#172 – Obrad

#172 – Obrad

My guest today is Obrad. He grew up in Tito’s Yugoslavia and joined the Yugoslav Armed Forces in the late 1970s. Today he lives in Canberra, Australia. Obrad HOW TO LISTEN If you are seeing this message, it means you aren’t a subscriber (or aren’t...
#171 – Lovro & Izak

#171 – Lovro & Izak

This week we have a couple of guests from Slovenia – Lovro and Izak. They are 20-year-old students of international relations at The University of Ljubljana. They joined Cam on Zoom a few weeks ago to talk about Slovenia today and how the era of Tito and the...
#170 – RAYLA

#170 – RAYLA

Although all of the Ustashi leadership managed to escape Yugoslavia, one remained behind – Archbishop Stepinac. Not really a leader, more like an enthusiastic supporter. When Tito’s attempts to get him to publicly apologise for the crimes of the Catholics fails,...
#169 – Escaping Yugoslavia

#169 – Escaping Yugoslavia

Chetniks escaping from Yugoslavia get shelter from the Vatican, but their leaders eventually settle in the UK and USA. Thousands of other fleeing Yugoslavs are sent back home by the British while almost all the leading Ustasha vanished in Austria and did not reappear...
#168 – Brotherhood & Unity

#168 – Brotherhood & Unity

The new Yugoslavia tries to industrialise. Tito enjoys the luxury that came with being the Premier and gets a new wife, but his biggest issue in the years immediately following the war was how to unite the country. Hundreds of thousands of anti-Communist Yugoslavs...
#166 TITO THE LESBIAN

#166 TITO THE LESBIAN

The near catastrophe of the Seventh Offensive led to recriminations between the British and Tito but it showed the Germans regarded Tito as a serious foe. Himmler said in a speech later in 1944: ‘He is our enemy, but I wish we had a dozen Titos in Germany, men who...
#165 – Dead Men On Leave

#165 – Dead Men On Leave

At the second session of AVNOJ, 29 November 1943, the delegates became a legislative assembly under the Presidency of Tito, who was proclaimed Marshal. But this momentous occasion was followed by tragedy. During the winter of 1943–4 the Germans carried out ‘Operation...
#164 – Fitzroy Maclean

#164 – Fitzroy Maclean

Churchill sends Brigadier Fitzroy Maclean, one of the founders of the SAS, to Tito as his official representative. Churchill’s decision to support Tito and Partisans – ie communists – over the Chetnik royalists has been the subject of much debate and anger...
#163 – IF IT BLOATS IT FLOATS

#163 – IF IT BLOATS IT FLOATS

In November 1942 Tito set up his first form of Communist government, the Anti-Fascist Council for Yugoslavia (AVNOJ). Hitler asks Mussolini to send all of the Croatian Jews to German camps – Mussolini agrees, but his troops, lead by General Mario Roatta, refused to...