Yugoslav Communists Did Not Liberate Croatia In 1945! Remembering Bleiburg Genocide

Cardinal Vinko Puljic (bottom centre) leading an online prayer
of Croatians across the world on Saturday 23 May 2020
Photo: Screenshot

“There is method in the madness” idiom originates I believe from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1602). Whoever wishes to subscribe to practicing double standards vis-à-vis victims of crimes, in order to justify an oppressive political regime such as communism, is on their own as far as humanity is concerned. Or at least, it should be that way!

There is no spectacular revelation one can make today regarding the radical evil of Yugoslav communist regime (and all other communist regimes particularly in Eastern Europe). That is, since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 what has emerged from the secret archives (and there are still many more to be examined once full access is granted) and other verifiable sources regarding the former communist regimes confirms the long-held view that communists engaged in revolutionary and brutal civil war to accomplish the total transformation of the economy, society, and culture. What is disturbing even more is the comprehensive and systematic justification of communist crimes that defines the method in the madness that is plaguing the world and humanity well into the 21st century. When comparing the number of victims of the communist regimes (between 85 and 100 million worldwide) with the number of people who perished under or because of Nazism (25 million worldwide) then in comparison by numbers of victims one can capture the dimension of horror of communism and its follower’s vicious attempts to avoid due condemnation of communism.

When despite the fact that the European Parliament had late 2019 declared communism, Nazism and fascism as criminal regimes of the past, Croatian politicians and antifascists celebrate even today the 15 May 1945 as the day of liberation of Croatia the world is brought to its knees in despair and misery that lies can inflict upon humanity, upon common sense, upon decency and dignity – upon the truth we seek and strive for.

Let’s get this straight Croatia was not liberated in May 1945 – Yugoslavia was liberated from masses of people who in WWII fought for liberation from oppressive Kingdom of Yugoslavia, led by Serbian Monarchy, so that communism could be installed. Whatever WWII Croatian Independent State (NDH) may have done, whatever crimes may and have been committed in the name of that state the irrefutable fact remains that an overwhelming majority opposing communist forces fought for an independent Croatia and did not indulge in committing crimes against anyone or anything. And for this they were punished, massacred, banished into exile, oppressed … and for this they are being punished and vilified even today!

The communist sympathisers’ protest in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in front of the Catholic cathedral when Cardinal Vinko Puljic held a commemorative mass on 16 May 2020 for the communist Yugoslavia victims at Bleiburg, Austria, in May 1945 and months and years that followed WWII, and the support these protesters rustled up from the World Jewish Congress, Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a number of former communist operatives from former Yugoslavia including its last President Stjepan Mesic attracted worldwide media coverage, which clearly exuded madness that attempts at justification of communist crimes promote. It is in essence pathological madness that is exuded. To discriminate among victims of true crime is a pathological trait that lingers on among human society, making it a truly sick one. The Mass in Sarajevo honoured all innocent victims of the war and post-war era, including all those killed without trial.

The protests or objections to this mass in Sarajevo rested on the rhetoric that hundreds of thousands of Croatian people murdered by Yugoslav communists after WWII ended do not deserve remembrance and respect owed to all victims; that they were murderers of Jews in WWII, of Serbs, of Roma; that they were all Ustashe or fascists…  In New York Times one could read:  “Honoring ‘the genocidal Ustasha state (NDH) is not only an insult to its victims and their families, but also to all those who opposed the crimes committed by the Ustasha,’ the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement on Thursday…” The Times of Israel, Reuters, The Associated Press, Haaretz, Al Jazeera America,  Deutsche Welle etc all promulgated and fired up the protesters’ views and opinions regarding the commemorative mass for victims and barely any promulgated the views and opinions of those who stood behind such a mass; indeed they were labelled as revisionists of WWII fascism and nationalism.

What a sad, sad time for humanity and truth!

If the protesters and their supporters think they scored new points for justification of communist crimes they need to re-examine their conscience, and reality! Nothing was gained from this protest and media frenzy apart from new lies added to the list of methods and tools communist followers use in order to justify the unjustifiable.

About 200,000 soldiers from the WWII Croatian defence forces marched to Bleiburg in May 1945 and about 500,000 civilians (including the elderly, women and children) went with them. They wanted nothing to do with communist Yugoslavia. They all wanted an independent Croatia, away from Yugoslavia.  Isn’t self-determination a right that the world celebrates?

The Sarajevo protesters in front of the Catholic Cathedral on May 16th and their supporters, including the Jewish World Congress and Simon Wiesenthal Centre are saying to the world that all those among the 700,000 Croatians fleeing communist Yugoslavia at the end of WWII – out of which more than 500,000 were murdered by that communist regime post WWII – deserved to be killed so brutally and massively because they all committed crimes against others!

They did not! If among them there were individuals that may have committed crimes during the War that did not and does not justify accusing of crimes without evidence everyone who was there. It is a depravity; it is evil to do so.

Talking to Croatian Catholic Radio, Cardinal Vinko Puljic said that “the Church has always respected innocent victims” and that the mass was not intended to celebrate anyone. He added that a “crime cannot be defended by (another) crime.”

“We want that double standards in respecting the victims of hatred and massacre be stopped,” Cardinal Vinko Puljic said after he held the mass in Sarajevo for victims of communist crimes.

Due to coronavirus restrictions only about 20 people attended the service which, like the protest, ended without incident. It is the world’s media passing on the WWII pro-communist sentiments and crimes’ justification that turned the mass into a spectacle of disorder; a disorder where certain crimes are justified on political grounds, devoid of humanity.

Cardinal Vinko Puljic
Photo: Fena

Sarajevo Times reported on May 17:

“In a sermon during the mass in the Sarajevo Cathedral on Saturday, Vrhbosna Cardinal Vinko Puljic pointed out that the victims of Bleiburg and all victims of hatred cannot be spoken of without ‘special tremors of the heart’ and that this is the main reason why he agreed to lead the Mass on the anniversary of 75 years of suffering in Bleiburg.

Prayer is the most sacred act, an act of respect, remembrance of them, the price of freedom that we build,’ stated Cardinal Puljic and added that this is how the evaluation of living is renewed. Cardinal Puljic said that the fate of peace was largely entrusted, not only to official state institutions. Human justice must prosecute crimes – said the cardinal, but also added that justice stands far from any blind urge for revenge and is guided by the common good.

We owe equal respect to every victim,’ – said the bishops and added that ‘liquidations without a court are always a grave crime before God and people.’

The Archbishop Puljic reminded that he was born in the time of Bleiburg, that all these years, as he said, the graves of the victims were not discovered, that they died without trial, ‘by the arbitrariness of those who boiled without hatred’. That is why yesterday he prayed for the victims of the Bleiburg field of Jasenovac, Glina, Srijemska Mitrovica, Dravograd, Sarajevo, Foca, Siroki Brijeg …

When the silence will rise from these graves depends on today’s authorities,’ said Cardinal Puljic. He added that a climate of coexistence, forgiveness, trust and reconciliation should be created here and today.”

The executions and mass murders known as “Bleiburg massacres/genocide” (although most murders happened away from Bleiburg once the Croats fleeing communist Yugoslavia were forcefully handed back to Yugoslavia by the British forces there) remained a taboo topic until the breakup of communist Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. A large event to commemorate the victims has for many years been held annually in Bleiburg. The Bleiburg commemoration of 2020 had been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and masses such as the one in Sarajevo were held instead, in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The protesters against the mass in Sarajevo and their supporters viciously attacked the holding of the mass also on grounds of coronavirus related restrictive measures – that it should not be held, that rules of restrictive measures must be adhered to by those who commemorate victims of Bleiburg. However they failed to do the same for the commemoration for the WWII Jasenovac camp victims (Jews, Serbs, Roma, Croats) held only several days before in Croatia!

Alarmingly, the antifascists (or communists in this case, wearing a cloak of false antifascism) do try forcing different rules for different “classes” of victims even though all are in one and the same class: victims!

HE Eric Nelson, the U.S. ambassador to Bosnia, said for the public, Radio Free Europe, on May 15 that commemorations should “focus on remembrance, not revisionism. Especially this year, when we mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, it is important for everyone to focus on two values of democracy – reconciliation and inter-religious dialogue.”  The U.S. Embassy in Bosnia called “on those organising the Bleiburg commemoration in Bosnia and Herzegovina to refrain from historical revisionism and retrograde rhetoric.” It is a pity and a shame that he even said that – since when is commemoration of victims a revisionism in the sense his words implied! Be that as it may, the facts of history must be revised. We clearly see the need for that when the protesters in Sarajevo and their supporters from the above-mentioned Jewish organisations and also Serbian Orthodox Church actually accuse, abominably, all of the 500,000 and more Croats murdered and executed by the communist regime of Yugoslavia as having been murderers themselves during WWII.

Some might call such commemoration as the one in Sarajevo an “opening of old wounds” but it’s blatantly evident that those who call it that with a view of criticising it have a great deal of guilt to hide. It is obvious for the sake of peace, for the sake of truth, that factual revision of WWII history of Croatia (written by the communists and their sidekicks) is no longer a choice. It is a must! Ina Vukic

 

At General Elections Show Solidarity With The Diaspora – The Most Important Investor And Tax Payer In Croatia

Both cynics and optimists (albeit with a heavy heart) have long indulged in the thinking that corruption (one of the predominant characteristics of doing private or government business inherited from communist Yugoslavia) in Croatia will continue to plague the country simply because the benefit of doing it outweighs its cost. After swindling millions from government projects and companies, the alarmingly large number of jailed corrupt officials and company directors can expect to walk out of prison and live the rest of their lives spending the ill-gotten riches or, others will avoid prosecution due to their connectedness to the corridors of power. Perhaps here also lies a reason why both HDZ and SDP-led governments of past two decades have committed travesty, to say the least, towards the Croatian diaspora, which is professionally experienced and knowledgeable about implementation of corruption-resistant legislation and procedures as well as developed in living in established democracies with despise for corruption in society.

Both HDZ and SDP-led governments of Croatia have particularly during the past decade made it increasingly difficult and most often impossible for Croatian citizens living in the diaspora to vote in the Croatian elections even though their right to vote is guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia. And yet, if it were not for the outstanding contribution the Croatian diaspora has made in the creation of today’s independent Croatia and if it were not for the continuous outstanding influx of money from the Croatian diaspora into Croatia that significantly reduces poverty in Croatia, Croatia would today undoubtedly be in a much worse economic and political position. Voters are the ones that steer and impact on positive (or negative) development of the economy as well as all other draw-cards of standard of living. The entitlement to reasonable access to polling booths has been made unreasonable for the Croatian diaspora during the past decade. Polling booths situated in community settings such as Croatian clubs have been abolished and citizens of Croatia living abroad wishing to vote during elections are forced to vote at the Croatian diplomatic-consular missions, which are unreasonably too far for most voters to travel to. Electronic and postal voting, the ultimate tool of democracy put in place by most democracies in the world, have eluded, purposefully, the resolve and actions of all governments in Croatia during the past two decades. The process of gaining Croatian citizenship for people living abroad of Croatian ancestry has been unreasonably difficult, slow and complicated. The foreign pensions taxation has been utterly unfair once a Croatian who has earned his/her pension abroad has returned to live in Croatia, his/her first homeland. The climate for setting-up business in Croatia has been made unreasonably difficult and riddled with destructive red tape. I could go on and on about the political and legislative climate in Croatia during the past two decades that has despite the governments’ open invitations for Croats to return from the diaspora worked against and in resistance of that very goal the governments’ have evidently been putting to the forefront of matters to be achieved during past mandates.

On the matter of paying tax in Croatia and its increasing (ill-gotten) association to the right to vote I, and indeed many, cringe in disbelief. That is, for few years now the Croatian public, both in Croatia and in the diaspora, has been bombarded with misguided, destructive and downright depraved attitudes that “Croatian diaspora should not be permitted to vote in Croatian elections because it does not pay tax in Croatia.” The fact that the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia provides for the right to vote to all citizens of the country, no matter where they live, is not even heard from the mouths of politicians belonging to governing coalitions. The fact that Croatian diaspora does in one way, or another, contribute significantly to the taxation revenue of the country is not heard from their mouths, either. It’s only the politicians of the “right-wing” opposition that express the facts of the Croatian diaspora’s tax contribution to Croatian government revenue from time to time. But this usually falls on deaf ears of mainstream media.

So, let’s take a brief stock of Croatian diaspora’s contribution to the taxation revenue of the Republic of Croatia. In 2019 the National Bank of Croatia has registered 1.74 billion euro remittance via bank transfers or deposits from the diaspora. This sum can easily be doubled if one takes into account cash physically brought into the country by Croats visiting Croatia or by sending cash to family in Croatia via visitors to the diaspora. If we assume, and it is safe to do so, that these enormous amounts of cash and remittances from the diaspora are spent in Croatia on goods and services then the tax revenue for Croatia contributed by the diaspora comes in through 25% valued-added tax (PDV) and it is stunningly great. What is more important in this, though, is the fact that bank remittances and physical cash that flows from the diaspora into Croatia also means that this money goes towards reduction of poverty in Croatia. Then, there are many returnees from the diaspora who bring in their foreign pensions, which are taxed at 12.25 to 40% depending on the height of the foreign pension and most are taxed at the higher rate of tax. If they were not Croatians from the diaspora who do not love their first homeland, they would not return to Croatia to live! Then there are investments and businesses set-up in Croatia by people from the Croatian diaspora (whether the investors or business owners live in Croatia or not) and tax revenue for the state from the diaspora follows. Then there are various land and property taxes Croats from the diaspora pay in Croatia. I could go on with this stocktaking of taxes paid or contributed to Croatia by the Croatian diaspora, but I believe that what I have listed here is sufficient to prove and demonstrate the point that Croatian diaspora does contribute to tax revenue of Croatia; it contributes significantly. Furthermore, paying taxes is not nor should it be a condition for the entitlement to vote in elections – citizenship is.

The governing and opposition politicians either by their lack of guidance towards the public on this matter or by direct fuelling of such ill-gotten attitudes towards the Croatian diaspora and its right to vote are to blame. These attitudes have a direct and destructive impact on the unity of Croatian people to work on a common goal of making Croatia a better and fairer place to live in for all. Only recently, a member of Croatian Parliament, Kreso Beljak, has stated for N1 television in Croatia that he “would abolish voting from the diaspora. The person who does not pay tax in Croatia has no place voting during elections.” One does not need to think hard in order to see the depravity in Beljak’s statement and opinion. If we take the Croatian diaspora out of his equation, is he also saying that Croatian citizens living in Croatia who do not pay tax (and there are multitudes – the unemployed, the low income earners, the tax evaders…) should also not be permitted to vote!? I have not come across any reprimand of Beljak by the governing or the main opposition coalition in Croatia for making such a statement on public TV.  I can only conclude that promulgation of such depraved and disparaging statement about the Croatian diaspora suits both the HDZ governing and the SDP opposition coalitions in Croatia. It seems that it suits their political agenda for them to distance and alienate the diaspora from its homeland, but in that the only losers are people (voters) in Croatia whose livelihood depends on the money and other remittances sent to them from the diaspora.

The logical solution here is for the upcoming elections in Croatia to bring about the result that would vote away (vote against) all political parties that have led governments of Croatia during the past two decades. One would hope that all Croatians living in Croatia who have had and are reaping the material benefits from their family members and friends living in the diaspora, benefits that helps them live a more decent life than what their income in Croatia allows, will cast their vote at elections in solidarity with the Croatian diaspora and reject both HDZ and SDP coalitions. Cast your vote for true change, not a change promised by those whose track record in essence shows no real change. How can anyone re-set the economy they actually managed to run down? Of course, they cannot! They lack knowledge! How can anyone rid the country of debilitating corruption that adversely affects lives of most Croatians in Croatia struggling to keep afloat, if they have not managed to do so in twenty years? Of course, they cannot! They lack will-power and knowledge!

Croatia’s parliament on Friday 15 May 2020 had on its agenda the motion put forward by the government coalition to dissolve on Monday 18 May, which will enable general elections to be held either late June or early July. By strengthening the role of other political forces besides HDZ and SDP, the long-awaited changes for Croatia have real chances, but it is necessary for every voter to take a national direction of betterment and progress. Solidarity with and respect for the diaspora is needed. Ina Vukic

 

 

 

 

 

Bleiburg Massacres of Croats: Tito – A Licence For Genocide

Map of mass graves of victims of communist Yugoslavia crimes against Croatians unearthed by May 2017 (since 1990)
Photo: Screenshot (map originally compiled by http://croatiarediviva.com

THIS VIDEO OF HISTORICAL FACTS REGARDING COMMUNIST CRIMES AGAINST CROATIANS AS WWII ENDED IS IN ENGLISH WITH SUBTITLES IN THE CROATIAN LANGUAGE

PLEASE WATCH! LEST WE FORGET!

In 1945, just a few days after the end of World War II, Tito and his partisans began the mass liquidation of men, women and children and all those they considered enemies of their dictatorship. The massacres began over 700,000 Croatian soldiers and civilians who were heading for British forces in Bleiburg (Austria) after the war, hoping the British would accept them because they guaranteed all refugees free passage to safe American zones in Italy under the Geneva Convention.
Instead of passing them to Italy, the British loaded people into trains and trucks and fraudulently sent them back to communist Yugoslavia, directly into the hands of Tito’s assassins. Others were forced into death marches that stretched across Yugoslavia. Most of these people were tortured, humiliated and killed in large masses.
This film shows the unique testimonies of English officers, penitent partisans and murderers, Bleiburg survivors, and historians and researchers of crimes committed. With the help of historical documents and newly discovered mass graves, this film clearly describes the violation of the Geneva Convention and international law that led to the Bleiburg tragedy or the Holocaust of the Croatian people.

 

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