RAJINA FOREST CASE: A CONSTRUCTED NARRATIVE AND HISTORIOGRAPHICAL REINTERPRETATION
Keywords:Second World War, Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Rajina’s Forest, war crimes, memory policies
The aim of the paper is to analyze and re-examine the characteristics, content, structure and transformation of the narrative related to the alleged mass crime and the shooting of hundreds of Serb citizens of Novi Sad in RaJina Forest by National Liberation Movement members after the liberation of the city in October 1944. Also, the story of the crime in Raja forest raises the research question of determining the total number of Serbs shot in Novi Sad after October 23, 1944, using relevant archival sources. In addition, the subject of the analysis is the specific reasons for passing certain death sentences and possible responsibility of liquidated persons for committing war crimes or other acts during the occupation of Backa and Novi Sad, as well as the site of Rajina Forest, the scene of war crimes in April 1941. when the Hungarian occupation army liquidated a large number of Novi Sad residents without guilt or trial.
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