Vukasin of Klepci

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Little is known about Vukašin (Свети Вукашин из Клепаца), the Serb from Herzegovina. 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 arrested him and transported him, together with other Serbs of that region, into the notorious concentration camp of Jasenovac. After horrible days full of torturing, he was brought in front of an Ustasa who was supposed to execute him, but who said he would spare Vukasin's life if Vukasin cried loudly: "Long live our Head Ante Pavelic!". Vukašin replied calmly: "Child, you just do your job". Ustasa cut off his ear and repeated his request. Vukašin repeated his answer. Ustasa then cut off Vukašin's other ear and nose and scarred his face. The next body part was tongue. After repeating the request to Vukasin to utter the vicious words and hail the Head of Ustaše, Vukasin once again calmly replied: "Child, just do your job!". Distracted Ustaša 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)