#161 – The Red Republic

#161 – The Red Republic

Tito started his campaigning in the middle of 1941, after Operation Barbarossa had distracted the Nazis away from Yugoslavia. He met with the Chetnik leader Draza Mihajlovic to try to form a unified front. In Užice, a town of some 12,000 inhabitants, Tito proclaimed a...
#160 – The Greatest Of All Evils

#160 – The Greatest Of All Evils

The Jasenovac concentration camp, established in Slavonia, aka “the Auschwitz of the Balkans”, “specialized in one-on-one violence of a particularly brutal kind” and prisoners were primarily murdered manually with the use of blunt objects such...
#159 – Raging Mad

#159 – Raging Mad

In 1941, after the creation of the NDH, Ante Pavelić, the leader of the Catholic fascist Ustasha, went to Rome to receive the blessing of Pope Pius XII – while his administration was publicly saying they were going to kill a third of the Croatian Orthodox....
#158 – Catholic Fascists

#158 – Catholic Fascists

Today we start telling the story of the Independent State of Croatia, or NDH, lead by Ante Pavelić, and his Catholic fascist group, the Ustasha, after Hitler invaded and broke up the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1941. They built concentration camps to house and execute...
#157 – Operation Punishment

#157 – Operation Punishment

As caretaker secretary of the Yugoslav Party from 1937 to 1940, Tito first moved the Central Committee from Paris to Zagreb, then built up a new, young leadership loyal to him. These guys would be his inner circle for decades to come. When, in February 1941, the...
#156 – The Old Wet Baby Trick

#156 – The Old Wet Baby Trick

Back to Tito and Yugoslavia. In 1934, the Croat Catholics rose up against the Serb King Alexander, leading to his assassination by a Ustasha agent while visiting France. Meanwhile Stalin purged the leadership of the Yugoslav Communist Party, opening the door to a new...