Monday, June 06, 2016

[Widely circulated daily newspaper in Serbia] Vecernje Novosti publishes article about "The Kingdom of Yugoslavia in World War II" TV Series / "Documentary Movies" June 5, 2016

On May 30, 2016, Vecernje Novosti (the most circulated daily newspaper in Serbia) wrote a lengthy article about the TV series called The Kingdom of Yugoslavia in World War II. The article explained how the Polish state television based in Warsaw acquired TV rights and it also stated that the first theatrical release will be for journalists in Belgrade.

The majority of the article was about Belgrade’s underground resistance movement in World War II led by Lt. Col. Zarko Todorovic whose code name was Walter. The Nazis captured Lt. Col. Todorovic in March 1943. He was one of the rare imprisoned Chetniks that survived the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. After the war, Yugoslavia’s communist government declared him a war criminal. He was then an Officer of the French Foreign Legion and a high-ranking official in the French government. Of course, France refused to extradite him to the communists (Western countries didn’t extradite a single member of General Draza Mihailovich’s army). None of this deterred the communists in filming a TV series (called Otpisani) and in attributing the achievements of Todorovic’s resistance members to their own underground resistance movement in Belgrade which was significantly weaker and smaller in size than the Chetnik one.

This article is the first time that a media house has stated the fact that the production members of the TV series have acquired film footage from the Slovenian Cinematheque in Ljubljana that shows Slovenian Chetniks. Also acquired is 450 minutes of archival footage from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington and 150 minutes from the Yugoslav Film Archive in Belgrade. Through the article, we were also introduced to the TV series team members which include author Miloslav Samardzic, historical consultants Ret’d Col. Dragan Krsmanovic (former chief of the Military Archive in Belgrade) along with historian Milutin Velisavljevic and producer Milisav Cumic from the UK.


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