Holy Mass for the victims of World War II


A memorial service for all military and civilian victims of the Second World War was held on October 22nd in the parish church of St. John the Baptist in Travnik.

The Holy Mass was led by the parish priest of the faithful community of the Ascension of the Lord in Novi Travnik, rev. Marko Majstorović. Concelebrating with him were the parish priest from Podkraj, rev. Mario Oršolić, parish priest in Nova Bila, OFM Slavko Petrušić, and the dean of the Travnik deanery and the parish priest in Travnik, rev. Marko Mikić.

In the appropriate sermon, rev. Majstorović encouraged those present to pray for the innocent victims as often as possible and to learn from them their readiness to sacrifice.

The Holy Mass was attended by about 60 believers, mostly those whose ancestors and relatives were killed or disappeared in this area in the dark times of World War II and the postwar period.

After the service, those present went to the Old Hospital where they laid a wreath and flowers, and rev. Majstorović prayed for those killed.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that thousands of Croatian soldiers, wounded and civilians were killed at the site, there are no memorials. While those who killed erected a monument to “theirs”, those killed are still “on hold”.