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Genocide war criminal from ustasha concentration camp “Jasenovac”, Nada Sakic, stays unpunished in an elite Nursery home in Zagreb, Croatia.

Title: Executioner with a smile on her face,

Author: Vlada Arsic

“Press Magazine” 1 February, 2009, Belgrade


Nada Sakic, the most monstrous women killer from “Jasenovac” concentration camp spends her old age in Croatia. Even with numerous proofs, a court in Zagreb has acquitted her and thus has proven why it demanded her extradition in 1998, at the same time when the court in Belgrade wanted her. Why Serbia does not react today, and does not request extradition of one of the biggest murders of our people?

Justice is slow but reachable! Unfortunately, in case of Nada Sakic, a former warden of the women casemate in Satara Gradiska, half-sister of ustasha culprit Maks Luburic and wife of Dinko Sakic, commander of concentration camp of “Jasenovac”, the justice not only is not reached, but also has been ridiculed to great extent.

When in mid July of 1998, authorities of FR Yugoslavia demanded from Argentina her extradition, Republic of Croatia hurried with the same request. Unfortunately, it was proven that the Croatian request was not motivated by willingness to have trial to confirmed war criminal, but on the contrary, to protect her from extradition and announced trial in Yugoslavia. As soon as next year, District Court in Zagreb rejected all the evidences against Sakic, proclaimed her not guilty and set her free. Having in mind that this lady in certain age would not dare to return to Argentina (fearing that this country could extradite her, but this time to Yugoslavia), she stayed in Croatia, where she is taken care of up to day. Instead in prison, Nada Sakic enjoys all the privileges of a national hero and a meritorious citizen.

Horror… It is assessed that more than ten thousand children were murdered in Croatian labor camps.

And who is, in fact, Nada Esperanza Sakic, born Tambic? In his book “Jasenovac before the court”, Mr. Milan Bulajic PhD, expert Historian and a Lawyer states that she was born on August 4, 1926 in place Livno. Her mother was married to Ljubomir Luburic, father of one of the biggest ustasha murderer – Vjekoslav Maks Luburic, but after her husband’s death, she remarried to Jozo Tambic, whith whom she had three more children. Founder of death camp in Jasenovac, Maks Luburic brings his two half-sisters Zora in Nada in camps and in duty, and they soon prove to be worthy of their family name Luburic. In the women camp “Stara Gradiska”, in which almost 80,000 women and children were killed in only three years, Nada Tambic was one of the biggest malefactors.

She was only 16 when she came to the camp – former prisoners and survivors of the camp recall and add, – She was brunette, tall, beautiful and always in ustasha green uniform with belts, hand gun, and with knife in her boot. She often had a smile on her face, but it could fool only those who met her for the first time. She was always bloodthirsty, pathologically enjoyed in each brutal torture, and most often killed without any reason.

In the Museum of Genocide Victims in death camps „Stara Gradiska“ and “Jasenovac”, Nada Tambic-Sakic is identified by a photograph where she stands in ustasha uniform, together with the commander of the camp, Marija Maja Buzdon. And according to memories of detainees, together with Bozica Boradovic, they formed so called “black troika”, which boasted with most crimes perpetrated. In the State Commission investigation after liberation, it was determined without any doubt, that they perpetrated numerous murders and brutal tortures over detainees, and Maja Buzdon was sentenced to death. Unfortunately, Nada managed to escape from the country, emigrate to Argentina and evade responsibility for the committed crimes.

– She always had smile on her face and I was not afraid of her until once when she beat me with a horsewhip because I took part of the wall from hunger – remembers Ljiljana Ivanisevic, who was brought into camp as a child. – However, beating with horsewhip, pulling earrings from ears and beating with a bat were innocent sins compared to what this monster-women did every day.

Detainees recall that on one occasion, after prayer in a catholic church at the bottom of the camp, she was sitting on a park bench. In front of her, about twenty meters, a young detainee was cleaning leaves from the path. Without any motive, Nada draw a gun and killed her on the spot. Then she went back and sat as if nothing had happened.

Ljubomir Mihajlovic, one of rare surviving detainees from ustacha concentration camps in Sisak, Stara Gradiska and Jasenovac, witnesses that he personally saw Nada Sakic slaughtering one women detainee on the staircase of main entrance to Kula.

She went after her almost not interested, and then suddenly grabbed her by the hair with her left hand, and cut her throat with the right hand – remembers Mihajlovic. – After that, she „tightened“ herself a bit, combed her hair with a hand and continued to walk as if he did the most ordinary thing.



Nada Sakic with her best friend, Maja Buzdon, commander of women concentration camp in Stara Gradiska (left) and a photo from “Globus” magazine from this year.

Nada Sakic evaded justice, but the same can be said for her husband Dinko. Although half of a century after his crimes, former commander of Jasenovac was brought to justice, and although sentenced to 20 years in prison, many people will see this sentence as irony.

In 1998, Argentina extradited Sakic to Croatia, and in the following year, District Court in Zagreb adjudicated him for war crimes He was found guilty, being in a capacity of the commander who ordered and carried tortures and murders of detainees, and did not prevent or punish crimes committed by ustashas. He was sentenced also for shooting from his own gun and killing four detainees and for ordering 22 hangings of civilians.

Although a little can be objected to Sakic’s sentence, his convict days, and especially death, and the way he was buried at the Zagreb cemetery “Mirogoj”, are still object of lot of controversies. That is, he served sentence in prison of Lepoglava, in a cell with high comfort, with a TV set and a PC, in order to be able to write memoirs. He was given right to leave prison several times a month and to see his wife, and when his health was poor, he was transferred to “Dubrava” hospital. After his death, he was born in ustasha wardrobe, with all the honors of the Catholic Church and honors of his followers.


State attorney in Zagreb, Radovan Santek, at one time denied that „Simon Visental“ Center had submitted testimonies of witnesses as seeing Nada Sakic in killing detainees. Apart from that, neither official Belgrade submitted material that would accuse the defendant, nor anyone from Serbia replied to the call for hearing sent by investigative judges of District Court – said Santek, after release of Sakic. However, Efraim Zourf, Director of the Center, claimed that Zagreb received all the exhibits which certainly, was sufficient to prove her guilt.

His wife, partner and ideological follower, had even better luck. After three months of investigation, District state attorney office concluded that there are no evidences against Nada Sakic, and she was released.

Having in mind that the suspect could not return home and that she was of modest material status, Croatian state took over the obligation to take care of her and to place her in nursing home. It was yet another slap in the face of truth and justice.

– I feel great; justice has prevailed. I am happy that I came to my country, which was my greatest desire. I will stay in Zagreb until my husband is released – Nada said after leaving detention center.

After seeing free Sakic, „a beautiful woman and big monster“ on TV, Jovanka Aleksic-Bobic, a captured partisan girl from Kozara, saw her long buried past before her eyes.

– There were lots of mothers with their small children in “Stara Gradiska”. Children were taken away, and Nada Luburic used to dress them in ustasha uniforms and forced them to sing along: “We are little children, all real ustashas, and for Croatia, we shall give our lives.“ Those were Serbian children that were sent to Germany. Even today I remember the scene when mothers are yelling, hitting their chests and run behind the leaving train. Most persistent mothers, I recall very well, were stopped by Nada Sakic and her knife and bayonet. I am ready to testify about all, but it is obvious that no one cares any more,

said Jovanka

Eine Antwort

  1. Great, thanks! ^_^

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