Jewish group condemns burial of WW II concentration camp commander

July 29, 2008 19:49

A Jewish human rights organization called on Croatia's president Tuesday to condemn the organizers of a funeral for a former concentration camp commander, saying it was turned into a celebration of his crimes. Dinko Sakic's funeral was an "outrageous display of unrepentant racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia," the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Israeli branch director Efraim Zuroff said in a letter addressed to President Stipe Mesic and faxed to The Associated Press. Sakic died at age 87 on July 20 while serving 20 years in prison for war crimes he committed while heading the infamous Jasenovac camp, the worst of about 40 camps ran by the then Nazi puppet regime of Croatia. Mesic said in a statement that he had repeatedly condemned Nazi crimes, including Sakic's. He said the funeral was used to glorify the World War II regime and expected the relevant authorities to investigate the case.

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