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Jasenovac Concentration Camp
An Unfinished Past

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ISBN 9781032353791
April 21, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book presents state-of-the-art discussions around the Jasenovac Concentration Camp. Initially one of the largest camps of the Second World War, Jasenovac became a symbol of supra-national unity during the Yugoslav period and in the 1990s reemerged as a contested symbol of narrational victimhood. By analyzing some of the most controversial topics related to the Second World War in south-eastern Europe: the Holocaust, the genocide of Serbs and Roma, the issue of political prisoners and state-sponsored crimes, censorship during Communist Yugoslavia, the use of memory in war propaganda, and representation of tragedies in museums and art, it allows for a greater understanding of the development of intergroup violence in the former Yugoslavia. It will be of interest to scholars and students of history, genocide studies, memory studies and sociology as well as professionals working in the field of conflict resolution and reconciliation

Table of Contents

Section I: NAMING

 1. Jasenovac Uses and Misuses of the Past: Manipulations and Historical Revisionism Surrounding the Biggest WWII Camp in the Balkans Stipe ODAK, Andriana BENČIĆ KUŽNAR, Danijela LUCIĆ

2.The Road to ‘Serbian Yad Vashem’: Manipulations of the History of the Sajmište and Jasenovac Camps Jovan BYFORD

3. Racial Laws in the Independent State of Croatia – Social and Legal Aspects  Nataša MATAUŠIĆ

4. Crime and Punishment (or – what is the connection between Jasenovac and Bleiburg) (Biographical excerpts on War Criminals from the Jasenovac Camp)  Ivo GOLDSTEIN


5. Jasenovac and Bleiburg Between Facts and Manipulations  Vladimir GEIGER, Martina GRAHEK RAVANČIĆ

6. Jasenovac Concentration Camp and its Role in the Destruction of the NDH People – Calculation of the Possible Number of Victims Based on the Partially Revised 1964 Census  Dragan CVETKOVIĆ

7. Forgotten Victims of the Second World War or the Suffering of Roma in the Independent State of Croatia, 1941 – 1945  Danijel VOJAK


8. Contested Cultural Memory in Jasenovac: A Post–Communist/Post–Socialist Memorial Museum in an Era of Historical Revisionism  Vjeran PAVLAKOVIĆ

9.Jasenovac on Film: Manipulations of Identities and the Performance of Memory Ana KRŠINIĆ–LOZICA

10. The International Committee of the Red Cross and Camps on the Territory of the Independent State of Croatia with Special Reference to the Jasenovac Camp Mario KEVO

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Stipe Odak is a researcher and lecturer at the Université catholique de Louvain. He received his Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from UCLouvain (Belgium) and a doctorate in Theology from KU Leuven (Belgium). His research focuses on the intersections of memory, religion, and conflicts.

Andriana Bencic Kužnar is an assistant professor of Military Sociology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She published a book Memory of the Croatian War of Independence (2020). Her research interest lies in the intersection of nationhood and identity with collective memories of war and political uses of the past.

Danijela Lucic is an assistant professor of Military Sociology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She published a book State Terrorism (2019) and three co-authored books in fields of war studies, security studies and qualitative and quantitative research.