Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Follow The Leader

I don't especially like to quote from Wikipedia, in fact, I try to refrain from it as much as possible... but because of lack of time to do more research and put this into my own words, or find authoritative info to quote instead, I'll go with what's on the Wikipedia page I was just looking at...

On the night of August 29, 1942, bets were made among the prison guards as to who could liquidate the largest number of inmates. One of the guards, a priest named Petar Brzica reportedly cut the throats of 1,360 prisoners with a butcher knife. Having been proclaimed the prize-winner of the competition, he was dubbed "King of the Cut-throats". A gold watch, a silver service, a roasted suckling pig, and wine were among his rewards.

There was also a unique child and infant sub-camp where babies were burned. Children were taken to woods and then killed one by one manually with a "malj"—mallet in head.

The fascist group Ustaše was in power during WWII. They decided to walk in line with the ideology of Nazi Germany while cooperating fully with and receiving protection from Hitler. The Jasenovac concentration-extermination camp was set up on the Sava river, not too far from Zagreb, today's capital of Croatia.

The victim count is estimated to be between 700,000 and 800,000 people. Most of those slaughtered at Jasenovac were Serbs along with Jews, Romani, and Gypsies, as well.

slaughtered children at Jasenovac in Croatia


Sam said...

Stories from the death camps are always so terrifyingly shocking. I almost hate to read them but I think they are very important things we need to remember. Thanks for sharing this.

Mark said...

The Righteous Among The Nations are those who practice the 614th Commandment, especially if they are gentiles.

Thanks, Zooma.

Zooomabooma said...

Thank you, Mark, for that link. I'd never read that -- some very heavy stuff. I'm exploring the possibility of a trip next year to Auschwitz and Treblinca and other places in that region of Europe. To immerse myself in those horrors that happened there as best as I can. Even though I'm not Jewish, one of my crazy ideas is everyone should experience some of the actual sites... and that's how I found out about Jasenovac in Croatia.

Remembering and reading about the horrors of the past is indeed very important. I think it slaps us in the face and wakes us up to the fact that human beings shouldn't be treated in such ways. And while the stuff that went on then was beyond comprehension, today even the slightest hint of those horrors is a bad thing, an evil thing... and evil should NOT be appeased. You don't negotiate with evil, you put a stop to it. What this world needs is more people who will step up to plate to STOP evil or support that cause. Sittin' down over tea and crumpets ain't gonna stop people from slaughtering others.

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

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