Historian and journalist Slavko Goldstein on Friday launched his book "Jasenovac - Tragedy, Mythomania, Truth", a polemic response to the book "The Jasenovac Camp - Research".
The basic intention of Goldstein book, it was said at the launch, is to draw public attention to the true dimensions and problems of the WWII Jasenovac concentration camp and its existence in the 1941-45 Independent State of Croatia which, according to the author, should dismantle the myth and the falsifications about a "threefold camp" which, according to other interpretations, was in function even in the post-WWII years and after the 1948 Informbiro Resolution and was allegedly only a prisoner and labour camp in the NDH.
The book, it was said, confronts manipulations with the number of the camp's victims, put at over 700,000 mainly by Serb sources and about 2,000 by the Commission for the Research of the War and Post-War Period.
According to the author, the polemic about the Jasenovac concentration camp was and remains characterised by nationalist motives. Blinded nationalism is "the biggest pest for society and the state," Goldstein says in the book.
"The so-called argument about the 'triplicity of the camp' at Jasenovac relativises the horror of the death camp, the only camp which is documented to have existed in Jasenovac. Slavko Goldstein's book should be understood as a call to persevere in a documented struggle for the truth about the Jasenovac camp, but also as a call to the wider public, to all our citizens, to everyone active in public in Croatia, that this is the resistance point at which those trying to downplay the crime and the Jasenovac camp will break their teeth," said Ivica Djikic, editor in chief of the Serb National Council's "Novosti" weekly.
According to Goldstein, many falsifications, lies and inaccuracies continue to appear about Jasenovac, including Jakov Sedlar's recently premiered documentary, which he would not comment on.
Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic attended the book launch, telling Hina, "This is a very important topic and it's important to approach it in a serious and documentary manner free of any political provocation. As a historian, I can say that historiography does not allow the right to illusion."