Friday, August 27, 2004

BBC and WW2 Croatia

I checked BBC coverage of Budak monument removal and noticed that even such reputable news source can get some facts very wrong.

First of all, Pavelić's (Pavelic's) state didn't comprise "most of Western Serbia". The only exception is Srijem (Srem), part of today's Serbian autonomous province of Vojvodina.

Second, Pavelić's state was never supposed to be "a Catholic, all-Croat republic". Concept of "republic" was too liberal and too alien to Ustashas. Independent State of Croatia was nominally a monarchy and the crown was supposed to go to Italian Duke of Spoleto, as a reward for Mussolini's pre-WW2 support of Ustashas.


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