On November 15, 1945, after inspecting the site of the Jasenovac Death Camp, with the evidence still very fresh, and only 87 surviving victims available to provide eye witness testimony, a Croatian Commission concluded the following:

“… The exact number of victims swallowed by the camp of Jasenovac will never be established, because of the stated reasons, but that on the basis of investigation led by the Commission, it can be concluded that the number of around 500,000 to 600,000 conforms to reality.”

“Crimes in the Jasenovac Camp,”
The Croatian Commission,
November 15, 1945.


TESTIMONY (1959) by Antun Miletich, a Croatian writer: “…There is not a pen capable of describing the horror and terror of the atmosphere at Jasenovac. It surpasses any human fantasy. Imagine Hell, the Inquisition, a terror more dreadful than any that ever before existed anywhere, run by bloodthirsty wild animals whose most hidden and disgusting instincts had come to the surface in a way never before seen in human beings—and still you have not said enough.”


TESTIMONY: “No one will ever know the precise number of Serbs slaughtered. German sources indicate around 750,000 Serbs. Serbian claims are naturally much higher. There is confusion in the
figures, because some sources refer only to those slaughtered in Jasenovac, whereas large numbers were also slaughtered in their homes and churches and thrown into ravines all over the country. The true figure is probably nearer a million, but, even if it were ‘only’ half a million, the number is enormous, bearing in mind that the Serbian population was probably around three million in
the area controlled by Pavelic. Even more significant than the numbers was the brutality of the methods used by the Ustashi and the indiscriminate slaughter of old men, women, and children
to make up the quota. It must be bore in mind that there are still significant numbers of Serbs alive today who actually witnessed the genocide and a far larger number whose families were affected by the genocide. The genocide overrides everything else in the Serbian people’s memory.”

Michael Lees,
British author of
The Rape of Serbia, 1990.


“The Croats had built this crematorium by converting a brick factory. It had a deep pit at the bottom of which wood and coal was arranged in order to heat the pit to a very high temperature. This ‘stove’ was enclosed and had a heavy steel door at the end of the tunnel that led to the burning area. The Croats created this crematorium to make it possible to destroy inmates as easily as possible and in large numbers. But when they brought the first group of Jewish women and children to murder them in this crematorium, they brought them through the tunnel first and after opening the door, they tried to push the victims into the human oven. It didn’t work the way they wanted it to, because the women fought desperately and the children screamed.

After, that, the Croats decided to use mallets and steel rods to hit each of the victims on the back of their heads, rendering them unconscious before shoving them into the fire. The crematorium worked for several months but was closed then, because the stench of burned human flesh was carried miles and miles from the camp and the Croat civilians and Germans living in the area began complaining. From the area of Kozara in Northern Bosnia, the Croats took 23,858 Serbian boys and girls up to 14 years of age and sent them to the concentration camp Jasenovac in the spring of 1942. Of these children, the Croats executed 6,348 boys and 6,854 girls. Many were killed on on the way to Jasenovac and left at the side of the road. The rest were sent to Zagreb for adoption by Croat families. Those who were not adopted were poisoned to death.”

Mladen Ivekovich
Former Jasenovac inmate


“For centuries the Serbian people have stood in the Balkans as the bulwark of Christian civilization against invaders and oppressors. As a consequences of their stand, great losses have been inflicted on them in the course of centuries… Genocide in its worst and most destructive form, however, was inflicted upon the Serbs in 1941-45 by the members of the Croatian Fascist movement, the Ustasha… The massacres carried out in the Serbian Orthodox Church in Glina between May and August, 1941, belong undoubtedly, to the darkest chapters of human depravity in modern times.”

Senator Herbert H. Lehman, New York
U.S. Senate, October 20, 1951.


TESTIMONY: “The Jasenovac camp was the lowest level to which mankind can fall …the most horrible place of torture in the history of man …hell on earth. It was the work of hatred, the work of evil, and the work of the devil himself. Everything that one could write about the Jasenovac camp could only be a pale picture of Jasenovac and what it was.Because no one could ever overdo it when writing about Jasenovac and what happened there.”

Djordje Milisha,
Jasenovac survivor,
from his book, Jasenovac Hell.


TESTIMONY: “Jasenovac and the surrounding area represents a place where over 800,000 human beings died in the most brutal way; 750,000 Serbs, 60,000 Jews, 30,000 Gypsies — men, women and
children. In addition, it represents the essence and character of the Croatian Catholic soul. Soul without feeling, compassion or Christian ethic. All of that is represented by Jasenovac and much more. Jasenovac represents the beginning and end of the content and character of Croatian statehood. Jasenovac represents the cannibalistic character of a group of people, an abortion of conscience of Croat Catholics and Moslems. Never did anything worse than Jasenovac, in the history of mankind absorb the soul of a people.”

Dr. Lazo M. Kostich,
Professor and Author of:
Holocaust in the Independent
State of Croatia, 1981.


TESTIMONY: “What the Serbian children came to experience in the Croatian concentration camps represents in the history of mankind an isolated example of human suffering. Bartholomew’s night in comparison with the Croatian hell was a picnic. The Croats showed the darkest side toward the Serbian children. They impaled them on bayonets, burned them alive in the crematoriums, boiled them in cauldrons for making soap, threw them alive into deep wells and pits, poisoned them with caustic soda, starved them to death.
Dr. Nikola Nikolich, Croatian Doctor of Medicine
Jasenovac inmate and survivor

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