| Remember Vukovar! |
|The biggest mass grave in Europe after World War II is located on the eastern approach to Vukovar. They say that the actual site speaks louder than words. Seeing the site on TV is one thing, but being physically present is quite another. The words remain hanging in the air and you wish never to forget the image spreading ahead of you, the image of 938 white crosses, each symbolising a victim exhumed here. Buried here are several generations of people, including youths from Vukovar and other parts of Croatia. Details concerning the technical qualities and size of the monument seem pointless here, and all we can do is pay our respects and thank them. Some people say this is one of the most beautiful graveyards. These victims definitely deserve such a beautiful resting-place. It would have been better, though, if such a place had never had to be built. Source www.turizamvukovar.hr|
| Until the destruction of 1991, when the church was demolished and the Franciscans expelled from their lands, the Franciscan monastery and the Church of St. Philip and Jacob represented the oldest preserved Baroque monument and oldest building in the town of Vukovar. After the war, the complex was reconstructed and is now registered as a cultural monument of the highest category. Its reconstruction was financed by Zagreb county. Source www.turizamvukovar.hr|
Thousands of Croats Mark Fall of Vukovar in 1991
VUKOVAR, Croatia November 18, 2011
Croatian doctors have filed war crimes accusations against 19 former Yugoslav army commanders for the relentless shelling of a hospital in Vukovar during an 87-day siege of the eastern Croatian town in 1991.
The head of the hospital, Vesna Bosanac, said Friday that 500-700 grenades hit the facility during the bombardment by the Serb-led Yugoslav army.
She says the complaint for the breach of the Geneva Conventions forbidding wartime attacks against civilian targets was filed with a local Croatian court. It will now be investigated by prosecutors.
Thousands of people are expected to take part in a memorial march in Vukovar on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of the siege that became the symbol of Croatia's fight for independence.
|Povrh križa slobode ispisano ime voljeno i slavno - Vukovar. Tamo gdje zakazuju institucije, uporni pojedinci učine ćuda. Ponovno su branitelji iz Trnja iznenadili svojom upornošću i dostojanstvenom organizacijom. U magli su postrojeni hrvatski vojnici, hrvatska policija, vojna glazba i još jedan značajan i gotovo nevjerojatan detalj: nakon cijelog niza godina opet u povijesnim odorama vidimo hrvatske vojnike 1. gardijske počasne bojne, građanima na ponos, kao u neka prošla stara i dobra vremena. Štivo i fotografije Damir Borovčak, Zagreb.|
Croatian soldiers, police and military orchestra in the Vukovar Avenue in Zagreb.
| Since the ex-Yugoslav army took the whole documentation of the Hospital after the occupation of the city, the events and data mentioned here are incomplete. |
However, according to available data, it can be assumed that during the most difficult period of the Greater Serbian aggression on Vukovar, since the end of August until 19th of November 1991, the Medicinal center of Vukovar received and treated about 2500 wounded. Out of this number 60-70% were civilians. The youngest had 6 months, and the oldest was of the age of 88.At that time about 30 wounded had been received daily in avarage; once as many as 92, and most of them needed urgent operation. During the siege about 16 children were born.
About 20 soldiers of the agressor's JNA (ex-Yugoslav People's Army) had been cured, and even the members of the infamous Serbian paramilitary troops. All of them have been equally treated and cared for, regardless to their faith or national affiliation.
In spite of the Red Cross marks on the roof and in the court yard, about 70-80 granades daily were falling on the Vukovar Hospital during the siege. Sometimes more than 700 granades per day were falling on the Hospital and its neighbourhood.