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Vukasin of Klepci

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{{english}}Little is known about Holy Vukašin of Klepci (in serbian: Свети Вукашин из Клепаца), the Serb and Orthodox Christian from Herzegovina[Bosnia and Herzegovina is a state where three nations live: Bosniaks (Muslims), Serbs (Orthodox Christians) and Croatians (Roman Catholics) ]. Nevertheless, what we know today about him is the essence of the following event. He was born in the village of Klepci, in Herzegovina, at the end of the last or at the beginning of this century. At the beginning of World War II, the Ustase croatian national army called Ustashe (took Hitler`s side during WW2) arrested him and transported him, together with other Serbs of that region, into the notorious concentration camp of Jasenovac(estimated number of victims goes to 700 000 and more). After horrible days full of torturing, he was brought in front of an Ustasa Ustashe`s soldier who was supposed to execute him, but who said he would spare his (Vukasin's ) life if Vukasin cried loudly: "Long live our Head Ante Pavelic!". Ante Pavelic was the leader of Ustashe. Vukašin who saw a knife in the hands of the soldier, replied calmly: "ChildMy child, you just do your jobwhat you must", and refused to obey soldier`s request. Ustasa The soldier of Ustashe swayed his knife, cut off his Vukašin`s ear and repeated his request. Vukašin repeated his answer. Ustasa The soldier then cut off Vukašin's other ear and , then nose and , then scarred his Vukašin`s face. The next body part was tongue. After repeating the request to Vukasin to utter the vicious words and hail the Head of Ustaše(Ante Pavelic), Vukasin once again calmly replied: "ChildMy child, just you do your job!what you must". Distracted Ustaša soldier eventually killed him, and afterwards went mad.At the regular session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1998, Vukašin from the Klepci village was entered into the List of Names of the Serbian Orthodox Church as the Martyr. His feast day is May 16 (Julian Calendar).
[[Category:Serbian Saints]]

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