Sunday, 8 May 2022

Bonfires Lit by River Sava in Zagreb to Commemorate WWII Liberation

ZAGREB, 8 May 2022 - The Network of Antifascist Women and the Alliance of Antifascist Fighters and Antifascists lit bonfires on the bank of the River Sava in Zagreb on Saturday evening in tribute to the Partisan units that liberated the Croatian capital on 8 May 1945.

The event was attended by Mayor Tomislav Tomašević, who said that it was the seventh year now that the liberation of Zagreb from Ustasha and fascist occupation had been commemorated by building bonfires by the Sava.

"During the Second World War and the difficult times of occupation, Zagreb was never subdued. Numerous residents of the city, together with Partisans from throughout Croatia, joined the National Liberation Movement and the Women's Antifascist Front, engaging in subversive operations against the occupying army and quislings. They were also hiding people who faced deportation to certain death, and put up resistance," the mayor said.

He said he was paying tribute to the 30,000 residents of Zagreb who had sacrificed their lives or had been the victims of the Ustasha and fascist terror.

"The units that liberated Zagreb did so on the wings of social justice, faith in equality and internationalism, which are the values that we should promote today," Tomašević said, adding that society should be built on class and gender equality.

For more, check out our politics section.

Friday, 22 April 2022

President Pays Tribute to WW2 Jasenovac Camp Victims on Breakout Day

ZAGREB, 22 April (2022) - President Zoran Milanović on Friday held a separate commemoration at the Jasenovac concentration camp site on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of Jasenovac Breakout Day.

The breakout was made on the morning of 22 April 1945 by the last 600 prisoners and about 100 survived.

The Jasenovac Memorial Centre has documented the names and details of 83,145 people killed at Jasenovac where the Nazi-style Ustasha regime had run the camp for 1,337 days during the Second World War. Most of victims were ethnic Serbs (47.627), Roma (16.173) and Jews (13.116).

During his commemorative event held at 9 am Friday, Milanović laid flowers and pebbles in front of the centre's monument "A Stone Flower".

On Thursday, commenting on the planned separate commemoration, Milanović said that he would go there with his aides rather than with government officials, whom he accused of encouraging Ustasha-related outbursts and then pretending to be liberals.

Friday's commemorative ceremony, which is being organised by the Memorial Centre, will be attended by government officials and representatives of the Antifascist Alliance and the Serb and Roma minorities, while the Jewish community, dissatisfied with the authorities' treatment of the Ustasha salute and insignia, will again organise a separate commemoration a few days later.

Milanović said that he would join the Jewish community in its commemorative event on 28 April.

For more, check out our politics section.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

WW2 Ordnance Successfully Removed from Poljana in Mali Losinj

December the 16th, 2020 - The area of Poljana in Mali Losinj is even safer following yesterday's removal of old WW2 ordnance that had been lying undisturbed ever since the 1940s.

As Morski writes, yesterday in the area of Poljana in Mali Losinj, a complex action of the removal and subsequent destruction of two explosive devices left over from the second world war was carried out. The ordinance included an MC-500 LB aircraft bomb, made in England, and a RKT 152 MM, 60 Lb polyvalent rocket.

The action was attended by police officers of the Anti-Explosion Department of the Police Administration of Primorje-Gorski Kotar, in cooperation with police officers of the Anti-Explosion Service of the Police Directorate and the Mali Losinj Police Station, along with the Cres branch and with members of the Croatian Army. The removal was done successfully with the logistical and organisational support of the Town of Mali Losinj and the participation of employees of both HMP and JVP Mali Losinj.

The aforementioned bomb, weighing about 300 kilograms in total, was safely deactivated and removed from its place of discovery before being transported by a helicopter belonging to the Croatian Air Force to the Mali Losinj heliport. From there, it will be transported to the military range where it will be destroyed according to professional rules. The polyvalent rocket, weighing about 30 kilograms, was destroyed by police officers at the scene according to the rules of the profession.

During the action near Poljana in Mali Losinj, which took place from 10:30 to 11:30, some of the population living near the area were evacuated from their homes, and other residents were instructed not to leave residential and other buildings, ie not to stay out in the open until the end of the action.

For the latest travel info, bookmark our main travel info article, which is updated daily

Read the Croatian Travel Update in your language - now available in 24 languages

Join the Total Croatia Travel INFO Viber community.