Public lecture: Raid in South Bačka – a crime that does not become obsolete

We invite you to participate in the public lecture organized by the Roma Forum Serbia on the occasion of marking the 79th anniversary of the Novi Sad Raid.

The lecture will be held in an online format on Friday, January 22, 2021, starting at 3 p.m.

Please join the lecture via the following Zoom link:

The lecture will be led by Zoran Petakov, a historian from Novi Sad.

The lecture will be in Serbian language.

At the beginning of January 1942 in the villages of South Backa, the so-called Sajkaska, as well as in Novi Sad, a systematic pogrom of the non-Hungarian population was organized, primarily Serbs, Jews and Roma, but also Ruthenians, Slovaks and others, which is called the Raid. The victims were innocent civilian population, equally men, the elderly, women and children, all under the pretext of participating in the partisan fights. In this lecture, we will try to clarify several issues related to this event, which is one of the most tragic in the recent history of our peoples.

First of all, it is necessary to answer the question why in January 1942, Hungarian fascism shed a sea of ​​blood in the villages of Šajka and in Novi Sad. Who needed it? Who was the inspirer of this unheard of massacre and did the then civilian government participate in the implementation of this mass crime? In addition, we will answer the question of how the Hungarian public, the Hungarian people, and even the official Hungarian government reacted to these crimes. What happened to the criminals after the liberation from fascism and why and how this tragic date was marked in Yugoslavia and how it is marked today.

There have been attempts to nationalize this crime in the last two decades, while the number of victims was presented either increased or decreased many times over. That is why it is important to stick to historical truths and facts and fight against abuses of history of any kind.

May the crime never be forgotten and never repeated!

The lecture is supported by the German Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ)