Lebl

  6. Owen
    August 1, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Mrs Lebl, did you see this news a week ago about Dinko Sakic, the commandant of Jasenovac?


    Sakic, like Karadzic, enjoyed a long period of freedom when he should have been behind bars, but eventually his past caught up with him.

  7. Daniel
    October 25, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Dear Kirk,

    My apologies for not responding earlier. I have a huge respect for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and I am not suggesting they did anything wrong on purpose. However, I strongly believe they should distance themselves from referencing Srebrenica genocide deniers on their site.

    For example, you heard about Carl Savich from Serbianna? You also heard about Barry Lituchy, right? Carl Savich is an outspoken Srebrenica genocide denier, and Barry Lituchy (whose grandparents were of Serbian origin) is running JRI – an organization comprised of Srebrenica genocide deniers (read above post). Barry Lituchy is better known as a member of pro-Milosevic camp, he even testified for Milosevic’s defence. These people have no credibility. They never acknoledged thousands of Bosniaks (Muslims) who died in Jasenovac.

    Now, some of their material ended up on USHMM’s web site, take a look here: http://tinyurl.com/ushmm

    This just does not sound right…

  8. Owen
    November 1, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Dan, did you advise the USHMM about the questionable nature of their sources? They quote a legitimate source for the photograph at Holocaust Learning Center so maybe they should be asked to reconsider the Savich and Lituchy references. Rather incongruous for them to be citing Srebrenica genocide deniers while recording and preserving the testimony of Hasan Nuhanovic.

  9. Daniel
    November 4, 2008 at 7:16 am

    Hi Owen,

    Yes, I sent them an E-mail. Here is a copy:

    Dear USHMM,

    I am against the Holocaust denial, and against genocide denial in general. You wouldn’t use genocide deniers on your web site as valid reference sources, would you? Of course you wouldn’t. Unfortunately, you have.

    On this page, for example, you have used “Carl Savich” and “Barry Lituchy” as credible source references http://tinyurl.com/ushmm . I am sure you can find better references, can you?

    Please be advised that Carl Savich and Barry Lituchy are outspoken Srebrenica genocide deniers. Barry Lituchy (whose grandparents were of Serbian origin) is running JRI (“Jasenovac Research Institute”) – an organization comprised of Srebrenica genocide deniers. Barry Lituchy and Carl Savich are better known as members of pro-Milosevic camp. Lituchy even testified for Milosevic’s defence. These people have no credibility. They never acknowledged thousands of Bosniaks (Muslims) who died in Jasenovac.

    They present Serbs as exclusive victims of Nazi crime in the former Yugoslavia; they deliberately ignore suffering of Bosniaks (Muslims) under Serbian Nazi Chetniks and Croatian Ustashas.

    I hope you refrain from presenting genocide deniers are credible sources for references on the subject of Holocaust research. This goes against everything that USHMM stands for.

  10. Anonymous
    February 7, 2009 at 3:42 am

    The Jasenovac Research Institute lists my grandfather and two of my aunts as victims of Jasenovac. My grandfather was killed by Chetniks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chetniks) and my two aunts died of infectious diseases – most probably pneumonia and/or meningitis. It appears to me that the Jasenovac Research Institute has simply taken names from old Bosnian registers of death and put them on the victim list in the hope no one would notice. Very pathetic!

  11. Anonymous
    February 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I can tell you the same, my Grandfather and four uncle are there listing,
    but there all death at another places in der second world war,
    I am curious from where they taken there names…

  12. Lucija
    July 6, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    They don't only do it with Bosnia, it seems the "Jasenovac Research Institute" is listing just about everybody who died in World War 2 in Croatia, and also people who are still alive.

    I'm from Rijeka, Croatia, and they list my grandfather (who was killed by Chetniks), and his cousin, who died four years ago in his sleep! I feel violated that Srebrenica-deniers are using my family members to advance their agenda.
    Apparently, there are numerous names of people from my region (Primorje) on the list who were actually killed by Chetniks, or more often, the Italian Fascists. The people from my region who are on the list were Partisans and civilians, and had nothing to do with Jasenovac. It's incredibly disrespectful to the memory of these people to distort the truth about their tragedy. Not to mention those who actually survived World War 2.

    I just wish something could be done about all of this… Did the USHMM ever reply to your e-mail?

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