SIEGE OF VUKOVAR – NOW IN ENGLISH

The book “Siege of Vukovar” by Ante Nazor (Author) and Anica Maric (Contributor) is now released in English.

Currently distributed via Amazon.

“In the summer of 1991 the Yugoslav People’s Army and Serb paramilitary formations attacked the city of Vukovar in a bid to deliver a knock out blow to the nascent Croatian army and force the Croatian government to cede a third of its territory to Serbia. The plan was to take the city in a matter of days and then swiftly advance westwards, as far as the Croatian capital city of Zagreb. The Serbian government and YPA leadership miscalculated badly. The Croatian forces in Vukovar put up a stiff resistance and repulsed the attack, inflicting a huge number of casualties on the YPA and Serb paramilitaries. The Serbs, at that point, had no option but to besiege Vukovar and wore down the defenders by subjecting the city to merciless artillery bombardment and aerial attacks. The siege lasted for three months. The defenders, vastly outnumbered and armed only with small arms, beat back numerous onslaughts on the city but in the end, starved, exhausted and out of ammunition they had no choice but to surrender. By that time the YPA’s artillery had reduced Vukovar to rubble. Contrary to the agreed terms of surrender the Serb occupiers put the city to the sack and bestially slaughtered hundreds of POWs and civilians. Ante Nazor gives us a comprehensive account of the Battle of Vukovar and Anica Maric the story of her struggle for survival in the beleaguered city.”

New Book In English On Croatian War of Independence By Ante Nazor

Front Cover of Ante Nazor's book

Front Cover of
Ante Nazor’s book

The Zvonko Busic Taik Foundation (Zaklada Zvonko Bušić) from Croatia, founded and molded by Zvonko Busic’s widow, the well-known American author and activist Julienne Eden Busic, is doing an authoritative job in the spreading of Croatian truth into the English language. Already, in its relatively short existence, the foundation has organised and facilitated the translation into English and publication of three major works that unmistakably make enormous contributions to recording the truth about the Croatian Homeland War and Croatian history. These are vital efforts towards spreading the truth about Croatia across the world, as there is, as a matter of anti-Croatian political propaganda, a great deal of disinformation, false information and half-truths out there.
As the Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation it relies on assistance and cooperation from institutes, businesses, government grants, individual donations. Julienne Busic has informed me that the strong start in 2015 of the Foundation’s translation work has been much helped via generous donations and good-will of Australian Croatians, especially via a radiothon hosted by Mr Pero Maric. Besides two more books currently in production the books so far translated and published by the Foundation are: “The Eye of the Storm”, by Ante Gugo about which I have written previously, the second “All Visible Things: Memoirs”, by Zvonko Busic, the third, just published is “The Croatian War of Independence: Serbia’s War of Conquest Against Croatia and the Defeat of Serbian Imperialism 1991-1995” by Ante Nazor.

Julienne Busic Photo: Dino Stanin/Pixsell

Julienne Busic
Photo: Dino Stanin/Pixsell

Ante Nazor’s book is a must read and must have and, indeed, a perfect gift to local libraries, members of parliament, history departments at Universities across the world.

Dr Ante Nazor, Head of the Croatian Memorial Document Archives of the Homeland War in Zagreb, Croatia, a historian and Croatian war veteran, originally wrote the book in the Croatian language (“Velikosrpska agresija na Hrvatsku 1990-tih”).

In reality, this book is the answer to many years of disinformation within the Croatian public space that attempts to neglect the cause of the war, equalise aggressor’s and victim’s responsibility, show the Homeland War as a ‘civil war’, and attempt to show the Croatian leadership, especially the President Franjo Tudjman, as responsible for deportation of Serbs from Croatia and aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Dr. Nazor at one of many presentations of his book across Croatia.

The media’s picture of the Greater Serbian aggression (against Croatia) is completely different from the truth,” Nazor emphasises, hoping that the truth about the events will prevail in the end.

Ante Nazor Photo: narod.hr

Ante Nazor
Photo: narod.hr

Nazor’s book is a meticulous chronology of the political and military processes lading to Croatian independence and an unparalleled collection of documentation on the Serbian aggression against the Republic of Croatia, all of which easily debunk the oft-repeated and uninformed mantras that the conflict was a ‘civil war’ or a result of ‘ancient tribal feuds’. An indispensable resource for historians, researchers and the everyday reader,” writes Dr Miroslav Tudjman, founder and the former chief of Croatian Intelligence services currently serving as Member of Croatian Parliament, on the back cover of the book.

Ante Nazor book back cover

Ante Nazor book
back cover

The Croatian War of Independence: Serbia’s War of Conquest Against Croatia and the Defeat of Serbian Imperialism 1991-1995 tells the compelling story of Croatia’s defeat, against all odds, of the Yugoslav People’s Army and numerous Serb paramilitary formations in defense of its independence and internationally recognized territory. This book offers in vivid detail many answers to the often-posed question ‘what happened in the Balkans in the first half of the 1990s?’ Ante Nazor’s blend of keen academic insight and extensive research shows irrefutably that Serbian imperialism, based on the might of the Yugoslav People’s Army and the aggressive concept of ‘Greater Serbia’, caused profound destruction and loss of life on a scale unseen on the continent since the end of WWII. The main importance of this book is that it clearly illustrates the danger Serbian imperialism would have posed to Europe had not the Croatian Armed Forces, forged in the desperate struggle to save the country, broken the back of the Yugoslav People’s Army and put an end to Serbia’s imperialistic aspirations,” writes Prof. Ivo Lucic PHD of the Croatian Institute of History.

 

A time for giving is always but at Christmas – especially so. All the Foundation’s books can be ordered by title and author on Amazon, but if people don’t like to order that way, they can order in their local bookstore! The Foundation puts a great deal of effort into getting these books out and even purchases small numbers in America or as many as it can afford and has them sent to major universities and politicians in the United States. I think Croatian clubs and organisations and even individuals across the world could follow suit and send a Foundation book to their local politician, their local library, High school, university… So if you are a member of a Croatian club or an organisation out there, or a supporter of Croatia and its truth, make this Christmas and New Year Season a season for Croatian truth – purchase these books and ask for them to be shipped as gift to your nearest university, your local politician, your local library. Thank you. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps.(Syd)

 

Click on link and connect to Amazon or Createspace for these books this Christmas and New Year’s holiday season

 

Front Cover of book by Ante Gugo translated into English "In The Eye Of The Storm"

Front Cover of
book by Ante Gugo
translated into English
“In The Eye Of The Storm”

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all-visible-things-cover

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An Amazon Customer Review on “All Visible things”:
“This is one of those books that take the reader on a journey. The narrative has that rare power to transport the reader to another place, another reality, another spiritual realm. Those readers who have not sold their souls will be taken to the scariest place in all creation – the inner depths of their essence. Those readers who have jettisoned their souls will be given a chance to claim them back.

All Visible Things is a work of non fiction written by an adventurer and idealist. It is also a philosophical treatise on human values and morals. The cast of characters is huge and many a historical figure jumps unexpectedly from the pages, giving poignancy, credence and currency to Zvonko Busic’s philosophies and everything he stands for and represents.

This book will surely be, in time, recognised as one of the most important works of the 21st century. A must read.”

 

Front Cover of Ante Nazor's book

Front Cover of
Ante Nazor’s book

 

LINK HERE for Amazon

And

LINK HERE for Createspace (https://www.createspace.com/6722445) where at his stage printed version may be accessed for purchase

 

 

Croatia: Looking To Turn Right At Elections

 

Dr. sc. Ante Nazor Photo source: povijest.net

Dr. sc. Ante Nazor
Photo source: povijest.net

Croatia votes today September 11 for its new government and one hopes that the majority of voters will, as they put pen to paper, behold the priceless value for Croatian independence, freedom from communist oppression and democracy the 1990’s Homeland War has and must always have.

The past many months have seen constant false accusations against Croatia that attempt to convince the world that there is revisionism and turning to WWII type of nationalism and WWII Ustasha politics. These allegations have been coming from all sides – domestic and foreign left-leaning press, especially. At times it has felt as if the resulting political divisions within Croatia were set-up to cause dangerous outbursts and violence in the streets (much like the racist ones presently going on for example in the US associated with the presidential race or in the UK associated with the Brexit vote). Furthermore, the resulting dangerous divisions in Croatia these false accusations of revived nationalism don’t even try to hide the left political field’s ugly media manipulation, the preferential employment of politically desirable persons in public administration, secret services special war, lies, historical falsifications, the ongoing attempts to attribute equal guilt to the aggressor and the victim for the 1990’s war where Serbs and Serbia were the aggressor.

 

The best result for Croatian immediate future would be if the centre-right or conservative political camps win government outright or with majority. This is undoubtedly so because the future government would have the ability and enough power to address the false allegations of revived nationalism against Croatia and hopefully “shut the gob” of its enemies and get on with the job of improving the economy and standards of living as well as democratic life of citizens.
The desperation of the Left – former communists- to win government, undoubtedly in order to pursue its vilification of Croatian Homeland war and the degradation of its veterans, is visible in the Social Democrats’ leader Zoran Milanovic saying last week that his grandfather was a Croatian ultra-nationalist Ustasha during WWII! Oh dear, does he really think Croatian voters are that naïve so as to warm up to the idea of voting “left” just because there may have been as Ustasha in a communist’s family tree? I don’t think Milanovic used this announcement regarding his grandfather for a good cause for Croatia – it was planted to further build on false allegations that in Croatia there is revival of WWII brand of nationalism.

 

In a recent interview Dr Ante Nazor, Head of the Croatian Memorial Document Archives of the Homeland War in Zagreb, addressed these issues and possible sources of false allegations against Croatia obviously designed to cause deep and violent divisions among the Croatian people. “As a scientist I do not divide people or their actions as being ‘left’ or ‘right’ politically oriented, but as those who follow scientific methodology and those who do not, and whether we are dealing here with the activities of ‘UDBA’ (communist Yugoslavia secret police) or “Kosovo-type” of structures or whether the motives for turning the public attention away from the economy to topics from history that are of a different nature, seem to me less important than the fact that these topics in the media are present in a most unscientific manner,” said Dr Nazor and continued: “Therefore, at a time when the media in Croatia is overwhelmed with warnings that Croatia may face a renewal of ‘nationalism’, which is often unjustly equated to chauvinism, and at this time when certain domestic and foreign public interest groups are trying to convince people that ‘fascismisation’ and ‘ustasheisation’ is at work in Croatia’s society, despite the fact that that no political party in Croatia whose program is based on Nazi or fascist ideology or racial laws would pass the required electoral threshold at elections, it’s interesting here to note Anne Applebaum’s observation (in the Fall and Rise of the Communists), published in late 1994, that ‘in Central Europe the greatest danger to democracy and stability does not come nor has it ever come from new or old nationalist right (…) but from the old left, the remains of communist parties that have remained better organised and financed than any new right-wing party might be.’ She notes that ‘the West should be interested in the Central European right and healthy nationalist movements, because they are defending tradition, order, order, law and family values,’ but these are often replaced by ‘patriotism – a natural occurrence there where there was effective occupation – with dangerous militarism, and that rational patriotism can now create a state of mind which is equally important, along with the respect of legality, for the development of democracy as are peaceful borders and parliamentary elections’. The readers may judge for themselves how this observation applies to the Croatian society of the 1990s to the present.”

 

It does not matter what we call this occurrence of false allegations against Croatia but it does matter that ever since the first parliamentary elections in 1990 in Croatia, which saw Croatia’s overwhelming will to secede fro communist Yugoslavia, the Croatian and international media space have been riddled continuously with incorrect or incomplete information, with lies and half-truths, in order to discredit Croatia’s Homeland War; in order to protect the legacy of communist Yugoslavia’s “brotherhood and unity” as something that should not have been torn apart and in order to justify Serbia’s brutal attacks and genocide against Croats who wanted freedom and democracy.
Part of these ‘activitists’ persistently seeks that the War be represented as a ‘civil war’, which is contrary to the facts,” said dr Nazor, “this was a war of conquest in order to achieve the overall objective of the Greater Serbia policy – ‘that all Serbs live in one state’, as the then Serbian leadership headed by Slobodan Milosevic tried to achieve merger with Serbia of substantial parts of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Those who speak of ‘civil war’, not only avoid mentioning the responsibility of Serbia for war, but ignore the fact that the war was fought for the sake of merging parts of Croatian territory of Serbia, and not because of the change of government in Croatia…”

 

Dr Ante Nazor reminds us that the Homeland War is and should be the strongest foundation upon which Croatia’s future should be built. It was a war that was fought on Croatian sovereign territory by all those who stood against the Greater Serbia aggressor by defending their homes and Homeland; it was a war that was a Homeland War, a war of defense and a war of liberation, said Dr Nazor.

I trust Croatia’s voters will remember this as they vote today and in that reject the false allegations and divisions former communists are fueling every day. Good luck Croatia with the voting and if the left side wins it will mean much more work is required to right the wrongs. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

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