Rebuttal to Seb Starcevic’s Rant Claiming Croatian Celebration of Fascism in Australia // Croatia, the War

Seb Starcevic’s article is an example that evidences the fact that we still do not live in a post-truth world and never have. On the contrary, we live in a pre-truth world where truth is yet to arrive.

Seb Starcevic’s article “In Australia, some Croats openly celebrate fascism,” published on Balkaninsight portal on 10th September 2019 presents to the public a point on the continuum of vicious Serb anti-Croat propaganda, often weaved with tangents of malicious historical lies and allegations of some sort of terrorism and fascism being alive and kicking within the Australian Croatian community. Apart from the evidently calculated intention to inflict damage to the reputation of the Croatian people in Australia, even though he uses the phrase “some Australian Croats”, it does seem that the article was also written in order to throw the truth-seeking scent off the current historical research in Croatia that has the capacity of debunking the Serb-led propaganda about WWII Jasenovac camp in Croatia. Sonja Biserko a Serbian campaigner for human rights, the founder and president of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia stated in recent years that the Serbian history is based on lies and myths and so it is of no surprise that the maintenance of such history has been transported into Australia by those of Serb extraction.

Starcevic opens his article saying that in Sydney’s western suburbs a Croatian club flies two flags: Australian and the flag of the WWII Independent State of Croatia/NDH. Contrary to innuendo in Starcevic’s article suggesting some criminal activity he attempts to associate with this flag, Australian law does not prohibit the NDH flag on its soil and it is not unlawful to fly similar flags of legitimate historical states or states who fought for independence but did not succeed in their fight. Starcevic would perhaps like the public to think that by flying the NDH flag some sort of soft fascism, if not fully blown fascism in practice is at the core of it! Nothing could be further from the truth. While in his article Starcevic calls WWII Croatia a Nazi puppet state he omits to say that Serbia was one also and that WWII flag of Serbia is also raised at some Serbian clubs and Chetnik organisations in the diaspora (and that flag represents Milan Nedic’s and Serb Chetnik’s fight against communists in collaboration with the Nazis, responsible for the first Jew-free country in WWII Europe). The important thing about the NDH flag raised at the club Starcevic writes about is that it is the flag that represents Croatia’s struggle for independence and, given the horrific times of the 20th century that struggle occurred in, one can with regret say that there were crimes committed by members on all sides but not by the majority of members of the independence movements. And that is a historical fact.

Then, in a malicious attempt to paint the Australian Croats as terrorists, his article goes into telling the public about Dr Kristy Campion’s historical terrorism research that also delves into Croatian Ustasha activities in Australia in the 1960’s and the 1970’s. He conveniently omits to also refer to modern day facts as found after the release to the public of relevant Commonwealth of Australia Archives a few years back that are said to have revealed a collaboration between secret services – parts of Australian ASIO and Yugoslav (read Serb) UDBA – which can be associated with the framing of Croatian immigrants for planning terrorist activities. Starcevic further omits to mention that in Campion’s bibliography there is a significant reference to “Alleged Croatian Terrorist Organisation” and NOT “Croatian Terrorist Organisation” (PDF). It would seem too much to expect that Starcevic would even consider the truth or a possible truth about Australian Croats given that such truth shows up his writings as nothing more than blatant hate speech.

After referring to a former Croatian Foreign Minister and former Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor as having said that no one should dismiss the crimes of the WWII Ustashe regime Starcevic goes on to say: “…But that didn’t stop Australia’s Croatian community from hosting an assortment of far-right figures in 2018, including journalist Igor Vukic and Croatian politician Zeljko Glasnovic, who have downplayed the crimes of the Ustasa regime. In a speaking tour called ‘Croatia Uncensored’, Vukic, Glasnovic and others visited Croatian clubs around Australia to discuss a variety of controversial topics, including the ‘the myth and lies of Jasenovac’, a concentration camp established by the Ustasa in WWII. The number of those who perished in the camp is regularly disputed by right-wing politicians and commentators in Croatia.” The fact is that the claimed and estimated numbers of those perished in Jasenovac range from the ludicrous and physically impossible 1 million, to some 40,000, and these numbers do not come from right-wing politicians so why wouldn’t the right-wing politicians, or any politician for that matter, go about disputing the numbers! In fact, and for the truth’s sake, it is desirable to dispute them and delve into research to come to the truth.

While Starcevic omits to corroborate with verifiable references his generalised claims that Vukic, Glasnovic etc “have downplayed the crimes of Ustasa,” one would expect from a journalist making such claims to provide in the same article some evidence or corroboration for his claims that during the “Croatia Uncensored” speaking tour in Australia there was “downplaying of the crimes of the Ustasha regime” as well as to the claim that research into Jasenovac camp constitutes a controversial topic! Since when do attempts to find the truth through historical research constitute a controversy? Or are we dealing here with possible fear in Starcevic and those like him that Serb propaganda will eventually be proven a lie, scientifically and factually?

How deplorable it is for a journalist to write about two historical researchers (Kristy Campion and Igor Vukic) in the same article and in that same article label one of the researchers (the one who researched Croatian Ustashe of late 1960’s and 1970’s/Campion) with credibility and the other (researching historical documentation and archives on WWII Jasenovac) as being controversial! It would seem that Starcevic would ignore the integrity of fact-based historical research on WWII Croatia if it bit him on the back side.

From Left: Zeljko Glasnovic, Josip Jurcevic, Tom Sunic, Igor Vukic
Croatia Uncensored tour 2018

Furthermore, as one of the organisers of the 2018 “Croatia Uncensored” talking tour in Australia I can confirm that the tour was organised in order to raise Croatian public discussion on existing barriers in Croatia preventing the development of a fully functional democracy and to give support to the various scientific historical research endeavours, such as Vukic’s, that aim to present verifiable historical facts on the victims of Jasenvac camp. If Vukic is to be called by derogatory names and insulted as Starcevic does in his article, for attempting to break the myth and lies about Jasenovac then that name-calling talks about Starcevic more than what it does about Vukic. Vukic’s research (and research of others on the same issue) is particularly relevant given the rampant and wild estimates of victims that allegedly perished in WWII Jasenovac camp at the hands of Ustashe that keep the world ill-informed and Croats generally vilified. The historical fact in pursuits of the truth is that Jasenovac remained open until 1953 and that it was used for post-WWII communist purges. Surely to reach a post-truth existence one needs to confirm by documentary and testimonial research what was what! It is a fact that research into Jasenovac camp has been alarmingly non-existent, scarce or inadequate during the decades of communist Yugoslavia regime. Why would anyone want to stop or thwart any research into history – regardless of the outcome of such research!?

Starcevic goes further in his attempt to vilify Australian Croatians by saying that several clubs pay tribute to convicted war criminals such as Slobodan Praljak and Dario Kordic but fails miserably to tell his readers that the conviction in the Hague rested upon some political support or “chain of command responsibility” and no evidence was presented to the court that, for instance, Kordic ever ordered any killings. Hearsay evidence and political constructs reportedly played a significant part in court judgments and Praljak committed suicide in the Hague courtroom as judgment against him was pronounced – maintaining his innocence of crimes the court had convicted him of. Given that fact, and given the professionally reported political weight weaved into the very indictments and judgments that saw these two Croats convicted of war crimes in the Hague, who personally committed no crimes, one would think that if someone decides to hail as heroes these two men then that someone is not guided by some Croatian nationalistic creed but by the very perceptions that justifiably enter a human mind upon such occasions and circumstances. The democracy we live in cherishes personal opinions as a given right but frowns upon opinions designed to vilify entire communities as Starcevic appears to be doing.

Starcevic says further in his article: “In recent years, this rhetoric has escalated to anti-Serb vandalism and death threats. In 2016, a Serbian Orthodox church in Geelong was vandalised with the Ustasa logo, swastikas and fascist slogans such as ‘the only good Serb is a dead Serb’…” For the first time, ever, through this article written by Starcevic the Australian Croats are associated with the said vandalism! Unless Seb Starcevic knows the facts as to who the perpetrator/s of this criminal vandalism was/were but failed to publish the details in his article, then only one conclusion is possible: Seb Starcevic is on the bandwagon of the propaganda whose only aim is to vilify Croats; to spread hatred and hate speech. That is absolutely unacceptable and utterly un-Australian! Besides, how can anyone tell that it may not have been an Australian Serb who committed that vandalism on the Orthodox church in Geelong? Why write about this act of vandalism in this article about Australian Croats? Certainly, to my knowledge, no one had been arrested for or charged with that crime, Croat or otherwise. The idea that it could have been a Serb who vandalised the church with Ustasha logo is not far-fetched when we know that the Australian Serb Vitomir Misimovic infiltrated in the 1970’s the Australian Croatian community pretending to be a Croat named Vico Virkez only to frame and falsify his court testimony against the so-called Croatian Six for terrorism. We know that those Croats were convicted of attempted terrorism, we know they served jail sentences for it, but we also now know that they were framed by no other than Australian Serbs, Yugoslav (Serb) Secret Police UDBA.

Starcevic’s viciously malicious intent to vilify Croats through innuendo is also palpable in the following paragraph of his said article: “On Tuesday, a Sydney resident named Ivan – who is Croatian – tweeted about seeing a man on a train with an Ustasa tattoo on his leg. Ivan told BIRN the man looked to be in his early twenties and was wearing shorts that exposed the Ustasa logo on the back of one of his calves,” writes Starcevic. Well Mr Starcevic can you or BIRN please ask that “Sydney resident Ivan” whether the man on the train with Ustasa tattoo on his leg is actually of Croatian extraction! Guess what Mr Starcevic – Prince Harry wore a Swastika on his sleeve in public only a few years ago! Ina Vukic

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Petition For Croatian Emigrant Museum – Sign It Please! // Croatia, the War, and the Future

THE PETITION TEXT BELOW IN ENGLISH, CROATIAN, SPANISH and GERMAN. YOUR PARTICIPATION IS MOST APPRECIATED! THANK YOU!

PETITION

We Croatians from all five continents, as well as our families and relatives in the Republic of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, have decided to assist the Homeland Croatia with an extremely valuable cultural, scientific, tourism and economic project under the working name of the Croatian Emigrant Museum, which we plan to accomplish in the largest Croatia port – in Rijeka.We ask you to take this two-decade-old initiative (see: http://www.klub-susacana.hr/revija/clanak.asp?Num=66-67&C=4,https://www.bib.irb.hr/897764,as well as https://mojahrvatska.vecernji.hr/price/zasto-hrvatska-jos-uvijek-nema-iseljenicki-muzej-1073436) and convert it, with our wholehearted support, into a monument of the joint struggle for free, independent and sovereign State of Croatia and a place of expression, preservation and collective memory of the generations of Croatians who had to emigrate to foreign lands where, with their knowledge, talent and diligence, they have for decades contributed to the development and all-round heritage of humanity.

Therefore, we invite you to accept the project Croatian Emigrant Museum in Rijeka – which we unreservedly consider as a project of special national importance, as a basis for a stronger and more efficient connection of Croatians outside Croatia with their homeland – to form a special working body to whom we will present our project based on the principle of parity of representatives of Croatians from outside the Republic of Croatia, and to work together on a plan of activities, construction of financial sources, collection of material and other necessary duties and tasks.

The Croatian Emigrant Museum in Rijeka is based on an initiative and study presented by Tuga Tarle in 2002 to the public and to the Mayor of the City of Rijeka, Vojko Obersnel, and to the then Minister of Culture, Božo Biškupić, from whom she received written support. Rijeka is not a random choice given the city’s geo-strategic location, cultural heritage, rich natural hinterland and proximity to the islands, the symbolic significance of the border and port, the historical experience of migrants and the preserved and unused space of Austro-Hungarian heritage (port warehouses). As such, Rijeka is an ideal meeting place for Croatians outside Croatia, homeland Croatians and foreigners – a symbolic joint Croatian House!

We, the undersigned, are ready to assist in the realization of the Croatian EmigrantMuseum in Rijeka, to the best of our ability, and we expect you to take full responsibility for the implementation of this project of national importance.

Link for petition

https://www.citizengo.org/hr/signit/173155/view

PETICIJA

Mi, Hrvati sa svih pet kontinenata, kao i naše obitelji i rođaci u Repblici Hrvatskoj iBosni i Hercegovini, odlučili smo pomoći Domovini Hrvatskoj  jednim iznimno vrijednim kulturno-znanstvenim, turističkim i gospodarskim projektom pod radnim nazivom Hrvatski iseljenički muzejkoji planiramo ostvariti u najvećoj hrvatskoj luci – u Rijeci. Od vas tražimo da ovu dva desetljeća staru inicijativu (pogledajte: http://www.klub-susacana.hr/revija/clanak.asp?Num=66-67&C=4, https://www.bib.irb.hr/897764 kao i https://mojahrvatska.vecernji.hr/price/zasto-hrvatska-jos-uvijek-nema-iseljenicki-muzej-1073436), uz našu svesrdnu potporu, pretočimo u djelo kao spomenik zajedničkoj borbi za slobodnu, neovisnu i suverenu državu Hrvatskui mjesto izražavanja, čuvanja i kolektivnog sjećanja na naraštaje Hrvata koji su morali odlaziti u svijet gdje svojim znanjem, talentom i marljivošću desetljećima pridonose razvoju i svekolikoj baštini čovječanstva.

Stoga vas pozivamo da prihvatite projekt Hrvatski iseljenički muzej u Rijeci – koji bezrezrevno ističemo kao projekt osobitog nacionalnog značaja, kao temelj za čvršće i učinkovitije povezivanje Hrvata izvan Hrvatske s domovinom Hrvatskom, da sastavite posebno radno tijelo kojemućemo naš projekt predstaviti -da u to tijelo imenujetepo načelu pariteta predstavnike Hrvata izvan Republike Hrvatske i dazajedno razradimo plan aktivnosti, konstrukciju financijskih izvora, prikupljanje građe i ostalih potrebnih poslova i zadataka.

Hrvatski iseljeničkimuzeju Rijeci temelji sena inicijativi i elaboratu koji je Tuga Tarle 2002. godine predstavila javnosti i gradonačelniku Grada RijekeVojku Obersnelu te tadašnjem ministru kulture Boži Biškupiću od kojih je dobila pismenu podršku. Rijeka nije slučajan odabir s obzirom na geo-strateški položaj grada, kulturno nasljeđe, bogato prirodno zaleđe i blizinu otoka, simbolično značenje granice i luke, povijesno iskustvo selilaca i očuvan, a neiskorišten prostor austrougarske baštine (lučka skladišta). Kao takva Rijeka je idealan prostor za susretišteHrvata izvan Hrvatske, domovinskih Hrvata njihove rodbine i stranaca – simbločan zajednički Hrvatski Dom!

Mi niže potpisani spremni smo, sukladno svojim mogućnostima, pomagati u ostvarenju Hrvatskog iseljeničkog muzeja u Rijeci, a od vas očekujemo da preuzmete punu odgovornost za realizaciju ovog projekta od općenacionalnog značaja.

Link za potpisivanje peticije

https://www.citizengo.org/hr/signit/173155/view

PETICIÓN

Nosotros, croatas de los cinco continentes, así como nuestras familias y parientes en la República de Croacia y Bosnia y Herzegovina, hemos decidido ayudar a la Patria Croacia con un proyecto cultural, científico, turístico y económico extremadamente valioso bajo el nombre en funcionamiento del Museo de Emigrantes Croatas, lo cual planeamos construir en el puerto mayor de la costa croata de adriatico, en la ciudad de Rijeka. Le pedimos que acepte esta iniciativa que existe casi dos décadas, la que soportamos con plena seriedad y con nuestra ayuda incondicional (ver: http://www.klub-susacana.hr/revija/clanak.asp?Num=66-67&C=4, https://www.bib.irb.hr/ 897764 y https://mojahrvatska.vecernji.hr/price/zasto-hrvatska-jos-uvijek-nema-iseljenicki-muzej-1073436 también). Vajamos convertir lo juntos en un monumento a la lucha por un estadode de Croacia  libre, independiente y soberano, un lugar de representación, preservación y memoria colectiva de las generaciones de croatas que tuvieron que salir de su tierra natal y a través de su conocimiento, talento y diligencia sigen contribuyendo al desarrollo y patrimonio integral de la humanidad.

Por lo tanto, lo invitamos a aceptar el proyecto del Museo de emigrantes croatas en Rijeka, que sin reservas destacamos como un proyecto de especial importancia nacional, como base para una conexión más fuerte y más eficiente de los croatas fuera de Croacia con su tierra natal. Lo invitamos a formar un cuerpo especial de trabajo sobre el principio de paridad con los representantes de los croatas de fuera de la República de Croacia a quien presentaremos nuestro proyecto y trabajaremos juntos para desarrollar un plan de actividades, construcción de fuentes financieras, recolección de materiales y en resolver otros pasos y tareas necesarios.

El Museo de Emigrantes croatas en Rijeka se basa en una iniciativa y estudio presentado por Tuga Tarle en 2002 al público y al alcalde de la ciudad de Rijeka, Vojko Obersnel, y al entonces ministro de Cultura, Božo Biškupić, de quienes recibió respaldo  por escrito. Rijeka no es una elección aleatoria. Dada la ubicación geoestratégica de la ciudad, el patrimonio cultural, el rico exterior natural y la proximidad a las islas, el significado simbólico de la frontera y el puerto, la experiencia histórica de los migrantes y el espacio preservado y no utilizado del patrimonio austrohúngaro (almacenes portuarios), Rijeka es un lugar de encuentro ideal para croatas que viven fuera de Croacia, los domesticos y extranjeros, ¡un simbólico hogar croata conjunto!

Nosotros, los abajo firmantes, estamos listos para ayudar en la realización del Museo Emigrante Croata en Rijeka, lo mejor que podamos, y esperamos que asuman la responsabilidad total de la implementación de este proyecto de importancia nacional.

Lazo para peticion:

https://www.citizengo.org/hr/signit/173155/view

PETITION

Wir Kroaten auf allen fünf Kontinenten verstreut, sowie unsere Familien und Verwandten in der Republik Kroatien und Bosnien und Herzegowina haben beschlossen, dem Heimatland Kroatien zu helfen. Mit einem äußerst kulturell  wertvollen, wissenschaftlichen, touristischen und wirtschaftlichen Projekt unter dem Arbeitsnamen „Croatian EmigrantMuseum“, die wir im größten kroatischen Hafen – Rijeka –  errichten wollen.Von Ihnen suchen wir diese zwei Jahrzehnte alte Initiative (siehe:http://www.klub-susacana.hr/revija/clanak.asp?Num=66-67&C=4, https://www.bib.irb.hr/897764 kao i https://mojahrvatska.vecernji.hr/price/zasto-hrvatska-jos-uvijek-nema-iseljenicki-muzej-1073436). Mit ganzem herzen wollen wir uns an einem Denkmal beteilingen, für den gemeinsamen Kampf für die Freiheit, einen unabhängiger und souveräner Staat Kroatiens, einem Ort der freien Meinungsäußerung, des Schutzes und der Sicherheit.Für eine kollektive Erinnerung an Generationen von Kroaten, die die Welt verlassen mussten wo sie durch ihr Wissen, Talent und Fleiß seit Jahrzehnten beitragen, die Entwicklung und das universelle Erbe der Menschheit voranzutreiben.Wir laden Sie daher ein, das Projekt „Croatian Emigrant Museum“ in Rijeka anzunehmen – wobei wir darauf himweisen wollen, dass das Projekt als besonderes wichtig für die nationale Identität einzustufen ist, als Grundlage für eine stärkere und effektivere Verbindung der Kroaten in der Diaspora mit Ihrem Heimatland. Wir fordern Sie auf eine spezielle Abteilung einzurichten, dem wir unser unser Projekt vorstellen können – in dieser Abteilung sollte grundsätzlich Pratiät herrschen, zwischen den Kroaten in Kroatien und in der Diaspora.

Gleichzeitig sollte die Entwicklung eines Aktivitätsplans, der Aufbau von Finanzquellen, Sammlung von Ausstellungsstücken und andere notwendige Aufgaben vergeben werden.

Die Idee des kroatischen Auswanderermuseums von Rijeka basiert auf der Initiative und Ausarbeitung von Tuga Tarle und wurde der Öffentlichkeit, dem Bürgermeister der Stadt Rijeka Vojko Obersnel und dann Kulturminister Božo Biškupić, die Ihre schriftliche Unterstützung zusicherten, 2002 vorgestellt. Rijeka ist keine zufällige Wahl, die geostrategische Lage der Stadt, das kulturelles Erbe, das reiches und ursprüngliche Hinterland und die Nähe zu Inseln, die symbolische Bedeutung der Grenze und des Hafens, historische Erfahrung mit Migranten und das erhaltene des ungenutzte Raumes des österreichisch – ungarischen Erbes (Hafen Lager).  Rijeka ist daher der ideale Treffpunkt für Kroaten im Freien Kroatien, der einheimischen Kroaten ihrer Verwandten und der Diaspora – ein symbolisch gemeinsames kroatisches Heim! Wir, die Unterzeichneten, sind bereit, nach besten Kräften zu helfen in der Realisierung des kroatischen Auswanderermuseums in Rijeka, und wir erwarten von Ihnen die volle Unterstützung für die Realisierung dieses Projektes von nationaler Bedeutung.

Wir, die Unterzeichneten, sind bereit, bei der Realisierung des kroatischen Auswanderermuseums in Rijeka nach besten Kräften behilflich zu sein, und wir erwarten, dass Sie die volle Verantwortung für die Durchführung dieses Projekts von nationaler Bedeutung übernehmen.

Link für die Petition:

https://www.citizengo.org/hr/signit/173155/view

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Serbia Made Itself Jew-Free, Croatia Did Not! // Croatia, the War, and the Future

Antisemitic postage stamps in Serbia 1941-1945

Simone Weil (French philosopher and political activist) said in her book The Need for Roots: prelude towards a declaration of duties towards mankind (Routledge and Paul, 1952) that truth is “a need of the soul”. She went on to say: “The need for truth is a need more sacred than any other need. Yet it is never mentioned. One feels afraid to read once one has realised the quantity and monstrousness of the material falsehoods paraded in even the books of the most reputable authors. Thereafter one reads as though one were drinking from a contaminated well.” The days Weil lived in are those we live in and have lived for decades, where politics get in the way of the truth, of facts and the duties to humanity often take a back seat.

Serbia has with Efraim Zuroff’s (head of Jerusalem branch of Simon Wiesenthal Center) conspicuous help managed to exculpate itself and Serbs from the horrendous crimes committed by WWII Milan Nedic government and Draza Mihajlovic’s Chetniks, said recently Dr Esther Gitman, a USA and Israel based historian.

Two things have prompted me to write this article. The first is Efraim Zuroff’s recent tantrum published in Serbia’s Kurir that the plaque dedicated to Blessed Alojzije Stepinac fixed along the Sorrowful Way (Via Dolorosa) in Jerusalem should be torn down because according to Zuroff Stepinac’s plaque belongs nowhere in the world and that he would act in getting it removed (despite the very truth and fact that research since year 2000 by Dr Esther Gitman has yielded copious amount of historical documentation that shows beyond reasonable doubt that Stepinac in fact played a leading role in rescuing Jews and other ethnic groups during WWII Croatia).

Antisemitic poster in Serbia 1941-1942
“Who will be heaviest? No one!
Because the Jew holds the scale ” !

On publicly commenting Prime Minister Netanyahu’s trip to Ukraine last week, taken to be a yet another opportunity to assess Israel’s relations with the post-Communist new democracies of Eastern Europe, and especially those with a Holocaust past of participation in the systematic mass murder of Jews, Zuroff took the opportunity to say that Ukraine in recent years has been one of the worst offenders in terms of distorting the history of the Holocaust, and glorifying individuals who collaborated with the Nazis in implementing the Final Solution.

This would be fine were it not true that Zuroff takes it upon himself to help Serbia distort the history of the Holocaust. We read in the news that Serbia is planning to adopt a law to create a memorial centre in Belgrade for tens of thousands of Jews, Serbs and Roma killed by Nazis in World War II, preventing plans to redevelop two concentration camp sites in the capital city into commercial space. Draft legislation will be sent to parliament in November with the “active involvement of the Jewish community in Serbia,” Efraim Zuroff told reporters after meeting with Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic this week. He said he got assurances from the Serb leader that the bill will be adopted and the government will provide funds for the memorial. The fact that it was the Serbs and not the Germans that brought masses of Jews to slaughter in WWII Serbia does not appear to deter Zuroff from towing Serbia’s line of covering up its role in the Holocaust.

All crimes should be talked about openly but not using fabrications and opinions as facts, which is exactly what Zuroff is evidently doing.

The second reason for writing this article is last week’s utterly deplorable comparison of today’s Croatia with the WWII Independent State of Croatia by Milorad Pupovac, member of Croatian Parliament representing a part of Serb minority in Croatia.  “I would not want this country to come up with the same experience, which was an attempt in the 20th century, to create a Croatian state and to collaborate (with the Nazis) … How things are now, the way many people in this country, including those who sit with us in Parliament are relating to that idea, such possibility is not unrealistic…”, Pupovac said.

While the Croatian government leadership has responded to Pupovac’s deplorable behaviour as unacceptable the mind boggles why there are no stronger moves to commence proceedings that would remove Pupovac from the Croatian Parliament. Croatian Parliament was instituted amidst the bloody Serb aggression against Croatia’s independence struggle and members of Pupovac’s immediate family were active in that aggression and ethnic cleansing of Croats from their homes. Pupovac has for years been on a rampage against Croatian independence and on the path of spreading lies about WWII Croatia just like Zuroff does, covering up and justifying communist crimes, to name only a few of his public activities that actually vilify the very country in whose parliament he sits.

Anti-Jewish poster issued in Serbia in autumn of 1941 for the Grand Anti-Masonic Exhibition in Belgrade from October 22, 1941, to January 19, 1942. The exhibit focused on the alleged Jewish-Communist-Masonic conspiracy to achieve world domination with the intent to increase hatred against outsider groups that opposed Nazi Germany.

The truly distressing matter in Zuroff’s and Pupovac’s claims regarding the preposterously impossible numbers they say were killed by Croatia’s Ustasha regime is that they talk of these fabricated numbers as fact in order to make their vilification against Croatia even larger. I am astonished at the fact that no one in any national authority that protects the public from such terrible falsehoods has yet called these two men (and others in this category of disturbing undermining and promoting of false history and today) to account and compelled them to prove beyond reasonable doubt the numbers of victims they claim are true, are a verifiable fact.

A thing about the Holocaust in Serbia that bothers multitudes across the world is that Serbs themselves have put the whole blame for the exterminations upon the Germans who occupied Serbia! On the other hand, the Serbs will not do the same when it comes to the Holocaust related crimes perpetrated on WWII Croatian soil under German occupation! The Serbs will keep on vilifying Croatia by calling it a Nazi Germany puppet state and yet they will not do the same for Serbia that was, actually, more of a Nazi Germany puppet state than Croatia (Croatia’s WWII goal for independence, for self-determination, appears to have been much stronger than Serbia’s).

While it appears that Israeli Efraim Zuroff, and Croatian Serb Milorad Pupovac, will stop at nothing to cover up or at least dilute to a kind of insignificance the horrors of the extermination of Jews in WWII Serbia, it is incumbent upon us all that the truth, the real truth that can be verified, is told. One thing is for sure, Serbia itself and Serbs were the exterminators od Jews in WWII Serbia and not Serbia’s occupiers, the Germans as Zuroff and Pupovac would like the world to believe. Serbs were most willing partners in getting Serbia to the Jew-free status among European nations; they did it swiftly, they did it by May 1942!

Dr Esther Gitman

Dr Esther Gitman, a leading historian specialising in the rescue and survival of Jews during WWII especially in the region of former Yugoslavia (mainly Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia) has on several occasions in recent times commented strongly in criticism of Efraim Zuroff’s ludicrous claims about the enormity of Holocaust crime related matters in WWII Croatia and Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac in particular that do not stack up to any verifiable findings and about their pursuits in attempts to cover up or minimise Holocaust related crimes in WWII Serbia. She has often reminded her public that research findings confirm the fact that WWII Serbia was one of the first European countries to declare itself Jew-free (May 1942) – with pride, to boot! On speaking recently to Dr Esther Gitman, I asked about where her research has led her to as far as WWII Serbia was concerned.

“The essence of it is that Serbia was not an occupied state, Milan Nedic was the military prime minister. They had their freedoms provided they fought the communists and killed Jews. They did a very good job in concealing the truth from the world.  My preliminary research and summary are here only to demonstrate how many armies they had in Serbia and what was expected of them.  Serbia to a certain extent was controlled by Nazi Germany and at time by Bulgaria but in essence they were free to print their own stamps and with their own name. For so many years most of us believed that Serbia was an occupied country and that it was the Nazis who killed Jews, Roma, Croats and others. The Nazi regime had no time to run after the so-called Serbian enemies, the Serbs themselves did it. It is highly recommended to send some students to the USA, (DGFP,  Department of State. Documents on German Foreign Policy, 1918-1945. Series D, Vols. 11-13, Washington D.C., 1960-1964.  See also, United States” National Archives. Microcopy,– Roll—Frame, and  United States, National Archives. Record Group).

By not searching for truth Croatia has been duped by Serbia for more than seven decades. They taught you and your children how you murdered 1,700,000 or 700,000 and you believed them even though it makes no sense. In Croatia, in total, there were approximately 2,500,000 and Serbs about 750,000, the whole story that the world and the Vatican are accepting makes no sense. Please go and make sense of what has happened to you from 1918-1941 and from 1941-1945,” Dr Gitman emphasised.

Antisemitic poster Serbia 1941-1945:
“his weapons: democracy, masonry, capitalism and communism leads to death”

“In April 1941, the commander in chief of the German army issued a proclamation defining the conditions of German rule in occupied areas of Serbia…and on 30 May 1941 the first puppet government was established. That is a Commissioner Administration headed by Milan Acimovic…  But the above were temporary figures and the German authorities had sound reasons for choosing General Milan Nedić to head the puppet (in name only) government. He was well known among Serbs as an elite General Staff officer of the pre-1918 Serbian and interwar Yugoslav armies, and he had held the two highest military positions in the country. He was regarded as a man of great personal authority, not simply because of his high professional standing, but also because of his commanding behaviour in official positions.

On August 27, 1941, Nedic informed Heinrich  Danckelmann by letter that after consulting with the commissioners and leading representatives of the Serbian people, he (Nedic) would be willing to become prime minister if the military commander would agree to specific operating conditions,” Dr Gitman continued.

Dr Gitman’s research concludes that the conditions sought by Nedic were as follows:

  • First, a Serbian government would be formed that would manage the affairs of the Serbian people under the supervision of the military commander, to conform to German military, political, and economic interests.
  • Second, the Serbian government would be allowed to develop an armed force (without which it could not assure peace and order in the country), consisting of a gendarmerie of up to 10,000 men and auxiliary armed forces according to need, and, with the permission of the military commander, both of them would be equipped with the Yugoslav weapons captured by the Germans.
  • Third, Serbian prisoners of war in Germany who were ill, all prisoners over the age of 55, and those prisoners needed for the reconstruction of the country would be released to their homes, and the Serbian government would be allowed to send food supplies to improve the rations of prisoners remaining in Germany.
  • Fourth, the “economic and administrative boundaries” of Serbia would be improved by having German troops occupy certain areas (meaning, apparently, northeast Bosnia).
  • And finally, the impoverishment, persecution, and murder of Serbs in Croatia and in Bulgarian and in Hungarian-occupied areas would cease.

In addition to these major conditions, Nedic also wanted a number of other concessions. He asked for a political council to promulgate the new political arrangements. The struggle against Communism was to be considered primarily the concern of the Serbian people and its government, with the German army helping only insofar as the means used by the Serbian government proved insufficient. In cases of sabotage, reprisals were to be applied only against those who were guilty and never against the innocent, and they were not to be undertaken until complete information had been obtained from the Serbian government. And the use of Serbian national and state emblems was to be allowed.

Antisemitic poster Serbia 1941-1942
“be on the lookout/you will not know or be aware”

“From Jozo Tomasevich we learn that there is no written record of Danckelmann specifically accepting these conditions, but in Nedic’s speech on the occasion of his installation, he thanked Danckelmann “for the full power of authority [Vollmacht] which it pleased it would seem that a real understanding existed between the two men, though only in oral form. Other documentary evidence, including a circular sent by Turner to all German area and district commands in Serbia, dated August 2.9.1941, shows that Danckelmann did promise Nedic that the Serbian authorities, under German supervision, would have a large degree of independence. Turner wrote (For Turner’s circular, see Micr, No-T-50, Roll 246, Frs. 190-9 I):

A promise was given to the government that, under German supervision, it will be given the highest possible degree of independence in administration, please, therefore, limit the activity of the administrative groups to purely supervisory functions.” A note from Minister of Interior Acirnovic to Turner, dated September 16,1941, protesting against the interference of German authorities in the operations of the Serbian gendarmerie and other government armed forces, is further proof that the Nedic’s administration understood that it would be largely free in using these forces.  Order No. I of September 5, I941, to all government employees and all armed formations under Nedic’s command encouraged government officials, the armed forces, and the public at large to resist the spreading rebellion. It stressed the need for discipline, hard work, honesty, and devotion to the good of the people, point 6 said: ‘All national forces, both of the state gendarmerie and police and of loyal Serbian men at large, can have at this time only one objective, that is, to save the Serbian people from new bloodshed and sacrifices, removing without compromise all those elements in their midst that would want to push the nation into total ruin. Under these circumstances, my orders, directed through the appropriate state organs, must be carried out by all people without hesitation,’ ” Dr Esther Gitman articulated the findings of her research and conclusions they command.

Antisemitic poster Serbia 1941-1945:
“New York Times: the press in the USA is 97% in Jewish hands”

It is difficult to know how long the Holocaust and other victims of WWII Serbia will have to wait for justice, but one thing is crystal clear: it was Milan Nedic and his government’s operatives and loyal followers and the Serbian Chetniks (loyal to the deposed Serbian Monarchy) that actively brought WWII Serbia to be one of the first European states  to become “Judenfrei” (Jew-Free); the Nazis did not bring the victims to slaughter, the Serbs did it in the name of Greater Serbia.  During the Second World War, the Serbs were ethnically cleaning Jews out of their homes in Serbia, just as they ethnically cleansed the 1990s Croats in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina out of theirs, and the role of Serbs in communist crimes committed during and after World War II was so great that its disclosure could shock the entire humanity of the world. This is not hate speech, this is the documented and verifiable truth! Ina Vukic

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Croatia: You Can Run But You Cannot Hide From Depravity Of Communist Crimes // Croatia, the War, and the Future

“Here rest 294 victims of World War II and/or Post World War II period. Gracani” Photo:HINA

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic’s glaring absence from the burial ceremony of earthly remains of 294 communist crimes victims, recently dug out of mass graves at Gracani on the outskirts of Zagreb, on Friday 23rd August 2019  has thrown a national spotlight on the token, unconvincing and reluctant compassion afforded the victims of communist crimes by official Croatia. According to records kept by parshioner, the late Miroslav Haramija, 738 Croats were murdered by Partisans in 1945 in Gracani area and excavations of mass graves are set to continue.  23 August is European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Totalitarian Regimes and this year central events towards that remembrance were a Mass at St Michael’s church and funeral rites and burial for the 294 victims of communist crimes, of Partisans. The services at Gracani were led by Msgr. Zlatko Koren in conjunction with Don Marko Med, the parish priest, Fr. Marin Matančić, and other priests.

Mons. Koren emphasised that in this place of commemoration, 294 victims of World War II and the post-war period proclaim victory: “The victory of good over evil. Victory over sin. Victory over death.”

Gracani, Zagreb 23 August 2019 – burial of remains of 294 victims of communist crimes recently dug out of mass graves. PHOTO: HINA

It would indeed be a complete victory of good over evil had the entire Croatian leadership bowed their heads at the burial place of the remains of these 294 victims. It would indeed be a complete victory of good over evil had Croatia’s leaders announced a plan for fitting monuments for victims of communist crimes to be erected across Croatia, just like the existing monument to the victims of fascism/Nazism/Ustashas at Jasenovac. Certainly, there were countless more victims of communist Partisans than there were victims of Ustashas. Concrete evidence of this exists in the uncovered mass graves that add up so far to 1,700 across Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (1000 in Croatia alone!). Much is yet to be done for the good to truly triumph over evil when it comes to the history of Croatians, particularly the 20th Century one. That body of work to be done still pertains to the condemnation of communist crimes and to building of monuments to victims in mass graves rather than marking the mass grave sites with mere crosses and humble plaques! Communist crimes were devastatingly huge in Croatia and this fact must not be marked by small remembrances but giant monuments to the suffering, visible by naked eye from the stars above.

Gracani, Zagreb 23 August 2019 – burial of remains of 294 victims of communist crimes recently dug out of mass graves. PHOTO: HINA

“Among the victims there are 63 minors. At least 112 people were killed with a bullet to the head. These bones today, after 74 long years, are finding their peace,” said Croatan Veterans Minister Tomo Medved said at Gracani on Friday 23 August 2019. Stating the obvious would not be my choice of words on this very important occasion for justice.

“Today’s event, like many other events in many other places, confirms not only a totalitarian but also a criminal character of the communist system. We must talk about this, because, like how we condemned the Ustasha regime, just as loudly and clearly we must talk not only about the totalitarian but also the criminal character of communism,” said Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković. To the point, but talk is cheap and Jandrokovic knows it! It blows over with the wind in seconds and all remains as usual – no official declaration of condemnation, no laws passed in parliament to reflect this, no banning of communist regime’s insignia and symbols. No banning of Josip Broz Tito’s birthday celebrations. No banning of Day of Antifascists!

Gracani, Zagreb 23 August 2019 – burial of remains of 294 victims of communist crimes recently dug out of mass graves. PHOTO: HINA

“While in the democratic world Fascism, Nazism and similar regimes were morally and politically condemned, their victims places of death and their graves marked, and numerous guilty people convicted, Communism in Croatia, without a proper and complete condemnation, smuggled its way into democracy. Therefore, at this place, I clearly condemn totalitarian regimes, both the Communist and the Ustasha and I clearly condemn Greater Serbian totalitarianism, and its aggression against Croatia,” said President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović at Gracani on Friday. Same as Jandrokovic, really. Grabar Kitarovic failed to spell out how “proper and complete condemnation” of communist regime should be achieved. The President of Croatia has a duty to give practical direction and undertakings for a complete condemnation of communist crimes she refers to. Words are cheap!

To add insult on the injury, the actual wooden cross that marks the burial place of the 294 victims of communist crimes at Gracani says absolutely nothing about who their murderers were! The writing on the cross says: “Here rest 294 victims of World War II and/or Post World War II period. Gracani”.

Absolutely heartbreaking and demoralising!

Their murderers were the communists so say it loud and say it again and again and again, until the truth sinks into every memory and every human heart.

Gracani, Zagreb 23 August 2019 – burial of remains of 294 victims of communist crimes recently dug out of mass graves. PHOTO: HINA

In addition to the commemoration and the burial of the remains at Gracani last Friday, the actual locations of mass executions were presented to the public for the first time; with shocking, disturbing photographs of the innocent victims! If this wasn’t enough for the Croatian leaders mentioned above to give to the public a real sense of determination that communist crimes will be utterly and completely condemned, I don’t know what will be. Milan Bandic, the Mayor of Zagreb, was present there also. While he generally boasts of beautifying Zagreb with lots of grand fountains and statues, he did not announce any fountain or statue or monument to be built in condemnation of communist crimes. His past is in a communist family, as is for most at the top echelons of Croatian current leadership, including the president’s.

The politicians in Croatia who walk on eggshells when it comes to condemning communist crimes, spread cheap and empty words in acknowledging the victims of communist crimes, ensuring that the burial places of the victims don’t name their murderers, create an atmosphere where such crimes are further pushed into insignificance as such atmosphere encourages unjustifiable justification of communist crimes –  can run (in such ways) but they cannot hide. When faced with the enormity of communist crimes in Croatia, with the overwhelming number of mass graves – nothing these politicians in power can mitigate or lighten the horrendous weight of those crimes.

Gracani, Zagreb 23 August 2019 – burial of remains of 294 victims of communist crimes recently dug out of mass graves. PHOTO: HINA

Croatia is abound with victims of communist crimes – almost every second family with its descendants has a horror story of its own to tell, where loved ones had been murdered, imprisoned for speaking against communism, simply being related to an anti-communist,  forced to flee and emigrate to avoid persecution or personal properties confiscated and given to communists; the communists even chased those who emigrated  across the world, assassinating dozens and blackening the names of all, maliciously, evilly, labelling them as extremists and terrorists. A large portion of the victims of communist crimes were not conscious enemies of the communist regime. They were punished according to their belonging, as “socially dangerous elements”. These were mostly family members of people who have been branded opponents of the regime because they sang no praises to Tito and his communists; women, children and elderly persons. Victims of communism have to be remembered as innocent victims of regimes founded on communist ideology and also as people who stood up to regimes of terror in the name of democracy, the rule of law, and independent statehood, or for other motives.

And those who committed these heinous crimes and atrocities have not faced justice nor have the stolen properties been restored to original owners. There is no real remorse nor condemnation for these acts of communist depravity within the corridors of power. The words spoken at occasions such as the one in Gracani on Friday are cheap and frankly, without real demonstrations of legislative work (such as banning communist symbols, removing from the Constitution the claimed credit given to antifascism as part of the foundation of today’s independent Croatia) that would cement condemnation of communist crimes these words are insulting.

Gracani, Zagreb 23 August 2019 – burial of remains of 294 victims of communist crimes recently dug out of mass graves. PHOTO: HINA

Denial of the Holocaust has been criminalised and listed as hate speech etc., almost worldwide. Are then victims of communist crimes less worthy of such dignity because they were not Jewish! All victims are equally victims and the time has come when denial of communist crimes must be criminalised.

The resolution on European conscience and totalitarianism passed in the European Parliament in April of 2009 recommended declaring 23 August the day of remembrance for victims of communism and Nazism and this has been done in many European countries and in North America. The remembrance of the victims of the Nazi regime, first and foremost victims of the Holocaust, and of the victims of communist regimes on one and the same day has been called an attempt to deprive the Holocaust genocide of its historical uniqueness. Eastern European countries are accused of attempting to hide the collaboration of their own peoples with the national socialists at that time behind the remembrance of victims of communism. Politicising tends to always confuse and bias issues but in 21st century we should be free to say that a victim of the Holocaust is in no way more unique than a victim of communist regimes. Each are a side of the same coin – the coin of power usurpation by brutal force and disregard for human life.  It is time to rip out of the ground the monuments raised during the times of former Yugoslavia to honour the WWII communist Partisans and raise instead, monuments to victims of communist crimes! Ina Vukic 

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Croatia – A Lapdog To EU // Croatia, the War, and the Future

Ursula von der Leyen
President of the European Commission

If being “a success story of the European Union and a role model for other countries attempting to get EU membership,” as the newly elected president of the European Commission said this week about Croatia, is an assessment reached through weighing an EU member country’s efforts to suck up to EU needs rather than needs of the same country’s people, then, yeah, with alternating Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) led governments since 2013 Croatia has been an EU lapdog above all else. Had von der Leven taken the effort to look at the widespread despair and political quagmire within Croatia itself that is seeing multitudes leaving their homes for other countries in search for work and a decent living then her appraisal of Croatia for Croatians would not include the words “role model”. But then again, she is about EU “political corporation” interests and not about the interests of individual nations making up the EU.

Given the past SDP/HDZ governments’ track record since Croatia joined the EU, unless the players making up the next government (2020 general elections) change, Croatia could become even more of a public acolyte (a lapdog, a disciple…)  for all things EU. In reality, most countries that supported Croatia’s inclusion in EU would have known that, in all likelihood and if not actively resisted, Croatia would remain lock step with the liberal political route largely paved with Soros funds, and so its membership was a way of extending EU influence into Eastern Europe where Russia’s political and practical backers maintain a constant air of communist nostalgia, resistance to true and full democratic change.  Had, during the expected  democratisation period after 1991, mainstream journalism evolved throughout Croatia toward an independent and aggressive style, more attuned with the role of the free press as a fundamental tool with the checks and balance necessary for a working democracy, then Croatia would have been a different environment to what it is today. It would have rid itself of most individuals in positions of power who held such position in communist Yugoslavia and that in itself would have been the main part of the formula through which corruption and nepotism, especially, are eradicated to, at least, a degree that does not negatively affect the livelihood of workers, of ordinary citizens.

With significantly eroded living standards, alarming emigration increase and pronounced economic development slouch coupled with large-scale corruption scandals, it is now more than clear that a small power such as Croatia should have never thought it could depend on building up brownie points for the benefit of its own people with superpowers (EU), as EU movers and shakers, by their nature and purpose, pursue their own interests without let or heed to so-called loyalties to lesser states.  Similarly, the dangers of continuing to be seen as an EU puppet and how this is inimical to Croatian interests within its own borders emerge as issues that must seriously be visited, particularly given the widespread fear among Croatian people that unless the backbone of political tides is changed, and Croatian politics turned inward more than outward, Croatia as a nation will disappear even in our own lifetime.

The lapdog to EU mentality becomes even more distressing when one looks at top-level, palpably autocratic decisions in Croatia to introduce the Euro, rid Croatia of its own currency Kuna despite the fact that opposition to this move is rather widespread among the Croatian people.

Given this, we can only hope the future government of Croatia will have something far more intelligent and more in Croatia’s long-term interests in mind. So far, membership in EU has, for Croatia, seen a perpetual politically-pitched promise of EU money that will change for the better everyone’s life and yet a widespread capacity to draw on those funds from Croatia has been kept at the lowest possible level. The road to EU funds grant applications remains a mystery and a closed alley for most individuals in Croatia; little if any public education has occurred. If we exclude the concept of being a lapdog from positive people-oriented politics, little, if any, assertiveness of Croatian interests has been witnessed in the EU corridors of power except individual politicians’ evident ambition to gain a position within the EU “corporation” power machine.

The lapdog mentality in aligning Croatia’s legislation with that of the EU has further eroded Croatia’s independence from communist Yugoslavia and Croatia’s absolute need to fully address the impact on itself of 1990’s Serb aggression. This alignment has meant that minority rights have developed not as rights within a majority setting, but as rights that are equal to majority rights. And so, one gets the soul-destructive outcome where Serb minority in Croatia (largely made up of individuals who were actively or politically associated with the 1990’s aggression against Croatia) are joined in holding the rudder of Croatian life. But then, this suits the EU as its eye of future expansion is cast on Serbia!

Politics is the art of the possible and this was clearly demonstrated through activism of left-oriented individual politicians in Croatia who pushed for EU membership to that degree where relative minority of voter turnout at referendum could carry the referendum forward! And so, Croatia’s membership in the EU may at this stage be its only short-term option. But what about the future? What happens when EU interests directly conflict with those of the Croatian people? The fact that they already do is palpable and the fact that they interfere or stifle the needed progress towards decommunisation (democratisation) of Croatia’s public services and administration, including legislation, has spread into a nationwide concern over the lack in meeting the needs and interests of Croatian people and their personal living standard. Do Croats, by staying lapdogs to EU, really want to be drawn into a regional conflict brewing as illegal migrants and asylum seekers clutter the borders and compromise national security upon which citizens depend for their personal safety as well as for the safety of national existence? And what of Croatia’s future economic prosperity? Will Croatia continue to allow EU-defined free trade agreements to be rammed down its throats at the cost of local jobs, local business enterprises growth and their viability in the face of EU quotas and standards? These are all serious questions which must be addressed with long term thinking. Unfortunately, Croatia’s elitist political class seem to have their fingers in the till (as they did during the times of communist Yugoslavia) or their heads in the sand, or both. Croatia talks of a saving potential ingrained in its diaspora or Croats living outside Croatia, yet the governments in Croatia have done their utmost to stifle adjustment of Croatia’s legislation to that potential.  Croatian politicians talk of being nimble yet do the utmost to stifle innovation in building a fully functional democracy well rid of former communist mentality and its destructive approach to creating opportunities for individual growth and expression in all walks of life. Instead of putting the welfare of its citizens first, Croatian corridors of power pander to EU interests and its rapacious greed for control and compliance to its own standards that have no regard for individual national identity and needs. Risk averse and too short sighted to see the car crash ahead of Croats, Croatian governments remain as ever the obedient servants of the EU. And yet, modern Croatia is founded on taking risks: risking human life for the glory of independence and democracy! What has gone wrong? Ina Vukic

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Learn Croatian In Croatia – Scholarship Applications Now Open // Croatia, the War, and the Future


The State Office for Croats Abroad is once again offering scholarships for Croatian language learning in Croatia.

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2019. 

More details on the website, on email: tecaj-hrvatskog-jezika@hrvatiizvanrh.hr or call +385 (0)1/6444-683 between 10.00 – 15.00 on week days.

Applications for scholarships for Croatian language learning in Croatia in the 2019/20 academic year are now open, the State Office for Croats Abroad announced on its website.

The aim of the scholarships is to help further a better understanding of the Croatian language and culture, as well as to foster the partnership with Croatians abroad and their descendants. It is hoped that the programme will help provide a stimulant for Croatians abroad and their descendants to return to Croatia.

Members of the Croatian People, their spouses, as well as friends of the Croatian people and the Republic of Croatia who nurture Croatian identity and promote Croatian cultural unity, can submit an application for the scholarship, which is done exclusively electronically/online.

Applicants must be aged over 18, completed at least secondary school and with residence outside Croatia or those who have been residing in Croatia for no more than three years.

Scholarship recipients can study in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka or Osijek. The scholarship covers cost of the course, plus subventions for two meals a day and part of accommodation costs.

Only electronic applications will be accepted. The application form can be found on the link here.

Multi-lingual instructions as to how to fill in and submit applications can be found in this PDF document downloaded from the above website.

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Croatian Diaspora Voter Suppression // Croatia, the War, and the Future


The alarmingly disenfranchising and downright foul Croatian voter suppression once again showed its ugly face as Croatian citizens living in the Croatian diaspora had the opportunity, on Sunday 26 May 2019, to exercise their Constitutional right to voting for the Croatian European Parliament representatives. This voter suppression comes in the form of limiting polling places to only diplomatic-consular missions, which are few and far between, hence severely hampering and disadvantaging majority of potential voters from voting due to reason of inaccessibility. Most voters would need to make unreasonable efforts, with unreasonable costs, in order to reach a polling place and vote.

This type of voter suppression has undoubtedly been put in place and kept in place by the two major political parties in Croatia, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) once each realised that voting preferences by the diaspora would largely go against them and so they made it almost impossible to vote in the diaspora. Prior to that change in law/constitution regarding polling places in the diaspora, for some fifteen or so years after Croatia’s independence of early 1990’s polling places in the diaspora were ample and fairly adequate for accessibility. They were situated at the diplomatic-consular missions as well as at Croatian Community Clubs. Most voters could easily access a polling place at times of elections.

And these are the major political parties who keep harping on about wanting the Croats from the diaspora to return to Croatia. Yet they act against the diaspora in many ways but voter suppression is the pits! Politicians in Croatia constantly talk about this terrible state of voter suppression but somehow the diaspora is yet to see an initiative from them put to the Parliament to change that despicable, restrictive and antidemocratic law/regulation re polling places. If one didn’t love Croatia so very much, one would become deeply disappointed and walk away, for good.

No question about it: Croatia’s laws and legislative regulations regarding polling places in the diaspora are radically biased! Radically discriminative!

For the great majority of Croatian voters living in the diaspora polling places can be extremely far apart and difficult to reach, especially those with limited transportation options. Many are faced with hundreds or thousands of kilometres round trip just to cast a vote! Not only is this inconvenient, but for the many individuals living on pensions or small incomes it acts akin to a modern-day poll tax.

When one analyses this situation then the results are indeed troublesome for any democracy, for any person having a right to vote under the country’s Constitution. The analysis shows that voter suppression is commonplace as far as the Croatian diaspora is concerned, and that voting is routinely harder for people who live far away from diplomatic-consular missions than for those who can reach such a polling place with reasonable effort and distance to travel.

This is the reality that drives fears of a country in regression, rather than progression – away from antidemocratic former communist controls. The prospect of continued voter suppression fuels disenfranchisement, deprivation, of the diaspora and radical and urgent steps are needed to eradicate it.

Article 45, Paragraph 3 (amended I believe in 2010, when polling places in Croatian clubs were removed, obviously for voter suppression reasons) of the Constitution of the Republic Of Croatia regulates voting by voters who permanently reside the diaspora. do not have a permanent residence in the Republic of Croatia. Paragraph 3 of Article 45 of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia currently reads:

“In elections for the Croatian Parliament, the President of the Republic of Croatia and the European Parliament and in decision-making procedures by national referendum, suffrage shall be exercised in direct elections by secret ballot, wherein voters who do not have registered domicile in the Republic of Croatia shall vote at polling stations in the premises of diplomatic-consular offices of the Republic of Croatia in the foreign countries in which they reside.”

As anyone can see, this rule is very restrictive, most discriminative and disenfranchising to a large majority of voters living outside Croatia. Their electoral rights have thus in effect been denied. They have been deprived of their rights. Even though their right to vote is enshrined in the Constitution, the laws regulating elections and polling stations blatantly deny those rights to the majority of Croatian citizens living outside the country. This is tantamount to denial of democracy as every fully functional democracy in its voting rights legislation must consider accessibility to polling stations (to voting), no matter which part of the voter population one considers; whether the geographically isolated, whether the disabled, whether the aged and so on… The need for postal and electronic voting for voters living outside Croatia worldwide has been voiced and articulated by politicians, by community activists and leaders…by the birds in the trees, if you like, but no, nothing much is happening on that front either, as far as the public knows.

To help Croatia thrive with its diaspora it is imperative to keep insisting on changes that would provide for accessibility to polling stations at times of elections. Despite being treated appallingly on this score it is so very rewarding to see the Croatian diaspora fight back and numbers of those reaching the polling stations increasing. Regretfully, those numbers are nowhere near those that voted when polling stations were placed at diplomatic-consular offices as well as in Croatian Community clubs across the vast diaspora. You take away the right to vote, you make voting as difficult as it can possibly get – you take away democracy as you suppress voters in such perfidious manner.

That is Croatia today! The Croatia that keeps inviting; that keeps “begging” Croats living in the diaspora to return to live in Croatia and help put Croatia on solid economic and solid demographic feet! On a positive note, my deepest respect to all those Croatian citizens living in the diaspora who have made notable efforts on Sunday 26 May 2019 in ensuring they reach a polling station at a diplomatic-consular office. Ina Vukic

Source: // Croatia, the War, and the Future 

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