The Legal Position of Serbs in the Independent State of Croatia Cover Image

Правни положај Срба у Независној Држави Хрватској
The Legal Position of Serbs in the Independent State of Croatia

Author(s): Sanja Savić
Subject(s): Political history, Government/Political systems, Social differentiation, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Sociology of Politics, Politics and Identity
Published by: Правни факултет Универзитета у Источном Сарајеву
Keywords: NDH; Legal provision; Ustasha; Compelling to convert to the Catholic religion;

Summary/Abstract: After the creation of the Independent State of Croatia ustasha authorities, in their efforts to create ethnically and religiously pure state, began to implement a genocidal policy against the Serbs, Jews and Gypsies. As a result of such a policy the number of victims is counted in the hundreds of thousands. The Catholic Church and most of the clergy accepted, supported and justified the actions of government, and often participated in them. The issue of the legitimate position of the Serbs in the Independent State of Croatia represented a taboo issue for a long time after the World War II. Its outcome is the fact that the number af the actual victims of clero-ustasha politics is still manipulated with. That politics of hatred has brought about such a situation that the Serbs have become and remained a minority in Croatia, until today. Ustasha government managed to perform onto the Serbs and the Orthodox religion, something that not even centuries of Turkish rule in this region had accomplished. The question is, why and where does such hatred towards one nation originate from? We are bound to search for an answer to that question by our ancestors, innocent victims. This paper is just one small effort to ensure that this issue does not remain forgotten. Nobody at any time must forget what had happened, not only to the Serbs, but to the Jews and the Gypsies as well, on the territory of the Independent State of Croatia during its existence. It should be publicly discussed and written about, not to accuse anybody, but to prevent anything similar from happening ever again.

  • Issue Year: 1/2010
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 175-188
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Serbian