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Witness to Jasenovacs Hell English/Serbian Edition [Hardcover]

Ilija Ivanovic
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January 2002 0912011637 978-0912011639 Bilingual
The true story of a boy's experiences in the Jasenovac concentration camp in World War II's Nazi puppet state of Croatia. Hidden history, unknown to Western audiences, the Jasenovac concentration camp, the so-called "Balkan Auschwitz," was a place of torture and death for hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies. The story that was suppressed by the politics of the former Yugoslavia in the interest of "Brotherhood and Unity" can now be told.
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Ilija Ivanovic, a retired schoolteacher, was thirteen years old in 1942 when he was taken from his home in the former Yugoslavia by German troops and delivered to the sadistic Ustasha. He survived three years in the Jasenovac death camp where he witnessed unspeakable torture and mass murder. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Was about time we found out about these attrocities March 21 2003
In Romania we have been thought in school about Dachau, Auswitz, Sobibor etc but I don't think I ever heard about Jasenovac.My parents and grandparents told me about the Croatian atrocities against the Serbians in WWII but I had yet to find something on this theme in the west.It seems that the media demonization of the Serbs would've been somehow less complete if the story of Jasenovac was told.Great book,allows one to comprehend the fear the Serbs felt when they were forced to live again in an independent Croatia.A Croatia led by a holocaust denier who promised to rid the country of the Serbian "cancer".The Serbian ethic minority was cleansed indeed...with western support of course.
If everyone in the West would've read the book perhaps the media's lies about the Yugoslav conflict would've been much easier to detect.
At the Holocaust Museum in Washington there was no mention of Jasenovac and although there are numerous pictures depicting the carnage that befell the Serbs they are surprisingly missing from the museum.Wouldn't go well with the media and the government's script.
It is surprising to find a book that describe a first hand account of that savagery committed by the Ustasha(Croatians) against the Serbs.I wonder if there will be a book about their atrocities committed nowadays against the Serbs?Maybe we'll have to wait another 50-60 years to read about them.Btw Croatia was declared the most ethnically clean country in the world.Reading this book one can understand why.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Blame the editor Jan. 26 2003
This is the first time I'm feeling compelled to write a review for Amazon's readers and here's why: this book is based on a short first hand account written by a Bosnian Serb inmate in Jasenovac and it's quite interesting. I mean: the guy's no Primo Levi but the account looks honest and heartfelt enough to haunt a feeble-gutted reader. It doesn't add much to what was already known about Jasenovac; indeed I expected a much more gruesome tale, but the author asserts he reported only what he saw directly and that's fine with me. What's not fine with me at all is the editor's job, that trasformed a honest book in sheer propaganda of the worst kind. I don't know if she was duped into this, but she should really shoulder the blame of having manipulated for shameless purposes (i.e. finding a pretext and a justification for the massacres perpetrated by Serbs in the 92-95 war) a honest effort by somebody who saw hell with his own eyes. The notes intermingled with the text are at best misleading when they're not completely spurious (e.g. the horrific account of the king of cut-throats, quoted by some other reviewer below is taken from Avro Manhattan and NOT from the author of the book. Manhattan is a source no serious researcher would quote with a ten foot pole). If anybody still has any doubt on what the purposes of the editor (Wanda Schindley, for the record) are, just check out the home page of the International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic and you will find the book in object quoted under the caption "Why did Serbian people *not* want to be ruled by Croatia in 1991?". I can sympathise with some of the editor's points, particularly about the role of the Vatican in the 92-95 war and the process of beatification of Stepinac, but from that to manipulation there's a long winding road. Finally I'd like to say a word curiously absent from the editor's epilogue: Srebrenica.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was about time we found out about these attrocities March 21 2003
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In Romania we have been thought in school about Dachau, Auswitz, Sobibor etc but I don't think I ever heard about Jasenovac.My parents and grandparents told me about the Croatian atrocities against the Serbians in WWII but I had yet to find something on this theme in the west.It seems that the media demonization of the Serbs would've been somehow less complete if the story of Jasenovac was told.Great book,allows one to comprehend the fear the Serbs felt when they were forced to live again in an independent Croatia.A Croatia led by a holocaust denier who promised to rid the country of the Serbian "cancer".The Serbian ethic minority was cleansed indeed...with western support of course.
If everyone in the West would've read the book perhaps the media's lies about the Yugoslav conflict would've been much easier to detect.
At the Holocaust Museum in Washington there was no mention of Jasenovac and although there are numerous pictures depicting the carnage that befell the Serbs they are surprisingly missing from the museum.Wouldn't go well with the media and the government's script.
It is surprising to find a book that describe a first hand account of that savagery committed by the Ustasha(Croatians) against the Serbs.I wonder if there will be a book about their atrocities committed nowadays against the Serbs?Maybe we'll have to wait another 50-60 years to read about them.Btw Croatia was declared the most ethnically clean country in the world.Reading this book one can understand why.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We can take the slaughter. We are used to that. But we must regain our sense of honor" July 25 2010
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I want to thank the author for sharing his sad and unfortunate years in Jasenovac. I am very happy that the truth is slowly coming out and that we will be able to better educate our children of these horrific tortures and mass murders.
If you're looking for an honest book that you will not be able to set down please read this one, it will be worth your while.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Blame the editor Jan. 26 2003
By Stefano Jugo - Published on Amazon.com
This is the first time I'm feeling compelled to write a review for Amazon's readers and here's why: this book is based on a short first hand account written by a Bosnian Serb inmate in Jasenovac and it's quite interesting. I mean: the guy's no Primo Levi but the account looks honest and heartfelt enough to haunt a feeble-gutted reader. It doesn't add much to what was already known about Jasenovac; indeed I expected a much more gruesome tale, but the author asserts he reported only what he saw directly and that's fine with me. What's not fine with me at all is the editor's job, that trasformed a honest book in sheer propaganda of the worst kind. I don't know if she was duped into this, but she should really shoulder the blame of having manipulated for shameless purposes (i.e. finding a pretext and a justification for the massacres perpetrated by Serbs in the 92-95 war) a honest effort by somebody who saw hell with his own eyes. The notes intermingled with the text are at best misleading when they're not completely spurious (e.g. the horrific account of the king of cut-throats, quoted by some other reviewer below is taken from Avro Manhattan and NOT from the author of the book. Manhattan is a source no serious researcher would quote with a ten foot pole). If anybody still has any doubt on what the purposes of the editor (Wanda Schindley, for the record) are, just check out the home page of the International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic and you will find the book in object quoted under the caption "Why did Serbian people *not* want to be ruled by Croatia in 1991?". I can sympathise with some of the editor's points, particularly about the role of the Vatican in the 92-95 war and the process of beatification of Stepinac, but from that to manipulation there's a long winding road. Finally I'd like to say a word curiously absent from the editor's epilogue: Srebrenica.
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