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What is driving growing holocaust denial in Croatia?

During the Second World War Croatia was home to some of the worst atrocities of the Holocaust. The ruling Nazi-aligned Ustaše regime established the Jasenovac concentration camp, which became the site where around 100,000 Serbs, Jews, Roma and political opponents were murdered. Despite these crimes being clearly verifiable with historical documents, testimonies of survivors, and the extensive research of numerous reputable historians, over the years denial and revisionism is becoming increasingly common in Croatia. The issue has become so widespread that Croatian Jews have staged a boycott of the country’s official holocaust remembrance day in recent years. What has enabled holocaust denial to take such a strong foothold in Croatia? Is this a purely Croatian phenomenon or can this be linked to changes elsewhere? What is driving growing holocaust denial in Croatia? voanews.com/europe/croatian-jews-boycott-official-holocaust-remembrance
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Firstly it is important to note that the Ustaše regime and the corresponding "Ustasha" movement that perpetrated the Croatian holocaust was a Roman Catholic, fascist and ultranationalist terrorist organisation that promoted a racially "pure" Croatia and genocide against Serbs. They inherited the anti-Semitism from their Nazi German allies, but the foundation of fascism in Croatia was distinctly Catholic. In recent years the Church has published a book celebrating Maks Luburic, the head of the Ustaše concentration camps, and published articles in the Glas Koncila newspaper by Jasenovac-denier Igor Vukić and other Jasenovac and Holocaust deniers. The head of the Croatian Bishops' Conference has even argued that Croatian army should reinstate the war-time Ustaše salute, akin to the Nazi "Sieg Heil" salute. There seems to be a repeated efforts to whitewash the Ustasha legacy from within the Croatian Catholic Church, and with this the horrors of the both the Croatian and Nazi Holocaust are met with revision or denial.

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