Written by Vladimir Zerjavic, retiree of UN
Zagreb, July 1997, revised in December 1997.
I came over the new tirades and lies of Dr. Milan Bulajic (Director of the Museum of Victims of Genocide in Belgrade) accidentally. Checking out some data about my grandson Vladimir (who has been chosen on account of his marks in the latest edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges") on the INTERNET, I found out that Dr. Bulajic mentions my name in the following text - "Serbian Bulletin - June 1996, JASENOVAC - WHAT HAPPENED" and a series of other texts such as: "NEVER AGAIN - Genocide in NDH (Independent State of Croatia)", "NEVER AGAIN - Camps - Lies", "JASENOVAC - A SYSTEM OF CROATIAN DEATHCAMP (1941-1945) 50 YEARS LATER" and many more. I downloaded over 30 pages, containing incredible data, written without any logic and consistency, as in his earlier texts published in the Zagreb and Belgrade media until the summer of 1991 when the JNA (Yugoslav People's Army) attacked Croatia.
The open polemics between Serbian and Croatian authors and historians regarding human losses in the World War II began after the death of Marshal Tito in 1980. They intensified with the declaration of the MEMORANDUM OF SANU (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts) in 1986 and the seizing of power of Slobodan Milosevic in 1987. Dr. Bulajic, a Yugoslav communist diplomat, now Director of the Museum of Victims of Genocide in Belgrade, became known for his activities in proving that enormous human losses occurred in Jasenovac, especially after the publication of my book "Population Losses of Yugoslavia in the World War II" in the edition of the Yugoslav Society of Victimology in 1989.
My book had the purpose of proving with detailed research that these huge numbers were scientifically unfounded, with the aim of preventing the armed conflict, which was becoming more and more probable. That showed to be correct, since when the 600th Anniversary of the Kosovo Battle with the Turks was held at Gazimestan in 1989, Slobodan Milosevic stated that he will "unite all Serbs into one state, either with institutional or non-institutional measures, even with weapons if necessary", what was done in 1991.
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Vladimir Zerjavic and
Dr Mirko Valentic, director of Croatian Institute of History