students and professors of the Department of International Relations and European Studies at International Burch University visited the memorial site Jasenovac in Croatia.
Jasenovac is the place to a World War II-era concentration camp established by the fascist Ustasha regime and operated by Nazi Germany. Over 90,000 people died there, which makes Jasenovac the fifth deadliest concentration camp in all of Europe during World War II.
The group visited the memorial site in order to further familiarize themselves with the history of the region, to pay their respects to the thousands of innocent victims who were murdered in Jasenovac and to demonstrate inter-ethnic understanding and compassion in a climate which is sorely lacking those attributes.
The students and professors had an opportunity to tour the premises of the memorial site, learn more about the history of the camp from a tour guide, and visit the museum, as well as provide feedback to the memorial site administrators.
“Most people know that horrible crime happened in Jasenovac, but few know that around a quarter of the victims were children under the age of 14. I was in that category until I visited Jasenovac and I’m glad that we went and had the opportunity to learn more”, commented Isa Dukmenić, a third-year student of International Relations and European Studies Department.
Last year, the Department, along with Burch Diplomacy Club, organized an educational visit to Prijedor, also a site of ethnic cleansing and great human suffering, and plans to organize another educational visit to Srebrenica, the site of the only post-World War II genocide in Europe, in the spring semester of 2018.