April 23, 2012

Nancy Rossignol, Ambassador of Belgium in Zagreb

                       hoto: courtesy Belgian Embassy, Vladislava Iordanova
Nancy Rossignol is the Ambassador of Belgium in Zagreb, Croatia, shown here at an official ceremony commemorating the Holocaust at Jasenovac,  which is located approximately 120 kms from the capital.
Croatia commemorated yesterday the largest detention and work camp  (1941 – 1945) because it was on April 22, 1945 that out of 1073 prisoners, 600 broke out and barely 100 of them survived the breakout. The remaining 473 who did not attempt to escape were killed or burned, according to reports by Croatian television.
Since March of this year, Belgium is presiding the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education. Hence the important role of the Belgian Ambassador at the commemoration ceremonies. 


  1. Beautiful picture and I really appreciated the history lesson. Thanks, Anni.

  2. We must never forget the horror of the Holocaust! With so many of the leaders we have around the world today, I suspect that it's possible that it could happen again! Great post for the day, Anni!


  3. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. This camp and the breakout are new to me.
    The breakout on April 22, how sad, so near the end of the war.

  4. Hallo Anni
    Dat is een heel ingrijpende gebeurtenis geweest, die zeker niet vergeten mag worden.
    Groeten Bets

  5. Thanks Anni !

    I loved being at that special occasion and now others also can learn about it.

    Nancy Rossignol
    Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Croatia

  6. Je stond op wel heel dichtbij, Anni !

  7. Terrible, terrible times Anni, hopefully never to happen again!

  8. E' vero, i campi di concentramento in Germania sono sati più volte descritti e filmati, dimenticando che anche nelle restanti nazioni belligeranti ne esistevano di terribili. Ciao Anni ed a presto.

  9. Hi Judy and Dina, it is always interesting to learn what happened elsewhere. not so far from Belgium.

    Certainly hope not, Sylvia.. we do have watchdogs now, international organizations which did not exist in the 1940's.

    Inderdaad Bets

    Lies, de foto is niet van mij. Onderaan de foto staat verwijzing naar de auteur ervan.

    We agree, Gracie.

    Elio, è como dici...grazie per il tuo commento. E' vero devono non dimenticare le conseguenze della guerra in altri paesi.

  10. Thanks for posting this. We lit a candle this week to honor the victims of the holocaust. We do every year.. :(

  11. Our President spoke on the Holocaust today. Such a sad and horrific period of time. I've read many books on this, each one as bad if not worse than the one before. I just finished a memoir, Clara's War, One Girl's Story Of Survival. It was about a young Polish girl who was hidden by a German ethnic family during the Nazis occupation and how she and 17 others were hidden underground for 18 months in the most primitive conditions. One of the saddest books I have ever read!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Hallo Anni,
    Sommigen vinden het en cliché, maar ja: het mag nooit vergeten worden want anders herhaalt de geschiedenis zich maar al te vlug... Kijk maar wat de laatste decennia is gebeurd inzake volkermoorden!

  13. I knew about Jasenovac but I did not know there was a break out. I will have to investigate that and blog about it. Thank you for this post. Holocaust an genocide education and prevention is a topic that is very important to me.

  14. Kris, it is true that so much has been written about this but Clara's War sounds like a special book and well worth the read.

    Japolina, thanks for your visit and comment

    Ja, Frans, "terrifying"

    Emm, if the topic is important to you I am delighted that I was able to post a view from Croatia.

  15. Très important ce travail! Merci pour le partage!!! Bisousssssss

  16. het is gepast dit droevig feit te herdenken en te blijven herdenken...

    nooit meer oorlog, verklaarde men op het einde van WO II, klaarblijkelijk heeft men daar geen gepast gevolg aan gegeven...

    jammer toch !