Serbia's Secret War: Propaganda and the Deceit of History

Serbia's Secret War: Propaganda and the Deceit of History

Serbia's Secret War: Propaganda and the Deceit of History

Serbia's Secret War: Propaganda and the Deceit of History

Synopsis

"An entire piece of Serbian history is missing. And in the middle of the latest Yugoslav war - Europe's worst blood bath since World War II - Serbian politicians, propagandists, and revisionist historians have made a cynical attempt at replacing the missing piece by rewriting the Holocaust record. They claim that Serbs were not Nazi collaborators in genocide, but purely victims of the same atrocities that befell the Jews; and that Serbian aspirations for a Greater Serbia are not driven by a murderous, nationalistic hatred, but rather are propelled by a victim's desire to lay claim to a safe homeland, a Serbian Promised Land. Thus has the current spilling of blood been justified. Philip J. Cohen argues that the existence of such a propaganda campaign, emanating from Belgrade, began in the earliest days of the post-World War II era and, since then, has been reflected in the world media, as well as in popular commentary and scholarly analysis. More astonishing is that this campaign has been widely successful, particularly in Israel. Remarkable for its broad portrayal and penetrating examination of the Yugoslav social and political experience, Serbia's Secret War draws heavily on documents that have been previously unavailable to the West. Some of the written record has been translated and is published here for the first time. Destined to be regarded as an important contribution to the field, Cohen's careful study of the Serbian role in the Second World War will dramatically alter how scholars, policy makers, and the general public view the bloodshed in the former Yugoslavia - and how they will come to understand the reasons behind it." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Philip Cohen has shown a remarkable ingenuity in finding source material not only in arcane sources in the former Yugoslavia but also by pursuing leads that take him into nineteenth-century British parliamentary proceedings and a Jewish Encyclopedia in the United States from before the First World War. the Nazis were meticulous in keeping records; so too, according to this volume, were many officials in what was once Serbia and the other arenas that then made up the former Yugoslavia after the Second World War. and if there is a statistic to be found as to the number of Jews living in a certain region of Serbia--or the number of Ustashas who were trained in Italy--those figures will be found in proper setting in this volume.

It will be astonishing to contemporary readers to find that the term ethnic cleansing was used by militant Serb nationalists well before the current assaults in Croatia or Bosnia and Herzegovina. Indeed, there is not much new but much that is tragic in Serbian actions going back to the last century.

This reader had already, through diligent but amateur scrutiny, concluded that the Serbs now engaged in warfare and ethnic cleansing are primarily Serbs from peasant backgrounds--Hill or Mountain Serbs, not the cosmopolitans of Belgrade, or indeed the cosmopolitans of cosmopolitan Sarajevo. An understanding of this limited sensibility has been intensified and strengthened in these chapters, which further serve as a reminder that the pan-Yugoslav fascist movements had Serbian and, to a lesser extent, Slovenian roots. a minor puzzle in the book is the news that not only the Nazi Party and the German intelligence services supported the anti-Semitic . . .

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