In addition to the Huffington Post letter, I wrote a letter to an old acquaintance after the recent Jerusalem Post article ran (re Pope Francis stalling Cardinal Stepinac’s sainthood). It follows below.

Dear Dimitri,

In 2010, after my Jerusalem Post article about WWII Croatia, you sent me a 23-page paper on Cardinal Stepinac by a Croatian Jewish woman [Ester Gitman]. While you never heard back from me, I did read the entire pro-Stepinac work. Which was written by someone who was understandably eternally grateful to Stepinac for what he did for some Croatian Jews to help them survive WWII.

The reason you never heard back from me is that I started an email to you, but it kept growing and growing, until it became a monstrosity that required a lot of time and attention. I promised myself I’d get back to it as soon as I could make the time. Well, I never found the time, and only kept adding to it over the years. The email still sits in my “drafts” folder.

To remind you, in your email you wrote the words, “I think you’ve been deceived.” Leaving aside the little credit this gives me — someone whose writings you respected as they were in line with your perspective on all the usual issues — you meant, presumably, deceived by the Serbian Orthodox.

That would be the side whose history has been suppressed for 70+ years, while their slaughterers got to write the history of the region for the ever gullible West, and today enjoy mainstream acceptance including EU membership, while their demonized eternal victims, the Serbs, still await accession. (Though you and I, as conservatives and Euroskeptics, know that’s a blessing in disguise.)

The reason I’m writing you — briefly for now — is that while the unfinished 2010 email still awaits my attention, I thought the J-Post article below by a Croatian journalist would be a good start for you as a compass. Perhaps after reading it you might at least begin to reevaluate who really has been deceived here: Me, or — like the rest of the world — you.

Regardless, I hope you’re thriving in life. Certainly more than some almost-been who’s allowed her life to be ruined for noticing the greatest collective injustice in the history of the world. Which somehow still remains invisible to most.

Yours,
Julia