Jasenovac Research Institute proudly invites you to our
15th Annual Benefit Dinner and Conference
Common Ground: Defeating Fascism and Remembering the Victims on the 71st Anniversary of the Liberation of Jasenovac.
Sunday, May 8th, 2016
4:00 to 9:00 PM
New York's Hotel Pennsylvania
401 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Co-sponsored by the St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Church under the auspices of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
You may register and pay with credit card for the dinner and conference by clicking on the "JOIN US" link above or you may send a check or money order made out to "JRI" to:
Jasenovac Research Institute
PO Box 10-0674
Brooklyn, NY 11210
RSVP or make inquiries to Barry Lituchy, JRI Director and CEO
Phone: (917) 254-5164
Božica Živković-Rajilić is the President of the NGO "Association of Women Victims of War of the Republic of Srpska." Born in 1962 in Gradiska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, she completed her degree for teachers of history and geography, and in 1985 she started working at an elementary school in the village Podorasje, Municipality Srebrenik, in the Tuzla region, where she lived and worked until the beginning of the war. .
When the war started in 1992, she was arrested by the Bosnian Muslim army as a Serbian civilian, and was forced to suffer the most severe forms of torture by the "Bosniak" army. She was imprisoned by the Bosnian Muslims for 322 days in a prison for Serbs only. Finally, she was released in an exchange on May 3rd 1993, and moved to the territory of the Republic of Srpska.
Today the Association of Women Victims of which she is President counts 420 members who are victims of war. She again works in a primary school "Petar Kocic" in Nova Topola. She is married and the mother of two children.
Prof. Gideon Greif is an Israeli historian of the Holocaust and educator. He is Chief Historian and Researcher at the "Shem Olam" Institute for Education, Documentation and Research on Faith and the Holocaust, Israel, and Chief Historian and Researcher at the Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects in Miami, Florida.
Prof. Gideon Greif is a world renowned historian-expert on the history of Auschwitz-Birkenau. His most famous contribution to the study of Auschwitz is his pioneer, groundbreaking research on the " Sonderkommando", a special Jewish prisoner squad in Auschwitz-Birkenau. This research inspired the production of "Son of Saul", the Hungarian Oscar-winning film. Recently, he published together with Itamar Levin the first book in the world about the uprising of the "Sonderkommando" in Auschwitz Birkenau.
Prof. Greif is very active in the field of Holocaust education. He lectures in many countries, including Israel, Germany, Poland, Australia and Denmark, participating in numerous international conferences. In Germany alone, more than 200,000 students and teachers have listened to his lectures and attended his work shops in the last decade. His new exhibition, "Auschwitz, A Death Factory", which he produced together with Peter Siebers, is now showing around the world.
Milorad Kojić is the Director of the Republic Center for the Investigation of War, War Crimes, and the Search for Missing Persons, of the Government of the Republic of Srpska. Mr. Kojić is an attorney who previously worked in the Ministry of Justice of the Government of the Republic of Srpska as head of the Department for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions. Since becoming the Director of the Center for War Crimes in 2013, he has participated in many conferences and has been a member of the Supervisory body for the monitoring of the implementation of the National Strategy for Processing of War Crimes Cases.
He lives in Banjaluka with his wife and a child.
Rene David Alkalay
Dr David Alkalay is a survivor of the Holocaust and a descendant of one of the most famous Jewish families of the Balkans. His family played important roles in 19th century Serbian history, as well as in the founding of the Zionist movement. His father Joseph and many members of his extended family were murdered at Jasenovac. Dr. Alkalay and his mother Anna survived a concentration camp where he was among the youngest to have survived, having been only one year old when he was arrested by the Ustashe.
Today Dr. Alkalay is an interfaith Rabbi and a leading proponent of interfaith dialogue. He holds a PhD in Divinity from the Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He is the founder and Director of the Genesis Society and Genesis Health Center in Queens, NY, an author of several books and numerous articles on wellness, and a national spokesperson for several organizations.
Dr. Alakalay is also Honorary Chairman of Jasenovac Research Institute.
William Duna is a Roma scholar, musician and professor of music who has taught at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the director of Basipen, the Society for the Preservation of Gypsy Music.
Mr. Duna became the first Roma representative on the Executive Council of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. when he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 to that position. He was re-appointed to the Council again in 1991 by President George H.B. Bush and served eight years in total. During that time he represented Roma interests at the Museum, did research, and designed programs to educate the American public about the genocide committed against Romas during World War II.
Julija Kos was born in 1953 in the city of Split to the parents of Holocaust survivors. She was named for an aunt killed by the Ustashe at a young age during the Holocaust. Ms. Kos graduated from the University in Zagreb with degrees in art history and archaeology and then did her graduate degree in library and information science. She became the head librarian of two special Jewish libraries: the Library of the Jewish Community Zagreb (1990-2011), and the Library of the Jewish Religious Community Bet Israel (2012 - present).
Ms. Kos is both a famous author and a famous political critic of the Croatian government's permanent exhibition of the Museum at Jasenovac. Her criticisms of that Museum have attracted worldwide attention to the handling of the history of the Holocaust by the Museum and by the Croatian government from Holocaust scholars around the world. Among her published works are the books: Aleph Bet of Judaism; Ticket for Heaven; Cabalists and Rationalists; and the analytic study Independent State of Croatia: A View from Today. She is also the author of numerous other works, including lexicographies, all published both in print and in the electronic media. She is also a distinguished editor and lecturer in the fields of Judaism, general religion, and general history. Ms. Kos lives in Zagreb.
Sani Rifati, one of the world's foremost Roma artists, leaders, spokespersons and activists, was born in Kosovo to a Roma family in 1962. Educated in Yugoslavia in chemistry, Sani was already a well known professional musician in Yugoslavia by the late 1970s, performing in Roma bands as a drummer (dumbek, cajon), and also as a singer and dancer.
During the 1990s he moved to the United States and fused his musical career with his outstanding political activism. He founded and became President of the Roma NGO, Voice of Roma. Voice of Roma
has fought for the Roma in Kosovo and internationally. Under Sani's guidance, Voice of Roma has held an annual Herdeljezi Roma Festival in northern California for the past 17 years. In line with Sani's philosophy, Voice of Roma fuses the arts with politics, educating the US and the world about the Roma through authentic Roma art, music, dance, and food while also bringing the most pressing political issues to the forefront.
In 2002 Sani organized a Herdeljezi Benefit Concert in Kosovo featuring Esma Redzepova and members of her Ensemble. He has also produced five North American tours with noted Roma bands. Sani has given lectures and dance workshops at universities across the United States and Canada, and has produced Roma events in Brazil, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Austria, Norway, and Romania. He currently lives in Berlin
Fr. Djokan Majstorović, Serbian Orthodox Church
Dr. Robert McCormick, Historian, U. of South Carolina
Dr. Rene David Alkalay, Genesis Society, Survivor
Dr. Vasilije Krestić, Historian, U. of Belgrade
Dr. Dani Novak, Prof. Emeritus, Ithaca College
There will be a discussion and question period
Recent speech by
Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the Holocaust in Yugoslavia:
JASENOVAC (1945), documentary film with English subtitles:
Jasenovac Research Institute
The Jasenovac Research Institute is a non-profit human rights organization
and research institute committed to establishing the truth about the Holocaust
in Yugoslavia and dedicated to the search for justice for its victims. The
JRI promotes research and activities designed to enlighten the world to
the crimes of genocide committed at Jasenovac and wartime Yugoslavia against
Serbs, Jews and Romas and provides assistance to all groups and individuals
who likewise seek justice for these victims.
"The crimes of the fascist Ustashe against the Serbs in the
notorious camp of Jasenovac must be known - crimes that are the worst ones
along with those committed against the Jews in the Holocaust." - Simon Wiesenthal
Take a Closer Look
Roma historian Dr. Ian Hancock to be keynote speaker at JRI's 8th Annual
Jasenovac Day of Commemoration Ceremonies to be held in New York, April
New Book on Jasenovac Available Now! Jasenovac and the Holocaust in Yugoslavia: Analyses and
Testimonies Edited by Barry M. Lituchy, Published
by JRI, 2006, 408 pp.
As scholarship and awareness of the Holocaust grew rapidly in the 1990's,
information on Jasenovac and the genocides perpetrated against Serbs, Jews
and Romas in Yugoslavia during World War II was absent from this discussion.
This neglect posed some troubling questions. How could the subject of Jasenovac
be absent from public and scholarly attention at the very moment when discussions
of genocide, war crimes and human rights in the Balkans were on the front
pages of every newspaper, and in the pronouncements of every Holocaust and
human rights institution and governement in the world? How could any serious
public discussion of genocide in the former Yugoslavia begin without the
necessary historical context?
In 1997 Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York hosted a conference
on Jasenovac and the Holocaust in Yugoslavia. The results of that conference
are presented here for the first time in an accurate and authorized edition,
prepared in cooperation with the authors.
This book contains 30 chapters including a 40 page introduction. There are
15 chapters of analyses by historians including Michael Berenbaum, Christopher
Simpson, Antun Miletic, Eli Rosenbaum, Charles R. Allen Jr. and others,
along with 15 chapters of unique Holocaust testimonies by Jasenovac and
other concentration camp survivors. There are 97 photographs, 30 pages of
appendices with never before translated documents, maps, a twelve page double
columned index with detailed entries, 27 biographical entries on contributors,
and discussion of secondary source literature. The entire book is annotated
and expertly prepared. This book provides one of the most extensive and
accurate presentations of this subject in the English language ever produced.
To order, send a check or money order for $32 paperback or $37 hardcover
(includes shipping and handling) payable to:
Jasenovac Research Institue
PO Box 10-0674
Brooklyn, NY 11210
5th Annual Jasenovac Day of Commemoration
Ceremonies to be held 30 April 2006 at the Jasenovac Monument in New York's
Holocaust Memorial Park. The JRI establsihed this unique monument for the
victims of Jasenovac and the Holocaust in Yugoslavia in 2005. See photos
of last year's unveiling and of past Jasenovac Day Ceremonies here.
2005 Jasenovac Commemorative
Essay & Art Contest Winners
JRI Announces 2nd Annual Jasenovac Commemorative Essay and Art Contests
in North America, Serbia and Republika Srpska.
Clockwise from Top Left: Dejan Arnaut, Zeljko Slijepcevic, Ana Rakita,
Tijana Tomic, and Alexander Osman
JRI Announces 2nd Annual Jasenovac Commemorative Essay and Art Contests
in North America, Serbia and Republika Srpska. Entry Information
Journey Through Kosovo
Elizabeth Bieber: Journey Through Kosovo. Photojournalist Elizabeth Bieber
traveled to Kosovo last year on behalf of the JRI to document the human
rights catastrophe facing the Roma and Serbian refugees.
Built on the remnants of an old lead mine lies Mitrovica, a Roma refugee
camp that faces the grave effects of its location. Without adequate access
to medical care, its residents battle with the effects of lead poisoning.
Diana Budisavljevic was an Austrian housewife married to a Serbian doctor
who launched, from 1941 to 1945, an heroic campaign to save more than 12,000
from the ustasha death camps. If anyone ever knew her or has anything to
her, please contact her grandson Leonardo Rasica at:
*telephone: ++ 55 11 5044 7022
Alameda dos Anapurus, 1661, ap 1009
CEP 04087-006 Moema
Sao Paulo SP
JRI and Holocaust Survivors thank U.S. Congressman Anthony
Weiner for helping the JRI obtain the Jasenovac monument in New York.
Click here or on the image to view
full size version.
Click here to read the article in
The Jewish Press.
The Jasenovac Research Institute receives an award from
New York City for "extraordinary contributions to the City of New York."
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Jasenovac Day of Commemoration Declared
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declares 17 April 2005 Jasenovac Day
of Commemoration in New York City. Read the entire declaration.
Excerpt: Whereas: Sixty years have passed since the end of the Holocaust.
As the horror of those events recedes deeper into history, the responsibility
of remembrance weighs more heavily on all of us. New York City is proud
to join the Jasenovac Research Institute in commemorating the Holocaust
in Yugoslavia with a ceremony at the Holocaust park in Brooklyn. Together
we honor those who suffered and pledge to remain vigilant against the dark
impulses that triggered this genocide.
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Read the Black Book
JRI re-publishes "The Black Book" - The Crimes of the Fascist Occupants
and Their Collaborators Against the Jews in Yugoslavia.
The historic First International Conference on Jasenovac in New York City,
We Are Still Waiting!
This image shows Jasenovac Camp commander Maks Luburic and Nazi Lieutenant
Schmidt interviewing Jasenovac prisoners for forced labor in Nazi munitions
factories in Germany at Jasenovac on 12 June 1942. Thousands of Serbs and
Yugoslav Jews who were forced to work in the Nazi wartime industry have
never received a penny in compensation from the official Claims Commision.