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IN THE SPRING of 1991, the civil war in Croatia began. The Movement saw it
as the perfect chance to give those who wanted it real experience killing
people. Moreover, there was a historical tie: during World War II Nazi
Germany had played an active role in Yugoslav ethnic politics; the Nazis
had supported a puppet dictatorship in Croatia, the Ustashe, that had built
concentration camps in which mostly Serbs but also Jews were killed.
The current government in Croatia was reviving the tradition of the Ustashe
and in many other ways honoring the former Fascists. Units of the Croatian
Army were flying swastika flags, and many more were flying the old Croatian
Fascist symbol. Croatia had become the first European government since
World War II to openly embrace these symbols. ... It was a neo-Nazi dream
All of the West German neo-Nazis saw it as a wonderful opportunity, but
Nero Reisz, the barking anti-Semite from Hesse, was particularly pleased.
The problem for him was that there weren't enough Jews being killed. But
Serbs would do.
A system was set up whereby potential recruits for Croatia were first
trained in paramilitary camps in Germany, then passed on to middlemen who
were responsible for arranging their transport, clothing, and food on the
way to the front.
The way it worked was first through a word-of-mouth network. We had to be
careful about doing any advertising because hiring mercenaries was strictly
illegal in the Federal Republic. It was simply known in the scene that you
could go to Croatia, if fighting was your trip, and that in Berlin I was
one of the contacts. The other main contact people in Berlin were Arnulf
Priem and Oliver Schweigert. Once we'd checked out recruits to make sure
they weren't spies, we took them to a paramilitary camp to get tested and
trained. We were mainly interested in whether they were physically fit to
go down there. Mental fitness didn't interest us much.
I knew one guy from the GDR who'd been loosely involved in the Movement for
about a year and then went down to Croatia because it was a chance to kill
Communists, i.e., the Serbs. He wasn't even much of a neo-Nazi, really. He
simply hated the Stasi, who'd tortured him in jail, and was half crazy to
get some revenge on anyone for his suffering. He had shoulder-length hair,
like a hippie, and hardly any sense of purpose at all. He just wanted a
chance to kill "Communists", and he got it in Croatia. In a documentary some
television team made at the front, he was interviewed and he talked about
how many Serbs he'd killed and how much he'd learned about weapons. Less
than a year later, he was killed himself.
But the more sane and careful ones came back after a few months or a year
with valuable training in weapons and explosives. They'd of course also
learned what it was like to kill people. (Many stayed down there, living in
the hills, constantly involved in skirmishes no one ever heard about, and
are only now coming back into Germany and Austria and forming the basis of
the most militant and dangerous neo-Nazi cells.)
The effort to organize young German neo-Nazis and send them to Croatia to
fight and kill for the Ustashe - as the SS had once done - was organized
largely by the Movement representatives in Hesse, Bavaria, and-for
logistical reasons, as it was directly on the border with
Yugoslavia-Austria. The main man in charge in Germany was Nero Reisz. He
organized transport and took care that everyone got uniforms and weapons.
Then Michel Faci and his right-hand man, Nikolas, organized most of the
Croatian neo-Nazi units, training both young Croatians and Germans who'd
come down for the ride. Faci trained Croatians as young as ten years old to
kill "Communists" while teaching them the basics of Nazism. With his
childish antics, he is good at making murder seem like a game.
The neo-Nazis mostly fought independently from other units, as
a legionnaire corps. But they received arms and ammunition, even tanks, from
From what I heard from men who came back, they fought against Serbs
but also against Bosnian Muslims, even though the Muslims had
been in the SS during World War II. They simply fought against whomever
they could get an excuse to kill. They kept track of how many Serbs they
killed and tried to collect per-body pay from the Croatians, but they
actually got hardly anything, apart from invaluable experience.
I NEVER WENT down there. Personally, I wouldn't have gone to Croatia for
anything in the world. I saw no reason to risk my neck for another nation.
I was only interested in the potential of getting battle-hardened recruits
back from the front. The actual fight in Yugoslavia didn't interest me.
So I organized paramilitary camps and helped provide training, tested the
recruits with the help of a few sympathetic people from the Bundeswehr.
There was a lot of physical training-jogging, crawling, scaling. Recruits
learned how to use firearms and how to dismantle, clean, and reassemble
them. There was explosives training and practice in throwing grenades and
using bazookas. We modeled our course on Bundeswehr training exercises and
what we could piece together about the old Waffen SS training with the help
of training manuals and the memories of our retired SS supporters. But the
basic source for our training was the West German Federal Army.
Our note: The Western media was busy with its own Nazi activity: For
years it was stirring a lynch mob against Serbian nation claiming that Serbs
and not Croats or Bosnian Muslims are new European Nazi. Of course, having
that in mind, the shocking story of who is the REAL Nazi in ex-Yugoslavia
did not have much chance to see the light. Still, a handful exceptions does
exist. Here is one:
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE,
Tuesday, April 5, 1994, PAGE 1,
Germans, Austrians recruited
NEO-NAZIS HELP CROATIANS IN BOSNIA
by Eric Geiger, Chronicle Foreign Service
Excerpts from the above article (quote:)
When wars approach their end - as the one in Bosnia sporadically appears
to be doing - ugly matters that have been submerged from public view tend to
float to the surface.
One such matter in Bosnia is the role that HUNDREDS OF AUSTRIAN AND GERMAN
NEO-NAZIS MERCENARIES have played in the 23-month-old conflict, Europe's bloodies
The neo-Nazis, recruited for Croatian extreme-rightist irregular militias
and paramilitary forces, may finally be out of work if the current Croat-Muslim
truce holds. But the foreigners' legacy of BRUTALITY will not soon be forgotten
by their battle-field foes and civilian victims... ... ...
Underground neo-Nazi publications in both Germany and Austria published
fervent appeals for volunteers "to help out Croatian comrades in defense of
the white race". (Sic! Serbs are also - white). A similar appeal was run by
the German periodical Der Freiwillige (The Volunteer), the official organ of
HIAS, the legally incorporated mutual aid ASSOCIATION OF VETERANS OF THE
HUNDREDS of skinheads and neo-Nazis in both countries - including many
sought by the police for variety of offenses - reportedly responded to the
appeal, designed chiefly to woo volunteers for the rightist Croat militia HOS,
led by Dobroslav Paraga...
Volunteers sent back glowing reports about their
ENTHUSIASTIC RECEPTION in Bosnia by their comrades-in-arms of the HOS,
A WELCOME COMPLETE WITH "HEIL HITLER" SALUTES
and the waving of swastika flags. Some also
found their way to regular paramilitary units of the Bosnian Croat army
and were accorded an equally warm welcome. ...Most of German speaking
volunteers in Bosnia, however, are not remorseful. A young Austrian neo-Nazi
recently on brief "home leave from the Bosnian front" was quoted by newspapers
as saying that German speaking mercenaries - paid $60 a month - have often
been involved in "ethnic cleansing operations"... ... "Our job actually
is quite simple," the youth said. "After regular Croat militiamen capture
a village, they earmark houses of Serbs... for us so we can loot and destroy
them." He said the swaggering German-speaking mercenaries generally have
an image among the Bosnian Croats as exceptionally tough and MERCILESS
- "A SORT OF NEW GERMAN SS" - and for that reason are often given dirty,
And here is how Nazis OPENLY BRAG about their participation on Croatian-Nazi
side. (I guess they would be offended if you downgraded them and called
them "neo". They ARE REAL NAZI. Real as can be).
The term used for the
Serbs in the article is "Serbo-Communist". This is Ustashi (Croatian Nazi)
term used against indigenous population of Croatia and Bosnia during WWII.
So - nothing new there either.
THE NEW ORDER
(American Nazi periodical. It has American flag to the
left of the title of the magazine and SWASTIKA inside "O" of
the word "ORDER"), Front page article January/February
(Nazi) volunteers from France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, England,
Austria and other countries are fighting in an OPENLY NATIONAL SOCIALIST
unit in Croatia...
The NSDAP/AO recently received combat footage
from this unit. It was aired on the NSDAP/AO sponsored public access television
program "Race and Reason" on October 30th and November 6th. The following
is an article by the French National Socialist volunteer Michael Faci:
"In France we are a team of "old" National Soicialists
who were members of "Ordre Nouveau", F.A.N.E., etc...
As it is nearly impossible for us to engage in openly National Socialist
political activity in France, we have specialized ourselves for foreign
paramilitary action... Then came
the possibility to help the Croatian people against the Serbo-Communist
aggressor... The head office of the HOS sent us
along with some French volunteers to Vinkovci...
Our assignment was to hold
village of Komletinci, THE VERY FIRST POINT OF CROATIAN DEFENSE in front
of Vukovar... On the morning of December 19th we were attacked by nearly
1200 Serbo-Communists. But they did not know that we have asked for - and
RECEIVED - SIX T-55 TANKS the previous night! OUR TANKS COUNTERATTACKED
and droved off the Serbs who lost 17 dead....
I THINK IT WAS THE FIRST NATIONAL SOCIALIST TANK ATTACK SINCE APRIL 1945!
The front page shows Mr. Faci in clearly Nazi uniform decorated
with Nazi symbols. Other photographs in the magazine show him and his Nazi
comrades on a tank and saluting Nazi style. And what can one add? Nazi
Croatian government gave their international Nazi comrades tanks and put
them on the key position on the battlefield. nazis knew where to come and
whom to support. They were not fooled by (equally Nazi) Western "democratic"
press that Serbs are Nazi.
There you have it: Nazis are
committing genocide on the Serbs for the second time in 20th century.
They have tanks
at their disposal and, this time, they have AIR COVER FROM NATO (NAZIS).
The Nazi Western press did not notice their Nazi comrades in uniform. If
only Nazi mercenaries could keep their ugly mouth shut. But no. They had to brag!
Photocopies of the articles are available. (One Western newspaper shows Mr.
Faci showing his "Zahvalnica" - Croatian government gratitude for
Mr. Faci's brave fight for resurrection of Croatian WWII Nazi state. The gratitude
paper shows Ustashi - WWII Croatian Nazi symbols).
the Serbs are prepared to stand in the breach to DEFEND CIVILIZATION FROM
A REVIVAL OF FASCISM, they should be congratulated and not attacked."
The above quote is from:
Professor Howard L. Adelson
The Jewish Press
Friday,June 24, 1994, Page 11
Behind the headlines, Analysis and Commentary:
"THE NAZI REVIVAL"
Croats are marching again! ]
The truth belongs
to us all.