These images are very graphic, documenting visually the level of sadistic violence visited indiscriminately upon any Serbian civilians in Croatia at the hands of the fascists of the NDH, the Independent State of Croatia.
Croatian fascist leader Ante Pavelic makes his first state visit to Nazi Germany 16 June 1941. From left to right: Pavelic, Hitler, Hermann Goering.
The Ustashe symbol – the crucifix with knife, grenade and pistol – was present when Ustashe took their military oaths.
Recruitment Poster for Croatian and Bosnian Muslim SS Divisions.
In February 1943, SS leader Heinrich Himmler established two Croatian-Bosnian Muslim SS divisions: the 13th “Handschar” and the 23rd “Kama” Waffen SS divisions. Unsuccessful in their main task – to defeat Tito’s Partisans – “it confined itself chiefly to massacring and pillaging the defenseless [Serb] Christians.” -from John Keegan’s Waffen SS – The Asphalt Soldiers, 1970. The recruitment poster above reads: Croatians of Herzeg-Bosnia! Your Great Leaders Adolf Hitler and the Fuhrer Dr. Ante Paveli CALL UPON YOU TO DEFEND YOUR HOMES ENLIST IN THE VOLUNTEER CROATIAN SS DIVISIONS
As a clerical-fascist state, the Catholic clergy were integrated into the highest levels of government. Above, Zagreb Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac (far right) officiates at a Croatian state ceremony in 1941.
Nada Tanic – Luburic and Maja Slomic – Budjon, the women commandants of the women’s camp in Stara Gradiska.
Civilians marched to death camp
Emaciated Children at Death Camp
Aloysius Viktor Stepinac, archbishop of Roman Catholic church, who supported Ustashe regime.
Jasenovac prisoners behind barbed wire
Mutilated woman at Jasenovac
Mutilated body at Jasenovac
Serb children rescued from Jasenovac
Entrance to the infamous concentration camp of Jasenovac. The sign reads, “Work service of the Ustashi Defense Assembly Camp Nr. III.”
Head of Serbian Orthodox priest held as trophy.
Jewish children taken to Jasenovac
A child in one of the Jasenovac Camps. (Photo courtesy of Marko Rucnov)
Hundreds of thousands of Serbs in the Independent State of Croatia were massacred
in their own towns and villages. This picture shows the exhumation of victims in
Sarajevo in April 1945 with relatives present for identification.
(Photo courtesy of Marko Rucnov)
Jasenovac Camp commander Maks Luburic and Nazi Lieutenant Schmidt interview Jasenovac prisoners for forced labor in Nazi munitions factories in Germany at Jasenovac on 12 June 1942. Thousands of Serbs and Yugoslav Jews who were forced to work in Nazi wartime industry have never received a penny in compensation from the official Claims Commission. (Photo courtesy of Marko Rucnov) WE ARE STILL WAITING!
Official Ustashe ceremony with Jasenovac Camp Commander Maks Luburic (second from left), Croation Ustashe Fuhrer Ante Pavelic, German Nazi representative Gen. Glaise von Horstenan, and Ustashe leader Kvartnik.
One of the central Jasenovac camps, “Ciglane” (the brick factory), as it appeared after the departure of the Ustashe in April 1945. (Photo courtesy of Marko Rucnov)
Croatian fascist leader Ante Pavelic awarding the Archbishop A. Stepinac the highest honor (medal shown here in photograph) of the Croatian Nazi state. Stepinac was both an official and an accomplice in the Holocaust in Yugoslavia. The Catholic Church to this day refuses to
acknowledge their involvement or the guilt of Stepinac. (Photo courtesy of Marko Rucnov)