Public Outcry as Bosnian Cardinal Serves Mass for Victims Among Nazi Collaborators

Public Outcry as Bosnian Cardinal Serves Mass for Victims Among Nazi Collaborators
Within the run-up to the mass, the cardinal earlier stated that such a non secular gathering was not meant to rejoice anybody, however to commemorate “harmless victims”.
Anti-fascist protesters staged a march in Sarajevo because the Catholic cardinal served a mass for "Bleiburg victims” - a bunch made up of pro-Nazi militants in addition to civilians, executed by Yugoslav partisans on the finish of World Warfare II.

The protesters blasted the mass, which was attended by not more than 20 folks as a result of coronavirus lockdown, deeming it a hid try to rehabilitate Nazi collaborators, extra particularly Croatia's Ustasha militia that intently linked to the wartime fascist regime in Zagreb.
With its assist, the Ustasha subjugated giant swathes of Croatia and Bosnia, the place they predominantly focused Serbs and Jews throughout World Warfare Two.

Because the conflict drew to an finish, the Ustasha militia carried out a brutal terror marketing campaign in Sarajevo, with town seeing an atrocious public hanging of 55 of town's residents. Over 10,000 residents of Sarajevo are believed to have misplaced their lives through the occupation.
The anti-fascist protesters Saturday posted photos of the hanged residents and displayed a banner studying "I'm anti-fascist too" throughout Sarajevo's most important avenue

"My two grandfathers, their brothers and my grandmother have been all killed by these fascists who've been honoured immediately”, 63-year-old retired electro-technician Cedomir Jasksic shared with Reuters including that it's “not regular” for a metropolis like Sarajevo to “permit one thing like this to occur”.

Catholic Zvonimir Nikolic portrayed the mass as a "catastrophe for Sarajevo”, whereas Bosniak Sead Sahovic, who was born within the Ustasha focus camp Stara Gradiska, ripped the commemoration as a "horrifying farce”, per Reuters.

The choice to carry the mass likewise met a barrage of criticism in Bosnia & Herzegovina, whereas additionally being condemned by the Israeli sand the US embassies.

Nonetheless, the Croatian parliament endorsed the occasion, and the nation's ambassador to Sarajevo attended the Saturday mass, media reported. Cardinal Puljic earlier shrugged off the accusations of lauding Nazi collaborators. In his feedback to Croatian Catholic Radio, Puljic stated that "the Church has all the time revered harmless victims" stressing that such a non secular occasion because the mass was not supposed to rejoice anybody, given the very fact there have been additionally civilians within the Ustasha. “A criminal offense can't be defended by (one other) crime”, the cardinal stated.