Friday, July 27, 2012
Tito jealous of Soviet support of Mihailovich / The Roots of the Collaboration Myth
Aleksandra's Note: The bad guys always have to find a way to smear the good guys. The Yugoslav Communists (Tito's Partisans) were masters at it, both during WWII and especially afterwards.
Whenever there is an issue or problem, it's always important to make every effort to find the "root cause" of that problem or issue. Sometimes the "root cause" can be identified and dealt with and the issue resolved. Sometimes not. The root causes for the tragedies that befell Yugoslavia and especially the Serbian people still remain elusive, but maybe it's not as complicated as it seems.
Yugoslavia's Marshal Tito wasn't Mihailovich's only enemy, but he was probably the most successful enemy any true patriot has ever had. An often repeated phony but devastatingly effective "charge" against General Mihailovich is that of "collaboration" with the enemy. In my research, I came across this compelling text from Shadows on the Mountain: The Allies, the Resistance, and the Rivalries that Doomed WWII Yugoslavia by Marcia Christoff Kurapovna. Sometimes the root cause can be something as basic as one of the seven deadly sins that plague the human character. Considering who the players in the Balkans were during WWII, the fact that "jealousy" became a factor makes perfect sense.
Tito was a phony and a liar. Mihailovich was not.
The only way a phony and a liar can win is by relentlessly staying true to their rotten character, all the while masquerading as one of the "good guys".
From Shadows on the Mountain: The Allies, the Resistance, and the Rivalries that Doomed WWII Yugoslavia Page 195
"In view of Moscow's own mixed feelings about Tito, and despite the reported gains against the Germans, Tito found himself more and more frustrated with Moscow's support of Draža Mihailovich, who represented the official Yugoslav government with which Moscow, all socialist idealism aside, exclusively wished to have official relations. A series of protests by Tito to Moscow then ensued, barely hiding the Partisan leader's contempt for what he saw as Moscow's propaganda in favor of the Royalist Mihailovich. 'Radio Moscow is broadcasting frightful nonsense about Draža Mihailovich,' wrote Tito, who went on to describe Chetnik violence against the Partisans led by Mihailovich and his 'riff raff '. Among other things, in a cable of November 25, 1941, he accused Mihailovich and his men of killing seventeen nurses and twenty others who were on their way to Partisan headquarters in Užice; of a mangled attempt to blow up the National Bank at Užice, resulting in the deaths of 'more than a hundred ' workers; and the mutilation of two schoolteachers at Kosjeric, a town in western Serbia. Tito warned: 'It was only on account of London [the seat of the Yugoslav government in exile] that we refrained from completely liquidating Draža Mihailovich. But we shall be hard put to hold the Partisans back from doing this.' With this cable, the first of Tito's charges of collaboration on the part of Mihailovich were under way: 'We have full proof that Draža is cooperating openly with the Germans and fighting against us. Draža's people are not firing a single shot against the Germans. All the fighting is being done by the Partisans.' "
Marcia Christoff Kurapovna
Shadows on the Mountain
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Posted by Aleksandra at Friday, July 27, 2012