Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today called upon the Serbian authorities to cancel or move a concert by the British rock group “Kosheen” scheduled for tomorrow on the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Sajmiste or “Judenlager Zemlin,” in which tens of thousands of Yugoslavs-Serbs, Jews, Gypsies and anti-fascist Croatians-were murdered during World War II. In a statement issued in Jerusalem by its chief Nazi-hunter, Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center urged the Serbian authorities to find a way to prevent what undoubtedly would be “a heartless insult to the memory of the victims of the Nazis and the Ustashe murdered in the camp.”
Zuroff noted that in his relatively-recent discussions with Serbian President Boris Tadic, the Serbian leader had expressed his desire to turn the grounds of the former concentration camp into a museum dedicated to the Holocaust, a plan warmly supported by the Wiesenthal Center which offered its assistance in the project. “The rock concert scheduled for tomorrow clearly shows how necessary the memorial project conceived by Presiednt Tadic truly is, and we urge the Serbian authorities to expedite its realization. At the same time, we want to remind the authorities in Belgrade that until the museum is completed, the honor and dignity of the victims of Sajmiste must be preserved and rock concerts on the site are not appropriate,” said Zuroff.
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