Peres: Croatian WWII camp involved 'sadism'; Iran's president should visit it





Touring the site of Croatia's World War II concentration camp, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Sunday it was a demonstration of "sheer sadism" and that Iran's president, who has denied the Holocaust, should visit it.

Peres and Croatian President Ivo Josipovic toured Jasenovac, where a memorial honors about 85,000 of Jews, Serbs, Gypsies and anti-fascist Croats who died here in 1941-45 at the hands of Croatia's pro-Nazi regime. Thousands of people also were deported from Croatia to Nazi-run camps where they died.

Jasenovac, the worst of about 40 camps in Croatia at the time, didn't have a gas chamber. Inmates, including the elderly and children, were killed with guns, knives and hammers. Many were tortured or starved to death. About 30,000 Jews died in Croatia during the war, most of the Jewish community's prewar population....



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