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Efraim Zuroff of Wiesenthal Center's Israel Office Replies to Jared Israel

[January 17, 2007, updated May 10, 2009]


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Efraim Zuroff of the Israel office of the Wiesenthal Center has replied to points raised by TENC editor Jared Israel in "The Croatian Government’s Holocaust-Denying Exhibition at the Jasenovac Death Camp," which includes criticisms of Efraim Zuroff's "Ethnic hostilities prevent truth from being told about Jasenovac." (In case the link to Dr. Zuroff's article does not work, it is archived at
http://emperors-clothes.com/croatia/Writings_23.htm )

Efraim Zuroff's email is posted below.

Note added February 16, 2006: We have published three articles relevant to Efraim Zuroff's letter.

1) Regarding Zuroff's claim that Jared Israel miscomprehended Zuroff's article on the Croatian exhibition, see
http://emperors-clothes.com/croatia/denial.htm#misleads

2) Regarding Zuroff's claim that he has consistently opposed Croatian Holocaust denial, see Jared Israel's critique of Croatian President Mesic's speech at the Israeli Knesset and, by way of contrast, Zuroff's unequivocal endorsement of the speech.

3) Regarding Zuroff's statement, in his letter, posted below,  that "I do not think there is a single person who was more outspokenly critical of the new exhibition than I was," see the interview about the exhibit with Jasenovac-system survivor Smilja Tišma, published at
http://emperors-clothes.com/interviews/tisma.htm 

Note added May 10, 2009: For a general critique of Zuroff's stance, including: a) proof that, without any explanation, Zuroff reduced his stated estimate of the number of victims at Jasenovac by a full order of magnitude following the trial of Dinko Sakic in Croatia; b) quotes from Julija Kos, the librarian of the Jewish library in Zagreb, Croatia, who, as a member of the committee responsible for the Croatian exhibit, in an act of remarkable bravery, criticized the exhibit honestly and far more sharply than Zuroff, see Jared Israel's paper, “Reducing The Number Of Jasenovac Victims Means: ‘Building A Way For A New Ustashe.’” The paper begins on p. 95 of the Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Jasenovac.

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Zuroff's letter:

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reading comprehension

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From: Simon Wiesenthal Center-Israel Office <swc...@....il>
To: emperorsclothes@tenc.net
Cc: Jovan Culibrk <jcu...@....com>
Date: Sunday, January 14, 2007 08:26 am
Subject: reading comprehension

Dear Jared Israel,

Your article on the opening of the new exhibition at Jasenovac came to my attention and I have to admit that I am more than a bit perplexed by your extremely distorted presentation of my responses to the new exhibition.

I do not think that there is a single person who was more outspokenly critical of the new exhibition than I was in op-eds published both in the Croatian newsweekly Globus [and reprinted in the Serbian daily Politika ] and in JTA.

If there is anyone who has consistently opposed efforts in Croatia to whitewash Ustasha crimes and bring Ustasha criminals to justice, it is the Wiesenthal Center. Our efforts in the cases of Dinko Sakic, Milivoj Asner, and Ivo Rojnica speak for themselves.

For your information, even the leaders of the Jasenovac Committee of the Orthodox Bishops acknowledge that the number of victims at Jasenovac is still unknown, but cannot possibly be as high as the figure of 700,000.It obviously is higher than the figure quoted in the new exhibition but the question is by how much?That is a question which still remains to be answered and my op-ed in JTA called for an authorized answer to that important question.

Sincerely yours,
Dr.Efraim Zuroff
www.operationlastchance.org

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