We should mention another manipulation with the results of anthropological research,
made by Dr. Vida Brodar and Dr. Ante Pogacnik from Ljubljana, and Dr. Srboljub Zivanovic
from Novi Sad, between June 22 and 27, 1964 in Jasenovac.
The TV show Porota (Jury) was broadcasted from Belgrade on November 13,1989. The
participants in the show were Dr. Milan Bulajic, Dr. Nikola Zivkovic, Dr. Vjenceslav
Glisic, Prof. R.Petrovic, and Mr. Antun Miletic from Belgrade and Zeljko Kruselj, Slavko
Goldstein, and myself from Zagreb. A section of the documentary "Jasenovac", by
Lordan Zafranovic, was shown as an introduction to the discussion. During the program, Dr.
Srboljub Zivanovic stated that the aforementioned commission calculated that in the
Jasenovac-Gradina area at least 700,000 victims were executed and that mass graves had
about 800 skeletons each. This program had an aim to prove that the field excavations
verified this number of victims, in front of a large TV audience. Since I was not
acquainted with the report of the anthropology team which carried out excavations at
Gradina, and I cannot say if other participants read that report, Dr. Zivanovic's claims
were received as authentic. This, of course, was the aim of the TV program.
However, when the Memorial Center at Jasenovac handed in that report, it showed that
the 32 page report, signed by all three anthropologists, did not contain such
calculations, or the number of 700,000. The report says that 7 mass graves were excavated,
with the following findings: grave 1 - 197 skeletons, grave 2 48 skeletons, grave 3 - only
2 skeletons, grave 4 - 8 skeletons, grave 5 - no data, grave 6 - 26 skeletons, and grave 7
- 3 skeletons.
No expert in anthropology, or any other science, could, on the basis of such a report,
come to the conclusion stated by Dr. Zivanovic. Although any reader of the report could
clearly see that Dr. Zivanovic's claim was fabricated, I decided to visit Ljubljana and
ask Dr. Vida Brodar (Dr. Pogacnik had died earlier) to tell me if she knew whether the
commission discussed and calculated the total number of victims possible at
Jasenovac-Gradina on some other meeting, which was not mentioned in the report. She wrote
in her testimony of April 11, 1990:
"I hereby declare that the anthropological team composed of Dr. Vida Brodar,
Dr. Anton Pogacnik, and Dr. Srboljub Zivanovic, which performed excavations at Gradina
near Jasenovac, between June 22 and 27, 1964, produced a 32 page report, describing every
significant detail of the excavations. I specifically declare that, apart from the
contents of the report our team never discussed or calculated the total number of victims
of the concen- tration camp Gradina-Jasenovac."
Had Dr. Zivanovic thought that Dr. Brodar was dead too, thus having no living witnesses
to the research or did he assume that the original report would never be subject of
investigation, remains a secret. However, it is unbelievable that a person with an
academic title could do something like that, just to satisfy somebody's pre- determined
The above display shows what has been undertaken to conceal the truth, that is, how
some data has been deliberately misused with the purpose of proving a larger number of
victims in Jasenovac, not only in order to denote the Ustashi crimes, but also to prove
the genocidal character of the entire Croatian nation.