14.07.2015

President Nikolic with director of the Jerusalem Office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Efraim Zuroff, director of the Jerusalem Office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, conferred on the realization of the project of transformation of the former Nazi concentration camp Staro Sajmiste into a memorial center.

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Efraim Zuroff, director of the Jerusalem Office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, conferred on the realization of the project of transformation of the former Nazi concentration camp Staro Sajmiste into a memorial center.

President Nikolic backed this project, stressing that Serbia needs to have a memorial complex dedicated to all Serb victims.

Zuroff said that he would like the Staro Sajmiste memorial complex to be put on the map of monuments to holocaust and genocide victims that everyone who comes to Serbia would see.

Nikolic and Zuroff agreed that aside from the monument, the Staro Sajmiste memorial complex should have a library with documentary archives and a youth education center, reads a statement issued by the Serbian president's press service.

This will be the place whose historic importance would contribute to consideration of the past and peaceful and more secure future for all people in the world, they stated.

The Staro Sajmiste, which was managed by the Nazi Independent State of Croatia from December 1941 to September 1944, was the place where 8,000 Jews and another 32,000 Serbs were killed, including several thousand members of the Partisan and Chetnik movements.