BETRAYAL OF THE SERBS
THE WAR [WW2] SOME *600* [SIX HUNDRED!] AMERICANS WERE
RESCUED BY [Serbian Royalists] THE CHETNIKS AT GREAT PERSONAL RISK.
"Our guides told us in all sincerity," said one of
the [rescued] fliers, that the GERMANS EXECUTED FIVE OF THEIR
PEOPLE FOR FAILURE TO DISCLOSE OUR WHEREABOUTS."
The above quote is from:
Time-Life book, the series on World War II, entitled:
"Partisans and Guerrillas",
published in 1978,
Too many Americans suffer from historical Alzheimer's. Like those with the physical disease, they do not know where they are or how they got there or what they are doing.
As a result, they sin grievously.
No sin blots American politics today more than the betrayal of the Serbs. No one ought to be more ashamed of U.S. treatment of the Serbs than American Jews. Yet most Americans, Jew and Gentile alike, duped by the clever public-relations counsels for the former Nazi Balkan allies, have in their ignorance turned against the Serbs who, when it meant life or death, stood by the Jews.
What follows are excerpts from a letter from a Jewish physician published in the book "The Serbs Choose War" by Ruth Mitchell, sister of the famous Gen. Billy Mitchell. Here is what the doctor told his friend:
"No German measures in Belgrade were able to upset the friendly relations between the Serbs and the Jews. During the forced-labor period, Serbs talked to their Jewish friends in the streets even in front of the German soldiers and police. During the period when over 300,000 Serbs were massacred by the Croat Utashi in Bosnia, Herzegovina and Lika and some 60,000 shot by Germans in Serbia, during the period when Serbian students and peasants were hung in the main square in Belgrade, the Serbs of the capital had sufficient courage to protest publicly their indignation at the treatment of the Jews."
Americans blessed by never having lived under military occupation have no idea what magnificent courage that protest took.
"The example of the Serbian people," the Jewish physician wrote, "with regard to the Jewish people is unique in Europe. ... In spite of intensive German propaganda in writing and through the wireless, the Serbs remained unaffected. ... It is my desire as a Jew and as a Serb that in free democratic countries where Jews are still enjoying full where Jews are still enjoying full freedom and equality they should show gratitude to the Serbian people, pointing out their noble acts, their humane feelings, and their high civic consciousness. ... I cannot conclude this report without mentioning how the Serbian Orthodox Church tried to save Serbian Jews and Gypsies. Serbian Orthodox priests and the Serbian peasantry risked their lives to save Serbian Jews and Gypsies."
In the book, Mitchell tells how outraged the Serbs were when the Yugoslav government (a federation of Serbs, Croats and Muslims) signed a pact with the Nazis. Within two days, the Serbs rose up and overthrew it.
"Then an almost incredible thing happened, a thing so important to the history of the world that freedom-loving men will speak of it with admiration and with gratitude down through the centuries. The Serbs rose. A little race of not more than 8 million souls deliberately, sternly decided to die rather than submit to Axis vassalage. They were the only small race of Europe to come in openly on the side of the Allies before they were themselves attacked and while they still had a promise of complete security of frontiers, of lives, and of property; the first and only small race themselves to declare war - a war they knew to be absolutely hopeless - against the invincible German war machine."
Their reward? They were betrayed after the war into the hands of a Croatian communist, Joseph Tito. And today, America arms and supports the Croatians, who have again massacred Serbs. A Croat diplomat, describing the 1940s massacres, wrote of a boat set adrift, crammed with children's heads, of rape and mutilation of Serb women and children, of a vessel holding 31.5 kilograms of Serbian eyes, of wreaths made of Serbian tongues.
Shame, shame, shame.
(End of quote).
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