The great Croatian-American, Jerry Blaskovich passed away on 8 October. Born on 20 April 1934, Jerry was a humanist who served both the United States and Croatia. A Korean War veteran, he had studied medicine and was an Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Southern California.
In 1991, he travelled to Croatia, where his medical expertise was needed, and he was heavily involved in humanitarian work. He also worked on informing the world of the situation in Croatia by his media appearances, including CNN and his writing. In particular, he was involved in bringing to world attention the massacre of Croatian civilians by Serb forces in Vocin – in which he had a hand in the forensic investigation.
He wrote extensively on Croatia, and was the author of two books, Anatomy of Deceit and Croatia: Uncensored.
From a personal perspective, Jerry was one of the first contacts I…
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