“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
On 26 April 2015 a commemoration event was held at the Jasenovac memorial to mark the 70th anniversary of the breakout of Jasenovac inmates, which occured on 22 April 1945.
From 1073 inmates interned at the location Jasenovac-Ciglana, about 600 of the strongest participated in the break-out, and only 90 survived. From 167 inmates kept at the location Jasenovac-Kožara, 13 survived.
Photo by HINA/Tomislav PAVLEK
High officials, Prime Minister Zoran Milanović, ministers Vesna Pusić, Orsat Miljenić, Berislav Šipuš and Tihomir Jakovina, Croatian Parliament Speaker Josip Leko, President of the Serb National Council Milorad Pupovac, and many others, attended the commemoration. The commemoration was opened by Nataša Mataušić, president of the Memorial's Management Board. Zoran Milanović, Josip Leko and Milorad Pupovac, also adressed the participants, as well as Branko Lustig, who spoke in the name of the President of the Republic Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. At the end of the ceremony representatives of the religious communities said prayers and wreaths were laid at the bottom of the Flower Monument.
Bruno Boyer, from Memorial de la Shoah, and Steven Luckard from United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, who also attended the commemoration, then visited the Office of the President of the Republic K. Grabar-Kitarović, where they were introduced by the President's new special adviser for Holocaust issues, Nataša Jovičić.