78 years since the massacre in Draculic: Then 2,500 Serbs were killed by the Ustashas, including 551 children
In the early morning of February 7, 1942, the Ustashas massacred Serbs in the villages of Drakulic, Motike, Sargovac and the Rakovac mine in Banja Luka.
A liturgy was held at the Memorial Temple of St. George the Great in Draculic on the occasion of 78 years since the Ustasha massacre of Serbs in that Banja Luka settlement, as well as in the nearby towns of Motika, Sargovac and the Rakovac mine.
Following the liturgy, a memorial service will be celebrated at the Drake Memorial Chapel in Draculic at 12 o’clock, after which wreaths and flowers will be laid. The Parastos of the slain Serbs will be served at 12.30 in the Memorial Temple of St. George the Great Martyr, and officials are scheduled to address it at 1 p.m. Slaughter in the early morning
In the early morning of February 7, 1942, the [Croatian Nazi] Ustashas massacred Serbs in the villages of Drakulic, Motike, Sargovac and the Rakovac mine in Banja Luka, and according to official data so far, at least 2,300 people were killed, including 551 children. Under the command of Lieutenant Josip Mislov and Fr. Vjekoslav Filipovic of the “Ante Pavelic’s Physical Association”, the Ustashas, with the help of Banja Luka Ustashas, killed Serbs without a single fired bullet – axes, knives and picks. The first memorial to the victims of this massacre was erected in 1965, and since 1991, a parastos has been served in the Drakulic settlement every first week before the anniversary of the casualty. The commemoration is organized by the Republika Srpska Government’s Committee to nurture the tradition of liberation wars.(Telegraf.rs / Srna) [Google translate]