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October is the month of sorrow in Serbia

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.

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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.

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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.


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    • The perpetrator of this crime was sentenced to death in Nuremberg. But this can not compensate for so many deaths of people and children. We will remember forever the crimes committed by the fascists against the Serbian people.

    • Thank you, Andrea. It’s been a long time, but this is not forgotten. It was worse for me when I went to the place where they were killed. In the museum, I saw pictures of executions, their last messages to the family, student uniforms …it remains in memory forever.

    • It was not just a day. The Germans killed throughout the month throughout Serbia. In July 1941, Serbs began to fight against the Germans. There were, of course, victims. Germans killed 100 Serbs for 1 killed German, and 50 Serbs for 1 wounded German. During October, more than 10,000 civilians were killed due to German vengeance. General Franz Friedrich Böhme was responsible for this massacre. He was tried in Nuremberg, as responsible for the massacre of thousands of Serb civilians. He committed suicide.

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      • So do I. I can never really understand any nation that does not want peace…
        I went to Israel with questions in early 1980s and came out with more questions…
        Both Arabs and Jews in themselves can be great people but they would not live peacefully with each other.
        Either one wins no peace…Like walking inside a petrol tank.
        So I am happy to live in the ends of the earth New Zealand. Not at war.
        I wish all the world peace from with and actual peace.
        A dream I suppose.

          • Its far more than religion, it stems from an old family argument from Issac and Ishmael. Plus so long ago this did that to me, therefore..
            Feuds go on for centuries. Why doesn’t mankind simply grow up?

    • Every time I go to a museum in Kragujevac, I cry. There are pictures of killing, and the latest messages from people, and children when they find out that they will be shot.There are also their personal belongings, student’s IDs, messages written on papers. Pictures of the site for killing are big, like posters. You can see the expressions of the face of the Germans, and the people leading to executions. Believe me, whoever once goes to see it, will never be able to forget.

  2. Oduvek su nas mrzeli i ubijali, silovali jer smo nebeski narod.
    Mali ali iznedrili svetske sampione, naucnike svetskog glasa, ostavili u nasledje kulturnu bastinu.
    A oni postali nacije osd doseljenika , robijasa, lopova zlocinaca koji su pobegli pred zakonom.
    KKoji su zatrli skoro sve starerosedeoce na amaerickom i Australijskom tlu.
    I dalje nas mrze, i dalje bi da nas bioloski uniste.
    Da li gleda bog odozgo?

    • For many years, the West has been showing hatred towards Slovenes and Orthodox faith. My people always suffered from them … Germany, Austria, even England … and today is the same. Bombing of Orthodox Serbia, kidnapping of part of the territory, Kosovo, various blackmailing requests, all in order that Serbia would formally recognize that Kosovo is independent. We will never give up our Kosovo. My Serbia has become here, and it will remain there.

  3. I cannot even imagine what your ancestors and other nationalities went through when they were in the throng of Nazi Germany. I understand though why a whole month is dedicated to them. It was a sad and cruel time I am sure.

    • It was then, and now it is. NATO bombed Serbia and killed 4,000 people in order to take away our holy land, our Kosovo. We lived under sanctions, we suffer various blackmail, they will not receive us in the EU, until we recognize that Kosovo is independent…This will never happen. We do not want to join the EU at that price.


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