The Associated Press
Published: November 27, 2006

JASENOVAC, Croatia: Massive glass walls bearing the names 70,000 World War II concentration camp prisoners — a quarter of them children — dominate a newly expanded memorial at Croatia’s infamous Jasenovac camp which opened Monday.

The ceremonial opening, attended by Croatian government officials and Jewish, Serb and Roma representatives — whose people suffered in the pro-Nazi Croat regime’s 40 WWII camps — marks another step in Croatia acknowledging its vicious past after years of seeking to justify it.

The memorial serves as a “lesson about what happens to people and peoples when they forget that no goal can justify the crime,” Prime Minister Ivo Sanader said. “Today’s Croatia does not want to stay silent about the dark pages of its past.”