No Fading Of Memory For Communist Crimes

Roman Leljak
Photo: Ina Vukic

To not give due attention to communist crimes in former Yugoslavia during and post-WWII is as evil as committing them. According to Rudolph J. Rummel – a US based world authority on communist crimes, mass murders committed in the name of the state, the body count attributed to communist Yugoslavia mass murders goes beyond the number of 1,072,000 between 1945 and 1992. Hundreds of thousands of these bodies are Croatian; hundreds of thousands of mass graves unearthed since the end of Croatia’s war of independence of early 1990’s. The search and unearthing of mass graves continues to this day and the whole ugly truth of communist crimes may never be uncovered. The latter is particularly relevant as the political and governing elite in Croatia continue hampering research into communist crimes and give insignificant, if any, financial support for the pursuit of this ugly truth. A great deal of those are either themselves former communist operatives or have a family member who was.

Roman Leljak, based in Slovenia but also in Croatia for the purposes of research and drawing public attention to the communist crimes, has worked for a long time to bring the calamity of communist crimes to wider public attention as well as supporting those who are also still trying to uncover the full facts about the many massacres of Croats and other former Yugoslavia nationals. The period his research focuses on is particularly the one immediately after the end of WWII when the British Army’s forced repatriation to Josip Broz Tito’s communist Yugoslavia from Austria of people who were in flight from communist Yugoslavia sent the forcefully repatriated into quick death, murdered by Tito’s communists (Partisans).

The killings, that mostly occurred within hours or days upon reaching Slovenia from Austria were done with massive disorder, a massive wickedness, massive and vicious evil – a massive sadness and anguish for the victims and their families as well as for the Croatian nation. To the communists the people murdered as well as those brutally oppressed because they did not subscribe to communism in the decades that followed under the communist totalitarian regime had no intrinsic worth and had to be destroyed one way or another. The result had been the mass elimination of people who thought differently, or just were in the way. The communists had had various options for disposing of so many bodies. Throwing them into karst rock crevasses, burying them in mining tunnels or antitank trenches, or digging large pits deep in the forests.

One particularly appalling killing site was the St. Barbara Tunnel near Huda Jama, where meticulous efforts to cover up the crime afterward were successful for over 60 years. The grim remains of multitudes of victims were uncovered only in 2008. In April 2017 I posted a Roman Leljak article on communist crimes over Croats and others he is researching in Slovenia and the Australian public had the opportunity to hear him speak in various places during this current week. The facts Leljak uncovers are chilling to the core. The communist brutality, as researched archive material show, defines the darkest and the most evil of places human beings can occupy.

Among fourteen Roman Leljak’s publications is the book “Huda Pit – the strictly guarded secret”, compilations of Yugoslav Secret Service documents, etc. and his thorough research into communist crimes continues.

One cannot but admire Leljak who is faced with personal sacrifices in order to bring to the world the full truth of communist atrocities against innocent people. Leljak, like many other scientists and historians, in the pursuit of absolute truth have on the main been left to themselves and their personal know-how and connections and this, in particular, evidences the fact that corrupt communist morality still controls the runes that mark official history in Croatia, Slovenia and other former Yugoslavia states.

We cannot build modern Croatia (modern Europe, modern world) upon the shifting sands of deliberate historical lies and cover-ups. Croatia itself, while marking commemorations to victims of communist crimes, is unable to come to terms with what happened during the reign of the communist totalitarian regime. Because these communist massacres were on such an enormous scale, it is scarcely an exaggeration to say that most Croatians now alive will have some connection through friends or family to either the victims of these massacres or those who ordered and committed them.

This is a heavy psychological burden for the whole country to carry and it must be downloaded into admission of guilt and prosecution not only of the communist totalitarian regime but also of individuals who took part in these atrocities against humanity. Talking about justice for the victims of communist crimes in Croatia is a difficult pursuit entered into by justice-conscious individuals who are often ridiculed and publicly ostracised by former communists. There has been no high-level support even for research let alone talking about justice for the victims and their families. Communist Yugoslavia symbols are still freely displayed and flaunted at every opportunity that arises and especially in those where resistance to the historical truth is on someone’s agenda. Croatia’s former communist operatives and their prominent younger family members present themselves as respectable members of European social democracy, tiptoeing steadily away from the disagreeable issues of communist crimes and hoping that memory of them simply fades away.

Charles Billich
Photo: Ina Vukic

It is for those who truly stick their neck out for humanity to turn the numbers of communist crimes victims back into people. If that cannot be done then Josip Broz Tito and the communists, not the defenders who fought in Croatia’s Homeland War for independence from communism, have shaped not only Croatia but humanity as well! And this unacceptable eventuality will ripple its dark effects beyond Croatia’s borders.

A few days ago I had an opportunity of discussing communist crimes in Croatia with Charles Billich, the Australia based world-renowned artist of Croatian descent who is planning on creating a monument of truth in Croatia dedicated to victims of communist crimes and of Croatia’s Homeland War. Billich told me how he lost twelve members from his family to communist crimes, when he was a child living in communist Yugoslavia. Exposed to communist crimes at an early age he remembers the profound anguish felt at the brutal loss of uncles, aunties, cousins…some being thrown alive into “foibe” (existing bottomless karst sinkholes on dormant volcanic land)… he remembers the people calling the mass killers bandits and that slowly it was revealed they were Partisans… Tito was like Stalin, a common killer, said Billich. Ina Vukic



  1. Keep up the good work in revealing the truth about the blood sucking communists and red parasites! Sadly, their leeching mentality pervades the Croatian political class even today.

    YUsipovic and Mesic the communist standard-bearers always denied the truth – how they became Presidents of Croatia I will never understand.

  2. smiling to your
    truth for justice 🙂

  3. Congratulations Ina Vukic on so many superb articles you are highlighting the truth of “ communist Yugoslavia mass murders goes beyond the number of 1,072,000 between 1945 and 1992.”

    It gives me the great pleasure to acknowledge that a Croatian women is doing such an important and truthful job that is informing the whole English speaking world of genocide that Yugoslavs have

    committed upon Croatian and other nations.

    Keep on going such an important job.

    Thank you very much and please have a great day,

    Jozo Cuk

  4. I attended Roman’s presentation at Kin Tom Club last Friday, the highlights included actual correspondence from Belgrade archives between Tito and his generals which showed he was involved in detail with the killings of hundreds of thousands of Croatians and ten thousand Chetniks. The generals were instructed to “not to bring back prisoners”. Its seems the Croatian media are not interested in these facts. Another interesting document showed the Australian government assistance to the communist regime in identifying Croatian “terrorist”, which we were shown documentation with the Australian Coat of Arms, from a Belgrade archive. I look forward to the publishing of UDBA agents within Australia, and providing a copy to Tony Jones of the ABC. The question was posed to Roman and remains, how does Croatia clear itself from such a large communist influence, close to half the population? This is the hand brake on a modern Croatian state, until its released “it ain’t going anywhere in a hurry”! The Croatian archives need to be opened, just like a “band aid that needs to be ripped off”. Yes painful at first, but beneficial for the future.

    • We are and should be all over it, Splithead – truth will out…archive material is so essential and is being accessed as Leljak’s work and other’s so far indicated the terrible shame is that Croatian government chooses not to fund that essential research etc or only gives a minor amount one couldn’t last a day on.

  5. This must be hard work but I’m sure it will be of use. At the least, in deterring such behaviour in the future. 🙂

    • The way things go Graham, on the main, in the world, one doubts very much humanity has learned lessons from the past but if individuals pursue light, light we shall have in the end. At least that is the dream

  6. Quite so.

    I take hope from seeing how things have improved over the long term. Too slow compared with the span of our lives but dogged just the same. The dream keeps on being born and so will persist and prevail.

    Have a nice day/year/life. 🙂


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