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English17/01/2020

KUKOLJ: YOUNG GENERATIONS MUST NEVER FORGET HORRORS OF JASENOVAC

 

BANJALUKA, JANUARY 17 /SRNA/ - President of the Banjaluka Association of WWII Concentration Camp Inmates Dobrila Kukolj has said that she passed the Golgotha of the Jasenovac concentration camp, which is why she is trying to transfer her memories to young generations so that that evil past would never be forgotten.

 

Kukolj has said that she, as a ten year-old-girl, experienced the greatest possible sufferings in the Jasenovac concentration camp, where she spent three months.

“You could sleep in the water, yawn as a little bird, search for your mother who was taken to forced labor or run away so that Ustashe would not take you to the brickyard,” said Kukolj, who this morning was a guest at the Faculty of Philosophy in Banjaluka.

Testifying to these events, Kukolj has said that she was transferred from the Jasenovac concentration camp to Sisak, Pakrac, Pakračka Poljana, Gaj and the village of Toranj in Slavonia.

“My life was very difficult, somber, thorny and sad as I lost my childhood and all of my family in WWII, and I had to go alone through life,” she said.

She reiterated that the Association of WWII Concentration Camp Inmates wants a memorial to all concentration camp inmates to be built in the Memorial Area Donja Gradina.

“It is unacceptable that I lay wreaths every year at a barbed wire in Donja Gradina, which was put in place a long time ago, and that promises on erecting a monument remain unfulfilled,” she said.

Nikola Ožegović, a historian and theologian at the Banjaluka Faculty of Philosophy, says that Kukolj, by her testimony, pointed to the most tragic events from the history of the Serbian people in the 20th century.

“The Ustashe concentration camp Jasenovac is one of the most tragic events in the recent history of the Serbian people as this was a process of destruction and erasing of all traces of the Serbian people in the area of the former Independent State of Croatia,” Ožegović said. /end/sg