Communist Crimes: Tito’s Murder Squads Targeted All Croats Who Opposed His Regime

Defendants Josip Perkovic , left,  and Zdravko Mustac, second right,  former members of the Yugoslav secret service,  arrive for their trial in a Munich courtroom  Friday Oct. 17, 2014. A former head of Yugoslavia’s  secret service and a one-time subordinate  have gone on trial in Germany  over the 1983 killing of a Croatian national in Bavaria.  Zdravko Mustac and former subordinate Josip Perkovic,  who later created independent Croatia’s spy agency,  are both charged with being accessories  to the murder of Stjepan Djurekovic.  The dissident was shot and beaten on July 28, 1983  in a garage in Wolfratshausen, near Munich.  (AP Photo//Michaela Rehle,Pool)

Defendants Josip Perkovic , left,
and Zdravko Mustac, second right,
former members of the Yugoslav secret service,
arrive for their trial in a Munich courtroom
Friday Oct. 17, 2014. A former head of Yugoslavia’s
secret service and a one-time subordinate
have gone on trial in Germany
over the 1983 killing of a Croatian national in Bavaria.
Zdravko Mustac and former subordinate Josip Perkovic,
who later created independent Croatia’s spy agency,
are both charged with being accessories
to the murder of Stjepan Djurekovic.
The dissident was shot and beaten on July 28, 1983
in a garage in Wolfratshausen, near Munich.
(AP Photo//Michaela Rehle,Pool)

 

How much the “West” will have to answer for – or at least express profound regret – as its complicity in Communist crimes is gradually revealed, may be something that will come to light in no other place but Germany. The past couple of decades have been marked with trickles of information, which suggested that the “West” was complicit in murders of Croatian nationals, who had sought refuge from Yugoslav Communist terror abroad. The complicity in this case would be defined by the “West’s” pandering to Communist Yugoslavia and its leader Josip Broz Tito, who served as a kind of a buffer zone between East and West during the Cold War of the last century. In this “pandering” and “wooing” of the cold-blooded murderer Tito by the “West” meant that Tito’s secret police could operate undisturbed and at times even with the assistance of police and secret services throughout that “West”.

The case of the “Croatian Six” in Australia, for example, has seen ample arrows pointing to the likelihood of police services assisting the Yugoslav secret police agents in their murderous, dirty work of persecuting and framing for terrorism freedom loving Croats in Australia.

There are ample cases of similar human darkness in aid of political maps across the Globe.
The former head of Yugoslavia’s secret service, Zdravko Mustac, and a one-time subordinate, Josip Perkovic – who later created independent Croatia’s spy agency, have gone on trial in Germany, on Friday 17 October 2014, over the 1983 killing of a Croatian dissident in Bavaria, Stjepan Djurekovic. They are both charged with being accessories to the murder. Djurekovic was shot and beaten on July 28, 1983, in a garage in Wolfratshausen, near Munich.
Both, Perkovic and Mustac, refused to testify on the charges against them as their trial opened and the Prosecutors allege that Mustac ordered Perkovic to plan and prepare Djurekovic’s killing.
Croatia, under its pro-communist government led by Zoran Milanovic and president Ivo Josipovic, initially refused to extradite Perkovic but bowed to German pressure, and pressure from Brussels, and sent him to Germany in January 2014. It extradited Mustac in April 2014.

The numerous murders of Croats in Germany by the communist Yugoslavia secret police, says Deutsche Welle are among the longest unsolved murders in Germany: Up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, around 30 opponents of the Yugoslav regime were killed in the Federal Republic. Most of them were exiled Croats. The assassination orders came from Belgrade. For years, German investigators searched for the murderers and the people behind them. One of the masterminds was Josip Perkovic. German prosecutors believe the former high-level intelligence agent was responsible for the murder of Stjepan Djurekovic over 30 years ago. Now Perkovic has been indicted in Munich. Philipp Grüll and Frank Hofmann have been looking into this and many other cases. The result is a documentary as exciting as a thriller by John le Carré”.

 

The above documentary film released is titled “Tito’s Murder Squads” and absolutely eyes-opening, especially in aid of revealing how easy it was for Tito to gobble-up oceans of funds or loans from the West to maintain his Yugoslavia and to maintain the false economy whose main role was to glorify communism in the eyes of the ordinary people; the false sense of prosperity under communism, brainwashing millions and murdering more than a million of innocent people in the process. All Tito needed to do is to split from Joseph Stalin (Russia), which he did – starting in 1948 and finishing in 1955, and “milk and honey” flowed like a wild river from the West into his Yugoslavia while he hatched-up and set into motion secret plans to murder every Croat (or other national within Yugoslavia) who opposed his communist regime.

Tito was marked by resistance to the Nazis and he was traumatised by the fact that the Croats had set up their own nation state with the help of the Nazis, and then fought against him. He never forgot that and for him the war continued. Now, against opponents in exile, like the Croats,” says the documentary film.

The founder of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, made no distinction between the fascists and democratic opponents. Tito’s Yugoslavia fought them all equally bitterly. They were all to be exterminated! After all, Tito was Stalin’s pupil and protégé regardless of the fact that he broke away from Stalin’s Russia. The “West” did, it seems, believe in Tito and his integrity when it comes to breaking away from Stalin but the truth is that the close bond between Yugoslav and Russian communists never entirely broke off; even today’s close relations of Serbia (Belgrade) with Russia are a testament to that fact, and these relations were cemented during Tito’s time in Belgrade, the capital city of former Yugoslavia.

The Yugoslav secret service went to any length to combat their communist regime’s opponents.

“At the time, our main interest was to find a way to diffuse tensions in Europe and to calm down relations with the Soviet Union,” says Klaus von Dahnanyi (SPD) Former German Deputy Foreign Minister (Close confidant of Willy Brandt, Chancellor of Germany 1969 – 1974) in the documentary film.

It was the Cold War era in Europe and East and West stood facing each other – weapons loaded. Germany’s Social Democrats were trying to find a way out of the confrontation; their new foreign politics also needed Tito’s help. Willy Brandt openly courted Yugoslav support.
The issue of permeating The Wall was an overriding one, especially as far as Yugoslav was concerned, but also Romania too.

Tito’s Yugoslavia was caught between East and West, West Germany rolled out the red carpet in its then capital Bonn. Willy Brandt and the communist leader Tito – the two men’s friendship laid the foundation for a new political concept: to tie Yugoslavia to the West.

Germany supported the communist regime of Yugoslavia with loans. In the early 1970’s hundreds of millions of Deutschmark flowed from Bonn to Belgrade.

Meanwhile, the Yugoslav regime drew up a secret State directive for a special kind of war: the secret service was given the power to fight opponents of the state abroad – signed Josip Broz Tito.”

And so, the “West” left the door ajar for Tito’s Yugoslavia to “slip in” and build an enormous network of spies on its own soil. Croats who had fled or left communist Yugoslavia were spied on, shadowed, marked as enemies of Yugoslav state – the state that “West” decided was its “new-found” friend. Yugoslav Consulates and Embassies across the “West” became centres for the communist spy rings. Instructions to label all Croats terrorists and fascists, instructions to murder freedom from communism activists, instructions to frame Croats as terrorists, instructions to murder the leaders of communist opposition abroad came from Belgrade, the Yugoslav capital, as well as from other parts of Yugoslavia. The Yugoslav secret service drew up death lists and meticulously planned dozens of murders of Croatian nationals across the Globe.

Soon after the re-unification of Germany its then Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel (who was West Germany’s minister of justice when the nation was unified) said this at a session of parliament in September 1991when speaking of communist crimes in East Germany: “We must punish the perpetrators. This is not a matter of a victor’s justice. We owe it to the ideal of justice and to the victims. All of those who ordered injustices and those who executed the orders must be punished; the top men of the SED (Socialist Unity Party of East Germany) as well as the ones who shot [people] at the wall.”

Aware that the feelings against communists were running high among their victims, Kinkel pointed to past revolutions after which the representatives of the old system were collectively liquidated. In the same speech before parliament, he said:

Such methods are alien to a state ruled by law. Violence and vengeance are incompatible with the law in any case. At the same time, we cannot tolerate that the problems are swept under the rug as a way of dealing with a horrible past, because the results will later be disastrous for society. We Germans know from our own experience where this leads. Jewish philosophy formulates it in this way: ‘The secret of redemption is called remembering.’”

Months will pass before Perkovic and Mustac murder trials are over in Germany. Whether they are found guilty or innocent of the particular murder they are on trial for does not matter in the big scheme of things to do with communist crimes. What matters most is that this trial represents a dawn of a new future – the future that will not tolerate communist crimes cover-ups and the future, which will undoubtedly make use of the facts uncovered during this trial. For Croatia it will also mean that its political elite of former communists and antifascists will need to walk the streets lowering their head in shame. Tito’s Communist Yugoslavia secret police UDBA was worse than the WWII Hitler’s Gestapo when one only looks at the oppression and fear it spread, let alone the liquidations of its regime’s opponents that remain in part as unsolved murders but in their multitudes as skeletons buried in many hundreds of mass graves and dark underground pits across Croatia and the former Yugoslavia. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

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  1. Eye opening for many out there im sure, but not for those of us whose grandparents shared horrible stories. People like my parents are australian now because of these threats in the past. Hope those commo bastards get their just deserves!

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    • Yep, annathrax, times were awful indeed and hard. Only those who had to flee or leave their homes and make a new life in foreign lands know of hardship in living parallel lives – loving one country while trying to fit in and building love for another. I pray all bastards get their just deserves too

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  2. Bosniakprince says:

    Recently I took part in a SDA congress we burned the Yugoslav flag and pictures of Bosniak members of the communist party ( National traitors ) it was beautiful to watch 10 year old bosniak children burning the fascist Yugoslav flag and everything It stood for in those dark days we were oppressed in our own homes.

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  3. Ante Saric says:

    I love the quote about JBT being “traumatised” by the NDH. I can tell you he and his followers (ie Josipovic, Milanovic, Pusic) are going to be more traumatised when we carry out our purge of the communism evil which still lives in their hearts.
    The documentary was absolutely stunning. After watching that I wonder how any one can support still having public squares and buildings named after JBT.

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  4. Halfway through your article, I was already thinking what you say in your last paragraph when making comparisons. I am neither an historian nor a political analyst but I would also say that the West’s complicity in so much over centuries makes us guilty of greater crimes than all dictators put together. That this complicity continues … I have no words.

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  5. thanks for sharing. as always it is good to keep reminding people of what has occurred. we can’t forget going forward

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  6. therealamericro says:

    The West’s complicity is something that many would like to cover up.

    Also, the UDBa / KOS network changed dresses, shall we say, after 1990 and all of the sudden began working for hostile Western intelligence agencies opposed to “Tudman’s authoritarian regime” (which had more media freedom at the peak of the war than since his death in early December 1999).

    Stedul’s case was only investigated and the animal responsible prosecuted because said animal was sloppy, and Stedul survived.

    The Bozic case in Chicago, for instance, was squashed within 24 hrs. (Mr. Bozic happened to leave early and the three UDBa animals that showed up to kill him tried to murder her, sliced her throat and face up).

    It is interesting to note that Dr. Schindler, who was working for almost a decade on UDBa’s internal (“Yugoslav”) and external, international crime spree, will never have his book see the light of day.

    In fact, he obviously came across something so compromising that TPTB honey trapped him (he sent a picture of his genitals to a Twitter follower that was flirting with him), and he has since been disgraced and left the US Navy War College, and closed his Twitter account.

    He managed XXCommittee blog, where he detailed much about the crimes of UDBa and their post-independence influence.

    The tragicomedy of his honey trap downfall is that he was one of the more vociferous public defenders of the illegal, unconstitutional Orwellian surveillance Leviathan “The New Pearl Harbor” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DOnAn_PX6M) that the traitors and criminals at the Project for a New American Century forced upon all US Citizens, and basically everyone on earth.

    So here we have a defender of the apparatus, brought down by the apparatus he defended intensively on Twitter and in media appearances, for obviously submitting the wrong FOIA request or final book draft to the government censors.

    Every revolution eats its own.

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    • I think, therealamericro, the revelations of successful attempts by the “West” to cover up Tito’s UDBA crimes on its own soil and permit slander of Croats and murders on its soil, regardless of the fact that those same Croats were nothing but exemplary, hard working citizens of the West, having fled Yugoslavia, would throw much egg on the “West’s” face and it ain’t about to expose its ugly side. Speaking of books, there’s a book published in 1973, written by Les Shaw (one might still find a copy in national libraries although many individuals have one in possession) – “Trial by slander” : a background to the Independent State of Croatia, and an account of the Anti-Croatian Campaign in Australia. It may be considered naive, but if efforts persist in exposing Tito’s crimes, justice for all will come. On the second thought there’s an old saying in Croatia: “Politics is Martha, and Martha is a whore”.

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      • alija derzelez says:

        Lol,udba was after hard working ,loving and innocent Croats.

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      • I pity people like you, Alija – your comments shows the mentality of communist murderers: those who were against communism and wanted an independent Croatia had to be murdered and that is one of their justifications for murder – will not wash any more.

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  7. Ina, I am horrified by your article and the video. I feel ashamed that the west helped in these awful crimes. There is much I don’t understand but I am learning a lot from your articles. Communism is an evil. Hugs, Barbara.

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    • Awful stuff, Barbara. But as long as the victims get justice, however “late” things can move on. During the Cold War era the “West” fed us how the Russian KGB moved around the world and killed its opponents and yet Tito’s UDBA murdered more across the “West” who were against Yugoslav regime than what KGB did.

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  8. Makes sad reading.

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  9. “[M]eant that Tito’s secret police could operate undisturbed and at times even with the assistance of police and secret services throughout that “West”.”

    The only way the US would express any “deep regret” is if they/we (I’m an American) are caught redhanded and it was an absolute necessity. The US trained and equipped similar death squads all over South America. No words of regret about any of that, so far.

    The people of the US are far better than their “democratic” government.

    The US even went so far as to re-enlist the assistance of John Steel in the Iraq War. Steel is a colonel Kurtz type of character where death and human rights abuses are left in his wake. He’s still out there. Free as a bird.

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  10. we had a report in German TV about this topic too; resume: no one was interested to accuse the spies, who murdered in Germany or Austria, because West Europe hoped to join with Tito vs. communism of Russia…

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    • Yes, I saw a recently made German documentary on the topic on the internet, frizztext – Tito used and abused the “West’s” plans to further his communist brand at home, that’s for sure

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  11. igor prosinecki says:

    Before we finish with the past Croatia doesn’t have a future and will never move forwards. It isa shame the the west and their past leaders have kept the terrible truth what Josip Broz Tito and his killers have committed since 1945 on the Croatian Nation and their people.
    Sometimes we have to wonder what is enough and whose interests are protected.

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  12. Thank you Igor, I concur

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  1. […] background the trial in Germany against two Croatian nationals (Josip Perkovic and Zdravko Mustac) for communist Yugoslavia crimes. The trial in Germany is as far as I and many are concerned a trial of historical importance; […]

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  2. […] However, a dispute over the indictment of a former Communist-era Yugoslav intelligence chief, Josip Perkovic for “communist Crimes”, i.e. alleged participation in 1983 in the murder in Germany of Croatian emigrant Stjepan Djurekovic by agents of Yugoslav Secret Police UDBA, had caused a diplomatic upset. Perkovic was indicted in 2005 for the assassination in Germany in 1983 of a Croatian emigrant. He continued to live freely in Croatia, however, and just as Croatia joined the EU in July 2013, the Croatian parliament, led by former communists? Social Democrats hastily amended the country’s extradition law to ensure that Croatian compliance with European arrest warrants would only apply to alleged crimes committed after 2002. The decision caused annoyance in Germany and, after the European Commission threatened Croatia with sanctions the government in Zagreb was forced to back down. Perkovic was duly extradited to face trial in Germany in January 2014. Former Croatian president Ivo Josipovic also sided with Social Democrats in efforts to avoid the extradition of indicted Perkovic to Germany. After Perkovic, Zdravko Mustac was also extradited to Germany on associated charges and both are cur…. […]

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