UNIVERSAL VALUES, FRIENDSHIP, FREEDOM AND HOPE IN FOCUS OF THE 5TH FESTIVAL DAY

UNIVERSAL VALUES, FRIENDSHIP, FREEDOM AND HOPE IN FOCUS OF THE 5TH FESTIVAL DAY

12.04.2019.

The Round Table Discussion on Jasenovac once again drew attention to the truth about the horrific crimes committed in the Ustaša camp. The discussion was organized around the presentation of the book Jasenovac by Ivo Goldstein, which takes a humanist approach to the u atrocities of the camp and the regime that condemned Jews, Serbs, Roma, Croats and numerous others to death, whose faith is now the subject of numerous controversies. Goldstein was joined by historians Nataša Mataušić and Goran Hutinec as well as Seid Serdarović from the publishing house Fraktura, who reminded the audience of the importance of facing history and educating young people, which is unfortunately systematically ignored.

Thursday began with a lecture on the Majdanek Museum built on the foundations of the German death camp KL Lubin. Representatives of the museum, which is the first museum of martyrdom and the oldest memorial center dedicated to the victims of Nazism, presented students of primary and secondary schools as well as Police Academy cadets with the ways in which the museum is preserving the memory of the victims at this historical location. The Majdanek Museum is a state museum entrusted with dignified preservation of the memory of all victims of the camp, the restoration of barracks, gas chambers and crematoriums, the preservation of personal items of former prisoners, educational activities and the thorough care of the register of prisoners and victims, which includes Croats. Thursday also saw the screening of the film World Behind the WIre on the testimonies of former prisoners about everyday life in the concentration camp. Those present were reminded of universal human values such as friendship, love and hope, which have remained unchanged. The words most frequently uttered words in the camp were freedom, bread and mother, and the young audience was reminded of the importance of these words.

Thursday’s Tolerance Talk, entitled He’s a stud, but she’s a slut, concluded that society needs to do work harder on gender equality, which is unfortunately a universal issue. The panelists Višnja Ljubičić, Ombudswoman for Gender Equality, Aleksandar Štulhofer, Head of the Department of Sexology at the Zagreb School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Željka Jelavić from the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb, pointed out that every day women all over the world experience violence and that today women’s sexuality is a taboo topic.

The film program concluded with excellent films: the Mexican Good Girls and the Croatian premiere of the Danish film Cutterhead, starring Krešimir Mikić, who answered audience questions after the screening.

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