Croatia Picture Album

Background on Croatia (excerpt taken from "TWENTIETH CENTURY ROMAN CATHOLIC TERROR IN CROATIA ")--

The article "Systematic Murder of Believers -- The Untold History of the Inquisition" (by former Roman Catholic priest Richard Bennett) has a section entitled, "Twentieth Century Inquisition in Croatia". This section surveys Roman Catholic complicity in the 20th century massacre of the people of Croatia. Croatia was basically carved out of Yugoslavia during World War II, the war when Adolf Hitler was in power. Anton Pavelic was the leader. Croatia was meant to be a Roman Catholic state. Excerpt from "Systematic Murder of Believers..."--

During Pavelic's four-year reign, he and Roman Catholic Prelate, Archbishop Alois Stepinac, pursued a "convert or die" policy among the 900,000 Greek Orthodox Serbs, Jews, and others in Croatia. 200,000 were converted; the 700,000 who chose to die were tortured, burned, buried alive, or shot after digging their own graves.

There are two main names to know--(1) The leader of Croatia, Anton PAVELIC and (2) the Roman Catholic Archbishop STEPINAC. More from "Systematic Murder of Belivers..." about the massacre--

The mutilations were horrific, the tortures vicious, and the savagery terrible. The Catholic Church did not leave the execution of a religious war to the secular arm. She was there herself, openly ignoring precautions and bolder than she had been for a very long time. Wielding the hatchet or dagger, pulling the trigger, organizing the massacre, the Roman Catholic priests became their own instruments of the Inquisition....)

More background:


". . .Stepinac, [Roman Catholic] Archbishop of Zagreb, shown wearing Ustashi decoration. . . bringing New Year greetings to Ante Pavelic."

(lower picture) "Devout Catholic, Dr. Mile Budak, Minister of Education and Cults, said on July 22, 1941: 'The movement of the Ustashi is based on religion. For the minorities--Serbs, Jews and Gypsies, we have three million bullets. We shall kill one part of Serbs. We shall transport another, and the rest of them will be forced to embrace the Roman Catholic religion. Thus, our new Croatia will get rid of all Serbs in our midst in order to become one hundred percent Catholic within ten years.'"

Ante Pavelic surrounded with Croatian Catholic clergy in April, 1942.
Pavelic among Croatian Franciscans.
Nuns marching together with Croatian nazi-legionnaires (Ustashi).
Nuns also saluting in fascist manner.
Religous ceremony during the promotion of Ustashi officers held at Kerestinac. Left Paelic (x) and Artukovic (x), Minister of Interior Affairs, look on.
Croatian clergymen giving the fascist salute during a reception by Pavelic.
Stane Kukavica, Croatian Franciscan, seen as a member of the Ustashi village sentry, and as a member of the Italian "Feerless [sic] Battalion."
At an Ustashi celebration. . .and Msgr. Stepinac, the Archbishop of Zagreb.
Archbishop Stepinac, in his residence (April 1941) giving a banquet for Ustashi emigrants who had returned to Croatia and who some days later were to begin participating in the mass massacre of Orthodox Serbs and Jews.
An Ustashi manifestation held in November, 1942. Papal Legate Marcone. . .is flanked by Archbishop Stepinac and Andrija Artukovic.
The whole Croatian Episcopate visiting Pavelic. On Pavelic's right is Archbishop Stepinac. . .
. . . Archbishop of Zagreb, Stepinac, leads Pavelic in the Church. . .
Pavelic among Croatian nuns. They were decorated (see decoration on chest) by pavelic for their "heroic" Ustashi deeds.
The Croat Catholic Press in service to the Ustashi regime
Two pictures of a Franciscan friar, Miroslav Filipovic-Majstorovic, in the uniform of the Ustashi.