Croatia has tried to prevent an exhibition about Jasenovac from being staged today at the UN headquarters in New York City.
However, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has given his permission for the exhibition to be opened. The exhibition will feature startling documents and evidence of the crimes against Serbs, Jews and the Roma people committed by the Ustashas in the Jasenovac concentration camp during World War II.
According to the Vecernje Novosti daily, the official Zagreb has urged various diplomatic channels to appeal with the UN to ban the exhibition from being staged on its premises. The Croatian authorities have also sent the same request to the UN Secretary General too.
The official Zagreb protested against a controversial photograph of the Croatian Bishop, Alojzije Stepinac being exhibited, in addition to objecting to a documentary film, that is also a part of the exhibition, mentioning the number of people that were killed in Jasenovac.
Following this, the Serbian Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic acted quickly and contacted the UN Secretary General for his official approval for the exhibition to be organized.
The exhibition titled ‘Jasenovac – The Right to Remember’ is the largest and most monumental exhibition about the Jasenovac concentration camp which will be first showcased in the UN. The exhibition is so elaborate that it took seven tons of equipment to stage it. It is a part of a joint Serbian-Jewish project on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Photo credits: Blic / RAS Srbija