Saturday, May 16, 2020

Bosnia: Protesters condemn Mass for WWII Croat Nazi collaborators / "BBC" May 16, 2020

May 16, 2020

Bosnia: Protesters condemn Mass for WWII Croat Nazi collaborators

Security has been stepped in Bosnia-Herzegovina's capital Sarajevo ahead of a Mass to honour Croatia's Nazi collaborators in World War Two.

Photo: Reuters

Anti-fascists organisations and activists took to the streets of the city to protest against the religious service.

The annual event, usually held in the Austrian town of Bleiburg where Croatia's pro-Nazi Ustasha regime troops had gone to surrender to British forces, was moved to Bosnia because of coronavirus restrictions.

Photo: Reuters

Thousands of people marched in Sarajevo, as police closely watched. There were no reports of violence.

Photo: Reuters

The fascist Ustasha regime ruled Croatia as a puppet regime of Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1945, their country having been expanded to include all of Bosnia and some parts of Serbia.

During that period, they set about exterminating the Serb, Jewish, and Gypsy inhabitants.

Photographs showing victims of Nazi forces and the Ustasha regime had been placed along the route of the protest march.

Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Big crowds later gathered in the city centre, as the Mass was condemned by Sarajevo's mayor, the president of Croatia, and the World Jewish Congress. The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center described the event as a "travesty of memory and justice".

Photo: Reuters

Police sealed off the area around the Sacred Heart Cathedral, where the Mass was held on Saturday morning. Sarajevo Archbishop Vinko Puljic, who led the service, rejected all the accusations and said praying for victims' souls did not mean approval of their acts.

Photo: EPA

A similar memorial event was held in Croatia's capital Zagreb. Tens of thousands of Nazi-allied Croatian soldiers and their families fled to Austria at the end of World War Two. But British forces handed them over to Yugoslav partisans, who killed many of them at Bleiburg and on a forced march back to Yugoslavia.


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Monday, April 27, 2020


General Dragoljub Draza Mihailovich


There is no grave site. There is no marker for his remains. It is as if they wanted to remove him not just from the earth but from the history of his country and the consciousness of his people. But they failed. Nowhere is this more evident than in those hills of Serbia they call Ravna Gora. And it is in those Ravna Gora hills where the true soul and spirit of Serbia can still be found.

July 17th is an important day for those who knew who he was and what he did. His name may or may not be familiar to you, but he may have been as important a figure in history as those whose names are imprinted in the national consciousness. He was Yugoslavia's General Draza Mihailovich, a Serb, whose life was taken from him on July 17, 1946. He was only 53 years old. He didn't die during the war, killed in battle. Instead, his life would end in the time of peace. He was a true hero, and he may have been one of the last of his kind in a part of the world that so desperately needs people like him today. As a child growing up very far away from where he made his mark, I came to know who he was in a very personal way.

Draza Mihailovich was born at the end of April 1893 in the small town of Ivanjica in the western part of the Kingdom of Serbia. He became an orphan as a young child, losing both his mother and father by the time he was only seven years old, and would be raised in Belgrade by close relatives. Through his uncles Draza developed an early love for the military and it would soon become his life. He excelled at the Military Academy and was groomed to become an officer. His fate would be sealed by virtue of the timing of his birth. His destiny was to become a participant in war after war, beginning with the First and Second Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913, then WWI (1914-1918), and finally WWII (1941-1945) during which he attained the rank of "General" and his name and cause became known all over the world. To this day he remains among the most decorated military officers in history. General Mihailovich was the kind of officer any man would be proud to serve under.

He was a true believer in the ideals of freedom and democracy and wanted those ideals to be the hallmark of his beloved Serbia. He was not a political man, and this would prove to be both his great virtue and his undoing. He knew and understood his people and was loyal to both them and to the democratic Western Allies in whom he believed. When the Nazis attacked and occupied Yugoslavia in April of 1941 and her government and army surrendered, making Yugoslavia yet another in the long line of Hitler's successful conquests in Europe, Draza Mihailovich opted not to surrender, but to resist. With him he took less than 100 men into the hills of Ravna Gora, Serbia in early May of 1941 and began a successful guerrilla resistance that would be the first of its kind in all of Nazi-occupied Europe in WWII.

Mihailovich made his position clear to the Germans. When the Germans attempted an armistice, he was unequivocal: "As long as a single enemy soldier remains on our soil, we shall continue to fight...Our fighting spirit is based on the traditions of a love for liberty and our unflinching faith in the victory of our Allies."

The Germans did not capitulate or evacuate. Mihailovich was good to his word. Severe and cruel Nazi reprisals began against the innocent Serbian civilian population in order to stop the resistance. The Nazi order issued in September of 1941 was unequivocal: For every one German soldier killed, 100 Serbian civilians were to pay with their lives. For every one German wounded, 50 Serbian civilians would pay the ultimate price. Because he was a compassionate man who loved his people, Mihailovich was compelled to alter his means of fighting the enemy in order to spare the lives of the innocents. He and his fighters would prove very adept at the sabotage campaigns that were crippling to the Nazi war machine.

Mihailovich's resistance to the Nazi forces that had attacked and occupied his homeland would have far-reaching implications for the outcome of the entire war. The Allies, bigger and stronger than he and his guerrilla fighters would come to owe much of the success of the Allied campaign against Hitler to Draza Mihailovich and his Chetniks.

The most tangible legacy of the resistance initiated in Serbia by General Mihailovich and his Chetniks in May of 1941 against Hitler's war machine was this: Hitler would be forced to keep several of his divisions in Yugoslavia just to fight the guerrilla resistance that had by now grown in number and foiled his plans for an easy conquest of Serbia. The ultimate consequence of this would prove fatal for the German Army.

Because Hitler was forced to keep several of his divisions in Serbia, his plan for the invasion of Moscow (Operation Barbarossa) was delayed for several weeks in the spring of 1941. The delay proved to be critical. By the time the German forces were within reach of Moscow, the brutal Russian winter had set in, and that was a force the Nazis could not overcome. Had the German forces not been delayed by the Mihailovich resistance in Yugoslavia, Moscow may well have fallen and the course of history would have been much different. Do the historians highlight or even talk about this very significant aspect of WWII? No, not yet, and that is what needs to change.

As pivotal as this delay caused by the resistance was, in the eyes of those whose lives General Mihailovich and his Chetniks affected directly, a feat was later accomplished that was even more significant.

During the course of the Allied bombing campaigns of the Ploesti oil fields in Romania, Hitler's primary supply of oil in the summer of 1944, hundreds of Allied airmen were shot down over Yugoslavia by the Germans. Over 700 of these airmen, more than 500 of them Americans, would end up on Serbian territory, but behind enemy lines, because it was occupied by the Germans. These Allied airmen would be rescued and protected and nursed back to health by the Serbs loyal to Mihailovich who, at great risk to themselves, would shelter, feed, and protect these men who were foreigners on their soil. Ultimately, these airmen, to the very last one, would be returned safely to their homes and their families as a result of a series of evacuations from August through December of 1944 now known as "The Halyard Mission" that would become the greatest rescue of American lives from behind enemy lines in the history of warfare. It was a grand rescue under extreme duress for they were surrounded by the occupying Nazi forces. 500 American young men would return home to become fathers and husbands and grandfathers who would tell their children and grandchildren the story of how their lives had been saved so many thousands of miles away by a man named Draza Mihailovich. Today, there are many Americans among us, both young and old, who owe their lives to this man.

The most significant aspect of these rescues was that General Mihailovich evacuated these hundreds of Allied airmen after the Allies had betrayed and abandoned him. For me, that will always be the measure of this man who personified honor in the flesh.

General Mihailovich would turn out to be a very tragic hero. Due to political game-playing, a severe lack of foresight, and devastating betrayal, Mihailovich would be abandoned by the Allies. The communist enemy, the Yugoslav Partisans with Marshal Tito as their leader, against whom Mihailovich and his Chetniks had fought as hard as they had fought against the Nazis, would prevail. In one of the worst cases of judicial travesty and miscarriages of justice, Mihailovich, after being captured by the Yugoslav communists, was tried by a kangaroo court in Belgrade on fabricated charges of collaboration with the enemy, declared "guilty" on July 15th, sentenced to death with no appeal, and executed by the communists on July 17, 1946. Though they valiantly insisted on being present at the trial and being allowed to give their testimonies as witnesses, not a single Allied airman who had been saved by General Mihailovich was allowed in that courtroom. I can only imagine the pain in their hearts when they heard the news that their living, breathing hero had become a martyr.

Two years after General Mihailovich's death, U.S. President Harry Truman, under the advisement of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, posthumously awarded Mihailovich the Legion of Merit in the rank of Commander-in-Chief, the highest combat award America can bestow upon a foreign national:

''General Dragoljub Mihailovich distinguished himself in an outstanding manner as Commander-in-Chief of the Yugoslavian Army Forces and later as Minister of War by organizing and leading important resistance forces against the enemy which occupied Yugoslavia, from December 1941 to December 1944. Through the undaunted efforts of his troops, many United States airmen were rescued and returned safely to friendly control. General Mihailovich and his forces, although lacking adequate supplies, and fighting under extreme hardships, contributed materially to the Allied cause, and were instrumental in obtaining a final Allied victory."

March 29, 1948. Harry S. Truman

Unfortunately, this award would be instantly classified and remained so for 20 years. Why, you ask? Imagine how uncomfortable it would be to explain why your country was awarding a medal of such distinction to a man it had abandoned in war.

I learned about this man, Mihailovich, as a child growing up in my home in Chicagoland, far, far away from Serbia. I cannot remember a time in my life that I did not know of him. I became familiar with his kind, warm face and the truly glorious things he did under impossible conditions through my father, Rade Rebic. It would be through my own steps up the steep, snowy paths of the legendary Ravna Gora hills in Serbia in February of 1995, the same hills in which he had first begun his great resistance, that I would come to appreciate the honorable things that General Mihailovich did first hand. No, there is no grave site yet in Serbia, but there in those hills his spirit is everywhere, and his legacy has prevailed over death.

It is wonderful to know that in this modern age so many of us, both young and old, are committed to doing what we can to honor this legacy and keep it vibrant and alive. All Americans and freedom loving people need to come to know who this man was as well as the nature of his cause.

General Mihailovich did huge things much of the world doesn't even know about. He was a good man, a virtuous and honorable military officer, and a patriot who was willing to sacrifice himself for his people, his homeland, and the noble ideals he believed in. He was a decent human being - one of the few truly good guys in the badness that is war.

Happy Birthday General Mihailovich. Your life and your work were not in vain. Even if one day it is found, no gravesite can hold you, for your spirit and your legacy are eternal.

Aleksandra Rebic
April 27, 2020
Chicago, U.S.A.


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Sunday, April 19, 2020

EASTER EPISTLE OF GENERAL DRAZA MIHAILOVICH 1945 / Васкршња посланица ђенерала Драгољуба Михаиловића из 1945. године / April 19, 2020


“We will continue today with the set goal. Exactly at 11h, all columns will stop at the places where they find themselves. In memory of the day of the resurrection of our God-man, we will pray to God. Priests will hold a short service. Then, we move on!

"Our struggle and our suffering is for human rights given by God. It is the way of the Lord Jesus Christ, in which he perished, but also resurrected.

"Centuries have neither defeated nor changed this, nor will the events of today.

"We may die in this battle, however victory is assured and benefits those who survive and those that come after us.

"Confident in your resolve to persevere to the end, I give you, my dear brothers-in-arms, my greeting:


General Dragoljub Mihailovich

Васкршња посланица ђенерала Драгољуба Михаиловића из 1945. године.

„Продужићемо данас ка постављеном циљу. Тачно у 11ч, све колоне ће се зауставити на местима где се буду нашле. У сећању на дан Васкрса Богочовека помолићемо се Богу. Свештеници ће одржати кратку службу Божју. А онда, покрет даље!

"Наша борба и наше патње су за права човека Богом дана. То је пут Господа Исуса Христа на коме је и он Страдао, али и Васкрсао. Векови то нису оборили ни променили, неће ни појаве данашњице.

"Ми можемо у тој борби и изгинути, али је победа њена сигурна и благодети за преживеле и потоње.

"Уверен у вашу решеност да истрајете до краја, ја вам упућујем, драги моји саборци, мој поздрав:


Ђенерал Драгољуб Михаиловић

English translation provided by Vera Dragisich
Secretary, Movement of Serbian Chetniks Ravne Gore


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Friday, March 06, 2020

Шта крију архиви ОЗН-е? Зашто није дошло до отварања досијеа тајне полиције? / 9. Mart 2020 y 19 часова / Правни факултет Универзитета у Београду

ДЕВЕТОГ МАРТА [2020] три деценије од увођења вишестраначја у Србији:

О ауторитарном наслеђу данас и политичкој култури једног тешког времена.

Које су биле објективне размере терора и страдања?

Како је изгледала технологија и сценарио насиља?

Шта крију архиви ОЗНЕ?

Зашто није дошло до отварања досијеа тајне полиције?

Колико живимо последице?


ОЗНА – репресија комунистичког режима у Србији 1944–1946. Документи.

Cећања Саве Банковића У предворју пакла.



Музичка подршка: Зоран Све Јовановић
Драмска подршка : глумац Радован Миљанић


Књига „ОЗНА: репресија комунистичког режима у Србији 1944–1946. Документи“ представља до сада највећу збирку оригиналних документа које говоре о технологији насиља којим је руководила ОЗНа непосредно иза Другог светског рата и о ликвидацији народних непријатеља. На основу докуемтнарне грађе дат је један пресек и детаљна анализа овог насиља.

Друга је књига сећања Саве Банковића „У предворју пакла“. Сава Банковић је човек који је преживео затвор ОЗН-е и масовне егзекуције да би после три месеца пакла у подрумима ОЗН-е био осуђен у два наврата на чак 20 година затвора због вербалног деликта и лажних оптужби.

Обе књиге читане заједно представљају идеалан спој искуственог и документарног које се надопуњује и даје целовиту слику о времену највећег страдања у миру у историји Србије које је и данас прећутано на највиђенијим медијима.


Правни факултет Универзитета у Београду
Булевар краља Александра 67
11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Амфитеатар бр. 3
9 Mart 2020 y 19 часова

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

How the West lost World War II at Yalta / "Washington Examiner" Feb. 10, 2020

Washington Examiner
Dan Hannan
February 10, 2020

How the West lost World War II at Yalta

Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin at Yalta, February 1945

Seventy-five years ago, we lost the war. Or, more precisely, we gave up on winning it.

Among all the 75th anniversaries marked by our politicians — D-Day, V-E Day, V-J Day — this week’s is the one that should make us squirm. On Feb. 11, 1945, at the Crimean resort of Yalta, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill agreed to a carve-up that condemned hundreds of millions of Europeans to tyranny and left the USSR as the only state to come through World War II wholly victorious.

That is not an easy thing to acknowledge. Even as I was writing the last paragraph, I felt as if I was somehow slighting the American, British, and other Allied soldiers (my late father among them) who, without making a fuss, dropped what they were doing and rushed to do their duty. Yet, 75 years on, we should be honest.

Why, after all, did World War II begin? There were a lot of contributory factors, obviously, but the immediate casus belli was Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland. Britain and France went to war to defend Polish sovereignty against a neighboring dictatorship that aimed to swallow up a large chunk of its territory. They ended up agreeing to leave Poland under the domination of a neighboring dictatorship that swallowed up a large chunk of its territory.

We can offer all sorts of explanations and excuses. Roosevelt was dying — he lived for only two more months, not long enough to see the socialist enslavement of Eastern Europe. But, frankly, even had he been in full health, watchful and alert, it is not clear how much more he could have done.

“Whoever occupies a territory gets to impose his own social system on it,” Stalin told the Yugoslav Partisan Miloslav Djilas. “Everyone imposes his system as far as his army can reach.” At that moment, Stalin’s army reached very far indeed, the most powerful force under mobilization. Denis Healey, the future Labour minister who was at that time a British Army major, remarked that “all the Red Army needed to reach the North Sea was boots.”

To challenge Soviet hegemony in the Eastern Europe, the Western allies would have needed to threaten force credibly. Churchill was prepared at least to consider that option, one of the reasons he was turned out of office in the election of July 1945.

Roosevelt was not prepared to do that. Credulous at the best of times, he placed great store by Stalin’s promise to implement the Four Freedoms. (How the old gangster must have chuckled.) In any case, he was desperate to bring the USSR into the war against Japan — a commitment that Stalin was happy to give.

So, the deed was done. Bulgarians, Czechs, Estonians, East Germans — all were condemned to two generations of occupation and misery. Polish soldiers had fought with grim patriotism across the Western theater — at the Battle of Britain, in North Africa, in Normandy. They sustained fearsome casualties at Monte Casino and Arnhem. Yet their Western allies were in no position to return the favor when, in 1945, their homeland was overrun for the second time.

Stalin was able to impose a ready-made government, put together in the Kremlin but lacking domestic support inside Poland. It was the same story in every conquered satrapy, except, to some degree, Yugoslavia. There were fewer than 4,000 Hungarian Communists when Matyas Rakosi returned to Budapest with the Red Army, and fewer than a thousand Romanian Communists (out of a population of 20 million) when Ana Pauker came back to Bucharest.

But Stalin knew how to work with useful idiots. His satellite parties were initially instructed to join coalitions or Popular Fronts, maintaining the facade of democracy until, through a combination of force and fear, they could assume total power. Western socialists mulishly refused to see what was happening.

We have been telling ourselves a lie ever since. It is perhaps an understandable lie, a lie born out of respect for the fallen. But it is a lie nonetheless.

The lie holds that, somehow, communism is not as bad as fascism. We like to think that the ascendancy of Stalinism, the secret police, the torture chambers, the gulags, was a price worth paying. We British, especially, need to tell ourselves that it all worked out in the end. Otherwise, what was our sacrifice for? We emerged in 1945 broken and bankrupt. We have still not paid off our wartime debt. We desperately want to believe that we won.

In fact, it was not until the Thatcher-Reagan years that we finally made some restitution to the nations betrayed at Yalta. If we must identify a Western victory, it came in 1989. Too late for millions.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Порука генерала Драже Михајловића свим Србима партизанима, уочи борби у које их је против ЈВуО повео Ј.Б.Тито.

,,Срби, партизани!

Поставите питање вашим вођама, зашто вас сада, пред крај рата, када непријатељ издише, доводе у Србију. Ми смо довољно јаки да се ослободимо сами од непријатеља који се већ спрема да напусти нашу земљу. Зашто вас Тито не води у борбу против усташа који су поклали вашу браћу, жене, децу, него против нас који вам ништа нисмо учинили?

Коме је потребно да се Срби између себе кољу?

Пошто вам ваше вође неће сигурно одговорити на ова питања, то ћемо учинити ми. Треба уништити последње подручје на коме је један део српског народа остао бар унеколико очуван. Треба спасавати усташе од одговорности за милион покланих Срба. Треба сачувати Хрватску од страхоте грађанског рата.

Ви сте са граница Босне и Хрватске пребачену чак у Србију, да бисте тамо убијали вашу браћу и пустошили њихове домове.

Срби, партизани, освестите се и погледајте докле су вас ваше вође довеле. Престаните да будете оруђе у братоубилачкој борби која данас представља безумље и злочин према српском народу, чији сте ви и поред свега синови."

"Serbian Chetniks Australia"
on Facebook
December 2019


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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Saint Nicholas [Свети Никола], the Slava of General Draza Mihailovich, December 19, 2019

Aleksandra's Note: Today, December 19, 2019, is a festive and important Christian holiday for the Serbian Orthodox faithful throughout the world. It is the Slava of Saint Nicholas, (Sveti Nikola) "Slava" being the patron saint's day of each Christian Serbian Orthodox family. Though there are different "Slava" saints and dates throughout the year, the Slava of St. Nicholas falls closest to Christmas and is the one most commonly celebrated by the Serbs.

This is the Slava of our beloved General Draza Mihailovich, and even during wartime he made sure to celebrate this special day.

Aleksandra Rebic
December 19, 2019


General Mihailovich celebrating his Krsna Slava
 St. Nicholas - Sveti Nikola
December 1943


The Srpska Times
December 19, 2019

Saint Nicholas: The Most Common "Slava" Among Serbs

The Serbian Orthodox Church and its faithful celebrate St. Nicholas, one of the greatest Christian saints, protector of travelers, sailors, fishermen and rafters.

Saint Nicholas is the most common ”slava” (tradition of the ritual glorification of one’s family’s patron saint). More than 600 churches are dedicated to him.

"Slava" of St. Nicholas is of an unchanging date – December 6th according to the old, or December 19th according to the new calendar, on the day when that saint died in 343 AD.

St. Nicholas is also celebrated on May 22, in memory of the day when his bones were allocated from Myra in Lycia in 1096, to ,at that time orthodox, Bari in Italy, and laid in the Church of St. John the Baptist, which soon became a gathering place for pilgrims. Three years later, the people of Bari erected a magnificent church in honor of St. Nicholas.

Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra, is celebrated throughout the Christian world. It is celebrated as a children’s holiday in Western Europe, because then the children, if obedient, receive gifts. He is the patron saint of the city of Amsterdam.

Saint Nicholas was born in the city of Patara in the region of Lycia, Asia Minor, by the parents of Theophanes and None, during the reign of Roman Emperor Valerian. As a child, Nicholas displayed unusual spiritual gifts. During his childhood life and later through his education, he wanted to become a priest, so his uncle, the archbishop, “produced” him as a priest for the city of Myra.

He began his spiritual life in the monastery of New Zion, where he became a monk. After the death of his parents, he distributed all the inherited property to the poor.

According to legend, guided by a divine voice, he set out to spread the faith, justice, and mercy among people, bringing comfort, peace, and goodwill by his appearance.

St. Nicholas falls at the time of Christmas fasting, so the faithful prepare fish and other fasting food.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Судбину Драже Михаиловића одредиле светске силе / Sudbinu Draže Mihailovića odredile svetske sile / "Politika" Dec. 7, 2019

Аутор: Бране Карталовић
Dec. 7, 2019

Судбину Драже Михаиловића одредиле светске силе

Американци били против искрцавања савезника на Јадрану, а команданта Југословенске краљевске војске у Другом светском рату Енглези предали Титовим комунистима, каже Милослав Самарџић, аутор документарца о вођи четничког покрета.

Фотографија тела Драже Михаиловића (Фото: Википедија)

Kрагујевац – „Много сам хтео, много започео, али је ратни вихор однео мене и моје дело...” Када су се чуле ове речи генерала Драгољуба Драже Михаиловића, измученог оптуженика, које он изговара у судници на крају монтираног процеса, у публици је настало комешање. То је претпоследња секвенца документарног филма о команданту Југословенске краљевске војске (у отаџбини), аутора Милослава Самарџића, уредника некадашњих „Погледа”, који је, у организацији Покрета обнове Краљевине Србије, приказан у препуној сали Скупштине града Крагујевца. Трен касније, када се на екрану појавила фотографија мртвог Драже и његовог оскрнављеног тела, сви су занемели.

– Дража је искасапљен. Али то не треба никог да чуди. Злочин је почињен у складу с духом времена и комунистичком идеологијом – каже Самарџић за „Политику”.

Наш саговорник открива да му је фотографију мртвог Драже дала Загорка Васић 1993. године, када се вратила у Србију из Америке.

– Загорка Васић је била секретар у влади Драгише Цветковића, а током рата Дражин обавештајац. Сахрањена је на манастирском гробљу у Жичи, где је, као искушеница, провела последње године живота. Негатив је уништен, а направљене су само три фотографије. Према мојим сазнањима, једна је била намењена Крцуну, друга Ранковићу, а трећа Светиславу Стефановићу Ћећи. Ипак, недуго после Дражиног убиства, фотографија је објављена у емигрантској штампи, због чега је у Београду избила велика афера – прича Самарџић, писац петотомног дела „Генерал Дража Михаиловић и општа историја четничког покрета”, који додаје да је аутентичност фотографије потврдила „друга страна”, то јест пуковник ЈНА, историчар Бранко Латас.

Самарџићев документарац о четничком вођи већ је приказан у 22 града у Србији, Републици Српској и иностранству. Премијера је била у Аделејду у Аустралији децембра прошле године, а аутор каже да је највише публике било на пројекцији у Бањалуци.

Филм траје 114 минута и нуди обиље документаристичке грађе, коју је аутор, како сам каже, сакупљао годинама. Снимање је помогла Организација српских четника „Равна Гора”, са седиштем у Чикагу.

У документарцу се појављује чак 11 саговорника. О Дражи, првом герилцу у Другом светском рату, говоре његови саборци, сведоци ратних и поратних дешавања, амерички историчари.

Посебно су интересантна сведочења пуковника Милоша Костића, припадника „зелених беретки”, Дражиног курира Уроша Шуштерича, који говори о формирању четничког одреда у Словенији, адвоката Петра Мићића, који је бранио Дражу, као и запажања професора Грегорија Фримана, стручњака за Други светски рат на Балкану, аутора књиге „Заборављених 500” о спасавању америчких пилота у акцији „Халијард”, те његовог колеге Кирка Форда, чији кабинет красе Дражина биста и слика.

Филм се може поделити у три дела. Први говори о школовању Драже Михаиловића и његовом учешћу у балканским и Првом светском рату, други, најдужи, посвећен је дешавањима у Другом светском рату, а у трећем делу је осветљена трагична судбина вође четничког покрета.

– Краљ Петар је првог децембра 1941, на дан стварања Краљевине Југославије, обнародовао да је Дража Михаиловић вођа устанка. Радио „Слободна Француска” преузима говор који преноси Би-Би-Си, а потом ту вест објављују и други медији. У Америци излазе стрипови о Дражи, Орсон Велс снима радио-драму, а „Холивуд” прави филм „Четници, борбена герила”. Први негативан текст о Дражи појавио се августа 1942, у листу Комунистичке партије Шведске. Временом, таквих текстова је било све више, а од 1943. године Американци и Енглези се интензивно споре око ратне тактике и односа према партизанима и четницима. Рузвелт је против искрцавања савезника на Јадрану, а Черчил нуди Стаљину „топло море”, под условом да овај настави да се бори против Хитлера. Тако Црвена армија прва улази у Краљевину Југославију, септембра 1944, што је био почетак слома четничког покрета – наводи Самарџић.

Генерал Михаиловић је ухапшен 13. марта 1946. године у босанском селу Оскоруша, општина Рудо, где се лечио од тифуса.

– Енглески обавештајци су Титовим комунистима предали радио-везе и обезбедили авионе. Уместо савезницима, како су мислили, Дражу су његови последњи саборци предали официрима Озне, који су га у полусвесном стању одвезли за Београд. Вест о хапшењу Драже, онако како се то догодило, објавио је „Чикаго трибјун”, потом и швајцарски лист „Журнал дивердо”. Прича о томе како је Дражу издао Никола Калабић јесте само још једна од комунистичких измишљотина –  каже Самарџић.

Дража је осуђен на смрт стрељањем, а убијен је пре истека рока за жалбу. Наш саговорник каже да се то највероватније десило у подземном склоништу војног комплекса на Топчидеру, где је, од 10. јуна до 15. јула 1946, и одржано монтирано суђење.

Autor: Brane Kartalović
Dec. 7, 2019

Sudbinu Draže Mihailovića odredile svetske sile

Amerikanci bili protiv iskrcavanja saveznika na Jadranu, a komandanta Jugoslovenske kraljevske vojske u Drugom svetskom ratu Englezi predali Titovim komunistima, kaže Miloslav Samardžić, autor dokumentarca o vođi četničkog pokreta.

Фотографија тела Драже Михаиловића (Фото: Википедија)

Kragujevac – „Mnogo sam hteo, mnogo započeo, ali je ratni vihor odneo mene i moje delo...” Kada su se čule ove reči generala Dragoljuba Draže Mihailovića, izmučenog optuženika, koje on izgovara u sudnici na kraju montiranog procesa, u publici je nastalo komešanje. To je pretposlednja sekvenca dokumentarnog filma o komandantu Jugoslovenske kraljevske vojske (u otadžbini), autora Miloslava Samardžića, urednika nekadašnjih „Pogleda”, koji je, u organizaciji Pokreta obnove Kraljevine Srbije, prikazan u prepunoj sali Skupštine grada Kragujevca. Tren kasnije, kada se na ekranu pojavila fotografija mrtvog Draže i njegovog oskrnavljenog tela, svi su zanemeli.

– Draža je iskasapljen. Ali to ne treba nikog da čudi. Zločin je počinjen u skladu s duhom vremena i komunističkom ideologijom – kaže Samardžić za „Politiku”.

Naš sagovornik otkriva da mu je fotografiju mrtvog Draže dala Zagorka Vasić 1993. godine, kada se vratila u Srbiju iz Amerike.

– Zagorka Vasić je bila sekretar u vladi Dragiše Cvetkovića, a tokom rata Dražin obaveštajac. Sahranjena je na manastirskom groblju u Žiči, gde je, kao iskušenica, provela poslednje godine života. Negativ je uništen, a napravljene su samo tri fotografije. Prema mojim saznanjima, jedna je bila namenjena Krcunu, druga Rankoviću, a treća Svetislavu Stefanoviću Ćeći. Ipak, nedugo posle Dražinog ubistva, fotografija je objavljena u emigrantskoj štampi, zbog čega je u Beogradu izbila velika afera – priča Samardžić, pisac petotomnog dela „General Draža Mihailović i opšta istorija četničkog pokreta”, koji dodaje da je autentičnost fotografije potvrdila „druga strana”, to jest pukovnik JNA, istoričar Branko Latas.

Samardžićev dokumentarac o četničkom vođi već je prikazan u 22 grada u Srbiji, Republici Srpskoj i inostranstvu. Premijera je bila u Adelejdu u Australiji decembra prošle godine, a autor kaže da je najviše publike bilo na projekciji u Banjaluci.

Film traje 114 minuta i nudi obilje dokumentarističke građe, koju je autor, kako sam kaže, sakupljao godinama. Snimanje je pomogla Organizacija srpskih četnika „Ravna Gora”, sa sedištem u Čikagu.

U dokumentarcu se pojavljuje čak 11 sagovornika. O Draži, prvom gerilcu u Drugom svetskom ratu, govore njegovi saborci, svedoci ratnih i poratnih dešavanja, američki istoričari.

Posebno su interesantna svedočenja pukovnika Miloša Kostića, pripadnika „zelenih beretki”, Dražinog kurira Uroša Šušteriča, koji govori o formiranju četničkog odreda u Sloveniji, advokata Petra Mićića, koji je branio Dražu, kao i zapažanja profesora Gregorija Frimana, stručnjaka za Drugi svetski rat na Balkanu, autora knjige „Zaboravljenih 500” o spasavanju američkih pilota u akciji „Halijard”, te njegovog kolege Kirka Forda, čiji kabinet krase Dražina bista i slika.

Film se može podeliti u tri dela. Prvi govori o školovanju Draže Mihailovića i njegovom učešću u balkanskim i Prvom svetskom ratu, drugi, najduži, posvećen je dešavanjima u Drugom svetskom ratu, a u trećem delu je osvetljena tragična sudbina vođe četničkog pokreta.

– Kralj Petar je prvog decembra 1941, na dan stvaranja Kraljevine Jugoslavije, obnarodovao da je Draža Mihailović vođa ustanka. Radio „Slobodna Francuska” preuzima govor koji prenosi Bi-Bi-Si, a potom tu vest objavljuju i drugi mediji. U Americi izlaze stripovi o Draži, Orson Vels snima radio-dramu, a „Holivud” pravi film „Četnici, borbena gerila”. Prvi negativan tekst o Draži pojavio se avgusta 1942, u listu Komunističke partije Švedske. Vremenom, takvih tekstova je bilo sve više, a od 1943. godine Amerikanci i Englezi se intenzivno spore oko ratne taktike i odnosa prema partizanima i četnicima. Ruzvelt je protiv iskrcavanja saveznika na Jadranu, a Čerčil nudi Staljinu „toplo more”, pod uslovom da ovaj nastavi da se bori protiv Hitlera. Tako Crvena armija prva ulazi u Kraljevinu Jugoslaviju, septembra 1944, što je bio početak sloma četničkog pokreta – navodi Samardžić.

General Mihailović je uhapšen 13. marta 1946. godine u bosanskom selu Oskoruša, opština Rudo, gde se lečio od tifusa.

– Engleski obaveštajci su Titovim komunistima predali radio-veze i obezbedili avione. Umesto saveznicima, kako su mislili, Dražu su njegovi poslednji saborci predali oficirima Ozne, koji su ga u polusvesnom stanju odvezli za Beograd. Vest o hapšenju Draže, onako kako se to dogodilo, objavio je „Čikago tribjun”, potom i švajcarski list „Žurnal diverdo”. Priča o tome kako je Dražu izdao Nikola Kalabić jeste samo još jedna od komunističkih izmišljotina –  kaže Samardžić.

Draža je osuđen na smrt streljanjem, a ubijen je pre isteka roka za žalbu. Naš sagovornik kaže da se to najverovatnije desilo u podzemnom skloništu vojnog kompleksa na Topčideru, gde je, od 10. juna do 15. jula 1946, i održano montirano suđenje.


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