October is a nice autumn month. There are a lot of events, grapes, apples, people celebrating home-made saints. But this month, in Serbia, it is the most painful, sadest one. Every October, Serbia cries for its ancestors, relatives, children …Rebellion of the Serbs against the German occupier was bloody punished. For one killed German, 100 Serbs were killed, and for one wounded, 50. On October 21, 1941, 7000 people were killed in Kragujevac. There were 270 children among the shootings. The youngest was 11 years old. After Kragujevac, several thousand people were killed in Kraljevo.
However, on October 14. in the village Draginac, near Loznica, the first major execution took place. Stojanka Djokic (85), one of the few survivors of the shooting. She found herself in front of the rifles when she was only eight years old.
“That day, the Germans appeared. They were trampling over the garden, and with their feet thrown around the fences, and then they gathered us together. Women cried, and begged them to let their children go, but German soldiers were implacable. I just heard a burst, and after a few seconds I saw a crowd of fallen people around me. I quickly lay over the corpse of a young man, and one German came and stood beside my legs. Those who cried, or gave the signs of life, shot from the gun. In this creepy place I was three days and three nights. Alone, among the corpses,,..
Stojanka was left without a mother, two brothers and two sisters. All the children were younger than her except one sister.
We must never forget the murder of innocent people, the broken young boys and girls with unrealized dreams, unfinished homework and untold stories. These crimes have become a symbol of all the suffering, and an inseparable part of collective consciousness, and the collective memory of the Serbian people.