The public institution Donja Gradina Memorial had 12,685 visitors in 2017, the institution said on Thursday.
“The majority of visits were in April when we had a series of activities in memory of the victims of the Jasenovac concentration camp and its biggest execution site Donja Gradina,” reads a press release.
To mark the event, the institution held a workshop for secondary school students from Kozarska Dubica and Prijedor and carried out a competition for best paintings and literary work on the topic of Jasenovac.
The Cultural Centre in Kozarska Dubica hosted a memorial academy, while Donja Gradina had a memorial and commemoration with 6,000 visitors including numerous local and foreign delegations.
In 2017, the Donja Gradina Memorial received visits from a delegation from Nizhny Novgorod headed by Bishop Augustine of Gorodetsky and Vetluzhsky, a State Department delegation for Holocaust Issues headed by Thomas Yazdgerdi, special envoy of the United Kingdom Government on Post-Holocaust Issues Eric Pickles, Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ambassador Jonathan Moore, the Kali Sara Roma association from Zagreb, children from Kosovo and Metohija, Sydney, Australia and others.
The Memorial also held an educational workshop for professors in cooperation with the Republika Srpska Education Institute and Memorial Centre Yad Vashem from Jerusalem.
The institution’s publishing activity in 2017 was expanded with two new works – Knjiga iz tisine /The Book from Silence/ by Tanja Tulekovic, and the third edition of the scientific journal Topola.
The publications were promoted during the international book fairs in Banjaluka and Belgrade.
The year 2017 saw the promotion of the book “Draksenic 1941-1945” in Vienna and Linz in Austria and the same work became part of the library collection of the Memorial Museum in Washington and Yad Vashem.
The library collection of the Donja Gradina Memorial has grown along with the publishing efforts.
It is a specialised collection of the total of 727 books – about the Second World War, Independent State of Croatia, Jasenovac, crime, genocide and Holocaust, which is available to other partners as well.
The institution continued its campaign of collecting the photographs, objects and documents through public calls as well as verbal testimonies, one of which was published in the third edition of Topola.