Le Parc mémoriel de Šumarice (en serbe cyrillique : Меморијални парк Шумарице ; en sarbe latin : Memorijalni park Šumarice), encore appelé Parc mémorial du 21 octobre (Спомен парк 21. октобар ou Spomen park 21. oktobar), est situé à proximité de Kragujevac, au centre de la Serbie. Il a été établi sur le site du massacre par les nazis de 2 300 à 5 000 civils, principalement des Serbes et des Roms, des femmes et des enfants1,2 ; ce massacre, connu sous le nom de massacre de Kragujevac a eu lieu le 21 octobre 1941. Le parc a été créé en 19533 ; transportne kutije il couvre une superficie de 344 ha et a été dessiné par les architectes Mihajlo Mitrović et Radivoje Tomić3. Il est inscrit sur la liste des sites mémoriels d'importance exceptionnelle de la République de Serbie4.
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights. In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. Text by Steve Smith.