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Jasenovac Research Institute proudly invites you to our
14th Annual Benefit Dinner and Conference

Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Remembering the Victims of the Holocaust in Yugoslavia on the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Jasenovac.

Sunday, April 26th, 2015
5:00 to 10:00 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.

RSVP Joy Jangdhari, Executive Organizer
Email: info@joyevents.nyc
Phone: (347) 475-0750



Raphael Israeli

Born in Fez, Morocco , Professor Israeli currently teaches Islamic, Chinese and Middle Eastern History at Hebrew University. A graduate of Hebrew University in history and Arabic Literature, he holds a PhD in Chinese and Islamic History from the University of California, Berkeley.

Since 1974 he has been a Lecturer, and then Professor, of Islamic and Chinese History at Hebrew University, with sabbatical periods spent at York University (Toronto), the University of Pittsburg’s Semester at Sea program, Harvard University, Boston University, Australian National University in Canberra, Melbourne University and Naruto University in Japan.

Dr. Israeli is the author of 32 books and some 100 scholarly articles in the fields of Islamic radicalism, Islamic terrorism, the Modern Middle East, Islam in China and Asia, and the opening of China by the French.

Jovan Mirković

Jovan Mirković, one of the world’s leading historians of Jasenovac and the Holocaust in Yugoslavia, was born in Subocki Grad, near Novska in Slavonia.

He received his degree in History from the University of Sarajevo where he also did post-graduate studies. He was Director of the Jasenovac Memorial Site from 1978 to 1980 and again 1990 to 1991. He was an Advisor to the Museum of Victims of Genocide in Belgrade from 1999 to 2013.

He is the author of Objavljeni izvori i literatura o jasenovačkim logorima (A Bibliography of Sources on the Jasenovac Camps), 2000, and has published more than 50 articles focusing on the genocide against Serbs in World War II. He has also edited some 30 collections of essays and catalogues dealing with the Holocaust.
Aneta Lalić

Aneta Lalić

Aneta Lalić is the Director of Cultural Affairs for the Serbian National Council of Croatia in Zagreb. She is an expert on the human rights situation in Croatia.

Ms. Lalic's duties for the Serbian National Council also involve publishing, heritage preservation, coordination of the Serbian national minority councils and advocacy at various levels of the Croatian government.

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.

Darko Trifunović

Dr. Trifunović, one of the leading experts in Counter-Terrorism and Security issues in the Balkans, is a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Belgrade. He is also a Visiting Professor at Fudan University in China.

Previously, he served as First Secretary of the Foreign Service for Bosnia Herzegovina at the UN and as an Advisor to the Repubic Srpska on terrorism. He is the Representative for Serbia and Montenegro in the International Strategic Studies Association and participates on many other international bodies, including in Israel where he is a frequent lecturer. He is also a founding and current Director of the Jasenovac Research Institute.

Nenad Fogel

Born in Novi Sad, Nenad Fogel received his degree in forestry engineering. In 1999 he became the President of the Jewish Community in Zemun. Since that time Mr. Fogel has produced or overseen the production of a steady stream of works on Jewish topics and history.

Under his leadership, the Zemun Jewish Community has published some 30 separate works. A number of them were either authored or co-authored by Mr. Fogel. Most recently these included the books “Holocaust in Yugoslavia” and “A Traveling Exhibition on the Righteous among the Nations in Yugoslavia.” Mr. Fogel has also has authored two scripts for documentaries: “The Zemun Jewish Cemetery” and the “Righteous among the Nations – Serbia.” In 2005 Mr. Fogel created the Jewish Community of Zemun's website, http://joz.rs, and is to this day its chief editor. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Serbia.

Joy Jangdhari

Author of "Living Life As A Joyful Being, be ready for whatever life brings!" President of Joy Events, Founder of Operation Dare to Care and an entrepreneur who has developed, managed and promoted two businesses. She has participated in programs offered by The University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine Health and has taught seminars and workshops for personal development at Wilmington University and Delaware Tech College. 

On Behalf of Barry Lituchy and the Board of Directors of JRI we are grateful to Joy Jangdhari/Joy Events LLC for her assistance in planning and organizing our 14th anniversary event. Without her this would not have been possible!

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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

Noted 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 25th-26th, 2009.

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.

Map & Directions to get to this years commemoration
Photos of previous years commemorations: 2005 // 2004 // 2003

New Victim List Functionality

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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.
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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.

Click here to view full report.

Above: Mehrija shows daughter Sabrina's head infection, believed to be caused by lead poisoning.
Far Right: One man suffers from swollen feet.

JRI Quarterly

Jasenovac Research Institute Quarterly - Read articles from the current and from past issues of the JRI's quarterly magazine.

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Looking for Information

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 children
from the ustasha death camps. If anyone ever knew her or has anything to tell about
her, please contact her grandson Leonardo Rasica at:

*e-mail: leo.rasica@uol.com.br
*telephone: ++ 55 11 5044 7022
*post mail:
   Leonardo Rasica
   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.

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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.

Click here for more information.

First International Conference on Jasenovac

The historic First International Conference on Jasenovac in New York City, October 1997.

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.
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