[If you look to the documents they have for Blessed Alojzije www.pavelicpapers.com/document....html#documents
They have nine documents which don't say much of anything and one essay full of the expected anti-Catholic rhetoric often found in the media these days.]
Oh yes, we all know how unfairly the media is to the Roman Catholic Church these days regarding the cover up and lies.
Ok. Lets look at other sources. What's amazing is that all the websites with pictures of the infamous Stepinac seemed to have disappeared.http://www.ianpaisley.org/article.asp?ArtKey=stepinachttp://www.fantompowa.net/Flame/yugoslavia_catholic_church.htm
Some comments from Roman Catholics & Croatians regarding Stepinac and other Roman Catholic priests who were under his authority at the time he was Chaplin for the Utashie -
'When the civilized world finds out about it, revulsion and indignation will
be such that I do not know what will happen to us Croats. Just one detail:
In the streets of Croatian cities the gouged-out eyes of Serbs are collected
and offered for sale 30-40 eyes at a time.'
on his arrival from Croatia
to Rio de Janeiro,
May 15, 1942.
THE WERE MORE THAN 1,000 ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIESTS WHO WERE WAR CRIMINALS AND
WHO SERVED UNDER ARCHBISHOP STEPINAC IN ZAGREB THEIR SERVICE TO ROMAN
CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY WILL REMAIN A STAIN ON THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.
'It cannot be wiped out of anyone's memory that nearly half of the 22
concentration camps in the Independent State of Croatia during the Second
World War were headed by Roman Catholic priests' Professor Rhoda E. Howard,
'THE ENTRY OF GERMAN TROOPS IN 1941 INTO CROATIA WAS GREETED WITH SWASTIKA
FLAGS. ACCORDING TO RELIABLE ESTIMATES, 95% OF THE INHABITANTS WERE
SYMPATHIZING WITH GERMANY...' Admiral Levisch, Maritime Attache
to the Reich in his report to Berlin, March 9, 1941.
'CATHOLIC CLERGYMEN NOT ONLY DID NOT TAKE A STAND FOR WHICH THE SITUATION
CALLED, BUT WERE IN FACT OFTEN THE LEADERS OF PAVELICH'S BANDITS BLOODY
ORGIES. FOR A LONG TIME THE POLITICS OF PAVELICH'S GOVERNMENT AND THE
CATHOLIC CHURCH WERE IDENTICAL, WHICH GREATLY INFLUENCED THE THEN PRESENT
DAY CATHOLIC BISHOPRIC WITH STEPINAC AT ITS HEAD ... INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE
BEING SLAUGHTERED ... EVEN THEIR CLERGY IS INVOLVED, AND THEY DO NOT RAISE A
VOICE OF PROTEST.' Borislav Andelinovic, Croatian politician, December 23,
THE FOLLOWING IS A PARTIAL LIST TAKEN FROM THE RESEARCH OF DR. MILAN BULAJIC
AND HIS 4-VOLUME DISSERTATION ON THE USTASHI CRIMES OF GENOCIDE. DR.
BULAJIC IS CONSIDERED AT EXPERT ON GENOCIDE BY THE UNITED NATIONS AND HAS
GIVEN TESTIMONY IN A NUMBER OF CASES.
ARSAMOVIC, Dr. ANTUN
Catholic bishop of Djakovo. Decorated by Fascist Ante Pavelic. Used terror
to force Orthodox Serbs to convert to Catholicism. Took over the Serbian
Orthodox churches in his jurisdictional area and converted them to Catholic
churches. He ordered many of the Orthodox churches destroyed such as those
in Bracevci, Poucje, Depsin, Tenje, Dalj, Markusica, Kucanci, Budimci,
Poganovci, Bijelo Brdo, Borovo Selo, Trpinje, Bobota, Pacetin, Brsadin,
Cepin, Martinci Cepinski, Trnjani, Klokocevik, Topolje, and Brod na Savi. He
followed the directives in the testament 'The Return to the Faith of our
Fathers,' written and published by St. Jeronimo in Zagreb, which was under
the direct control of Archbishop Stepinac.
Catholic priest in New Sarajevo. Close friend and associate of Archbishop
Saric and Jasenovac killer Max Luburich. Under his leadership, the property
of the Serbian Cultural Society 'Prosveta' in Sarajevo was pillaged and
destroyed. Very active Ustasha. Decorated by Fascist Ante Pavelic.
BILOBRK, Dr. VLADO
Catholic curate in Metkovic. Called on all Croats to use pick-axes, hoes,
and scythes to slaughter Serbs, because they were not worth wasting Croatian
bullets on. On April 27, 1941 he was one of the first Croatian clerics to
organize the massacres of Serbs. With his band of killers, he slaughtered
hundreds of them on the bank of the Neretva River and had their bodies
thrown into the water. At the end of 1943, on his insistence, 107 women,
children, and old men were slaughtered in the villages of Sipka, Cilum and
Pepsko Blato. Insisting that all Serbs in the Independent State of Croatia
must be executed, for fear if they were simply expelled they would return to
their homes. Dr. Vlado was decorated by Fascist Ante Pavelic.
Catholic priest in Bosanski Novi, where he organized a concentration camp
for Serbs and made himself the commander. Many Serbs who were arrested were
slaughtered in this camp on his orders. He insisted that he was doing what
Archbishop Stepinac wanted and expected of him. For his work on behalf of
the 'Croatian cause,' he was decorated by Fascist Ante Pavelic.
Catholic priest in the St. Joseph Church in Sarajevo. Organized the
slaughter of 180 Serbs on the Alipasa Bridge. After killing them, he danced
the Croatian national dance, the Circle Dance, around their bodies before
their bodies were thrown into the river. He organized a large number of
Muslims from Sarajevo into slaughtering bands. These Muslim groups were
responsible for the brutal deaths of thousands of Serbs in the area of
Sarajevo. Bralo also murdered thousands of Serbs in the concentration camp
Jasenovac. He was a member of the Ustasha Parliament, together with
Archbishop Stepinac. Personally slaughtered Serbs in the villages of Sabalj,
Marsic-Gaj, Piskavica, Ponira, Biljevina, Kozara Mountain, Sanski Most,
Kamengrad and Grmec. Decorated by Fascist Ante Pavelic.
Catholic priest who was the director of the Catholic parishes in the Lika
and Gacka areas. Slaughtered Serbs indiscriminantly, then pillaged their
properties. Organized Ustasha 'storm' units, consisting of the worst dregs
of the Croatian criminal element, who were sent to slaughter Serbs
throughout the province of Lika. Insisted that no Serb must survive in the
Croatian state. Insisted that this was the aim of His Holiness, the Pope. As
late as February 1945, he hanged 60 Serbs in Gospic. He was decorated by
Fascist Ante Pavelic.
CULINA, Fra ANSELMO
Catholic priest who was personally killing inmates of Jasenovac. He
committed all of his murders with a small knife that he liked to show to his
victims before killing them. He carried this knife with him at all times,
even when holding church services for the Croat soldiers in the camp.
Decorated by Fascist Ante Pavelic.
Catholic priest in Divusa. Chief of the Ustasha Police in Dvor na Uni.
Organized bands of killers and sent them to various Serb villages to
slaughter the men, women, and children. He instructed them specifically not
to spare women and children. After the killings, he absolved all of the
murderers of their sins. He was an extreme sadist. He would arrest Serbs,
locking them up in his stable, where he tortured them for hours before
killing them. He insisted from the church pulpit that the Serbian question
in Croatia could only be solved with the 'steel broom' (the gun). In his
journal, he noted that on April 14, 1941 (four days after the establishment
of the Independent State of Croatia) he went to Zagreb to ask for
instructions from Stepinac and then, he continued in his journal: 'I met
with the leaders of all the surrounding parishes, and we agreed what we need
to do.' The following day he arrested a number of Serbian women, forced them
to undress and ride naked on horses through the Croatian villages in his
area. Then he slaughtered them. He was decorated by Fascist Ante Pavelic.
GUBERINA, Dr. IVO
Catholic priest and a bloodthirsty Ustasha. Calling Serbs 'a poison in
Croatia,' he wrote in 1943: 'It is the natural right of the Croatian State
and the Croatian people to cure its body of such poison...according to all
principles of Catholic morality they are assailants, and the state of
Croatia has the right to destroy them, even with a knife.' More than a half
a million Serbs were murdered by the Croats during World War II. Many were
killed with a knife.
GUDELJ, Don MARTIN
Catholic priest in Opuzen. Called on all Croats in his church sermons to
begin digging Serbian graves. Organized groups of killers that went with him
through the Serbian villages in his jurisdiction, killing the Serbs they
found there and pillaging their properties. He killed the children by
beheading them with a bayonet. Personally slaughtered 450 men, women, and
children. Together with Fra Dr. Bilobrk, he committed great massacres of
Serbs on June 28, 1941, Vidovdan, a Serbian national holiday.
Catholic cleric and professor. Considered one of the better known Croatian
intellectuals. A member of a group of Croats responsible for killing the
Serbian Orthodox priests in the area of Gospic. As a professor, he trained a
number of high school boys and organized them into killer bands that roamed
through Serbian villages in his area, indiscriminantly killing hundreds of
Serbian men, women, and children.
KAURINOVIC, Msgr. JOSIP
Catholic priest in Prijedor. Special representative of His Holiness, the
Pope. Personally participated in the mass killings of Serbs, including women
and children. Preferred killing Serbs to expelling them. He insisted that
they could, conceivably return some day to their homes. He personally
arrested Serbian Orthodox priests in the area, tortured them, then murdered
them. He was decorated by Fascist Ante Pavelic.
KLARIC, Fra ANTE
Franciscan priest in Tramosnjica who personally slaughtered a number of
Serbs. He too, felt there were 'better' methods of killing than guns and
bullets. Preached directly from the pulpit that 'We don't have enough arms
or knives, but we should make knives out of old scythes and sickles so that
whenever we see a Serb, we can slay him.' Responsible for the deaths of
about 3,000 Serbs in Donja and Gornja Slatina, Brcko, and the surrounding
Catholic priest and chief-editor of the Catholic magazine 'Katolicki
Tjednik,' through which he promoted an unrelenting hatred toward the Serbs.
In his writings, he insisted that Croatia could not be cleansed of Serbs in
a 'nice way' and added: 'Pope Gregory VII didn't clean up the Catholic
Church in some nice way, but with force.'
Franciscan priest and very active Ustasha. The first Ustasha commandant in
the District of Udbina. At a meeting in Udbina on June 13, 1941, he preached
the following: 'Look, people, at these 16 brave Ustashi, who have 16,000
bullets and who will kill 16,000 Serbs, after which we will divide among us
in a brotherly manner the Mutilic and Krbava fields.' This speech was the
initiation of the massacre of thousands of Serbs in the Udbina District.
NIEDZIELSKI, Dr. FELIX
Catholic priest who was an assistant to the bloodthirsty Ustasha, Gutic.
Together, they were two of the most barbarous Croats during World War II.
Niedzielski was head of a Croatian Youth Organization and intensely promoted
a hatred of Serbs among them. Leader of the 'Crusaders' in Croatia. Elected
to publicly praise Ante Pavelic. In one of those praises, in 'Nedelja'
(Sunday), a Croatian newspaper published in Zagreb, on April 27, 1941, he
was quoted as saying: 'Glory to our Lord! Gratitude to Hitler, and infinite
honor and glory to our leader Ante Pavelic.' Personally slaughtered Serbs
with relish. A very close friend of Archbishop Stepinac.
Catholic priest in Slunj. The Serbs in Slunj (on the Dalmatian Coast) were
terrified by his presence in the area. He was the principal initiator of all
the killings and pillaging in the area. He was present and participated in
the massacres of hundreds of Serbs by the Tucic pit, where the bodies of
those Serbs were thrown. Many of those Serbs were thrown in the pit alive.
After the bodies were thrown in, Niksic himself threw live hand grenades in
to make sure that no Serb survived. All the other Roman priests from that
area, such as those from Gracac, Ricica, and Lovinac collaborated with him.
The slaughter of Serbs in the village of Stikada was organized by Niksic and
carried out by the priest of Gracac. These Roman priests called on all the
Serbs from the area to come to Stikada Marsh for a conversion to the Roman
communion or risk their lives. When the Serbs arrived, two of the Croatian
priests of the Roman Catholic Church brought in a group of Croat killers
from the neighboring villages, equipped with sledgehammers and hatchets.
After tying them up, the Croats killed all the victims. When the Italian
troops came to the area a short while later and permitted the exhumation of
the bodies, it was established that many of the victims were buried while
still alive. There was dust from the soil in the lungs as established by an
Italian pathologist. Niksic was decorated by Fascist Ante Pavelic.
Catholic priest and professor of Theology in Bjelovar who insisted that all
Serbs in Croatia must be executed. Ruthlessly promoted hatred toward Serbs,
especially toward Serbian Orthodox priests. He was later promoted to the
position of instructor at the military school in Zagreb, where he worked
more closely with Archbishop Stepinac and continued to promote hatred toward
PERIC, Dr. SRECKO
Catholic priest from the Monastery of Gorica, near Livno. About twenty
friars from this monastery participated with Peric in slaughtering about
5,000 Serbs from the Livno area. Dr. Peric first arrested the Serbian men
from Livno and took them to the Koprivnica, between Bugojno and Rupres. He
had them brutalized and executed. Some were tortured to death. He then
arrested their mothers, wives, and children and ended their lives in the
same way. The women were raped, their breasts were cut off & children were
dismembered and their eyes were gouged out. The killers then cut off the
heads of the children and proceeded to throw them into their mothers laps.
Peric had all the Serbs from the village of Golinjevo thrown alive into the
pit at the top of Tusnica Mountain. He had their wives and children thrown
into the pit at Komasnica Mountain. He had the Serbian men, women, and
children from the village of Gornji and Donji Rupnjani thrown into the pit
in Klanacka forest. He had 200 Serbs slaughtered in the school building in
Celebic. He had 300 women and children slaughtered in the village of
Caprazlija. He had hundreds of slain Serbs thrown into the pit in the Dikusa
Catholic priest in Petrinja. An active Ustasha who extensively used terror
to force Serbs to convert to the Roman faith. A very close associate of
Ante Pavelic's minister of Faiths. Principally and directly responsible for
the killing of 1,029 Serbs in the Serbian Orthodox church in Glina. Only one
man survived to tell the horrifying story his name was Ljuban Jednak. He
died last year. (See Appendix A)
SCHOLZ, Fra SIDONIJE
Franciscan priest who murdered Serbian Orthodox priest Djordje Bogic of
Nasice after torturing him. He cut off Bogic's nose and tongue, then cut him
open the full length of his stomach and wrapped his intestines around his
neck. He was decorated by Fascist Ante Pavelic.
Catholic priest from Zagreb who was sent by Archbishop Stepinac to
Slobostina to terrorize Serbs to force them to convert to the Roman
confession. Conversion was not the only thing on their agenda. When Santic
came to Slobostina with his band of killers, they took the six-month old
child of Dragan Danilovic and cut him in half with a bayonet. They then took
his other child, who was three years old, and did the same. They went to the
mother next, killed her, took all of her clothes and placed the four parts
of her childrens' bodies on top of her. When the killers entered the
village, they were naked to their waist which should have indicated to the
villagers that their neighbors of yesterday were coming to kill them all.
The killings took all day. There were three deep wells in the village by the
local Serbian church. The killers filled them all with the bodies of the
dead and covered them with bricks and soil. They then burned the village to
SIMRAK, Fra Dr. JANKO
Catholic bishop. He pillaged the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of Lepavina and
transformed it into a Croatian monastery. This was done in agreement with a
decree Archbishop Stepinac issued calling for the creation of new Croatian
Roman Catholic monasteries and churches with the profits from confiscated
Serbian Orthodox Church properties. One part of these properties had to be
turned over to the Bishopric in Zagreb for its use. For his work, Simrak was
decorated by Fascist Ante Pavelic.
TOMAS, Don ILIJA
Catholic priest in Klepci who was the principal organizer of the slaughter
of Serbs in the county of Capljina in 1941. Hundreds of Serbs, whose bodies
were thrown into the pits of Bivolje Brdo and Opuzen, were the victims of
this Croatian Roman Catholic priest. On his orders, Croats killed several
hundred Serbs and took them to the Surmanci pit, throwing them alive into
the 150 foot abyss. Many of the victims were children. Tomas also 'invited'
Serbs to his church for conversion to the Roman confession, charging them
150 kunas (Croatian currency during the Ustasha regime+ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¦ & now revived under the
Tudjman administration.) After he collected the money from the Serbs, he had
There are thousands of archives about the Holocaust in Yugoslavia, Germany,
the United Kingdom, France, Romania, Russia, Greece and the United States
that have and are being released under the Freedom of Information Act. Some
of these archives have been accidentally released that has been an
embarrassment to many individuals in the Vatican. We now know for a fact
that Fr. Draganovic who ran the Vatican Ratline was working for the CIA. For
those of you interested in this history I suggest you read, The Web of
Disinformation by the late David Martin (1989) and The Rape of Serbia by the
late Michael Lees (1989).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF THIS RESPONSE
William Dorich is the author of 5 books on the Balkans including his 1991
book, Serbian Genocide, 1941-45 and his 1992 book, Kosovo. He is currently
working on a book entitled, Sins of the Father about Archbishop Stepinac and
the 1,070 Roman Catholic priests who fled Croatia after WWII to escape
justice in Argentina.
Orthodoc (Whose paternal grandfather was born and raised in Tucepi, Croatia and was part of the Croatian aristrocracy. Whose ancestors include a Croation RC bishop, and governer of what is called the Makarska Riviera)