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(E) Geneva Convention & Croatia
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  02/15/2003 | Letters to the Editors | Unrated
(E) Geneva Convention & Croatia
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Geneva Convention And Bleiburg

I have browsed through this section of CROWN, and decided to post a letter of my own along with few thoughts on the subject. It would be perhaps wrong to say that I find some solace in the factthat there are more people who are engaged in as futile and frustrating activities as myself; but it is, to a certain extend, indeed so.

Here's the link to the article in question, and my letter to the editor: 

If you wish to respond to this article this is the email: 

Dear Sirs,

I would like to express my opinion, that your article lists mainly complaints about captions of images. Such things, albeit not un-important, are not comparable to the actual text of textbook (to which I haven't seen many complaints in your article), yet the conclusion is reached that'textbooks are teaching violence and intolerance'.

Remark about Churchill illustration borders on ridiculous, seeing the bulldog is traditional 'trademark' of British and can hardly be considered insulting. The other issue is, even if such allegation was right, one must bear in mind that Churchill (and British troops) were involved in one of the biggest massacres of Croatian people (according to some historians ~250,000 mostlycivilian victims, directly resulting from British breach of their agreement with USA, and Geneva Convention, not to return Croatian POWs and refugees to Communist Partisans because of likelihood of massacre), bombing of military insignificant targets (e.g city of Zadar was carpet- bombed more than 70 times within three months afterItalian capitulation).

Third point I would like to raise is how are Croatian textbooks supposed to preserve memory of Holocaust, when even Israel established diplomatic relations with Yugoslavia in 1993; when the world was being horrified by images from Yugoslav 'sponsored'concentration camps in Bosnia, when their army was openly participating in genocide, ethnic cleansing and culturocide? Was this'honoring the memory of Holocaust'? Or the fact that Yugoslav army is reported to have used Israeli weapons obtained under embargo and sanctions? Or the fact that Bl. Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, who is proven to have saved more than 60 Croatian Jews (and even openly kept them on Church property, making sure they would come to no harm in exile), reprints of whose sermons, because of open condemnation of Nazi racial theories, were banned, is still denied the recognition (even as Righteous Gentile) for his deeds?

Sincerely yours,

Tomislav Petricevic 

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