Perkovic, whose fans give Nazi salutes at his concerts, is a supporter of the Croat Ustashe
- the Nazi allies who during the war massacred Serbs Jews and gypsies, forced conversion of Orthodox Serbs to Catholicism at the point of a gun and whose emblems and slogans are tolerated in today's Croatia - a full member of the European Union.
Stepinac initially supported the pro-Nazi Croatian Ustashe
government during the Second World War, which was used against him in justifying his arrest, even if he had subsequently redemeed himself through his efforts to rescue Jews and Serbs from extermination, through which he could become a well-publicized Catholic martyr in the "Iron Curtain" countries.
55) Members of organizations such as the Croatian Ustashe
, known to have been involved in some of the worst atrocities of the Second World War, were readily accommodated.
the Catholic Church features the large mural behind the altar showing the suffering of the Croat People, with portraits of a World War II Ustashe
militiaman, Ranko Boban, hanging nearby.
The racial ideas of the Ustashe
, rather than being a mere imitation of the Nazi racial ideology, had independent roots in the Ustashe
project to redefine the concept of the Croat nation as claiming a common ancestry, history, territory, and culture that was unique from other peoples.
In another example - the Croatian state (annexed territories of Bosnia, Herzegovina, Slovenia and part of Serbia) was established in 1941 after the invasion of Yugoslavia by the Axis powers and controlled by dictator Ante Pavelic head of Nazi Ustashe
movement with blessings of the Roman Church.
Memories of the WWII period and of Ustashe
were also recalled in the public speeches or football fan songs at stadiums.
They are notorious for wearing the uniform of the Nazis' puppet Ustashe
regime that ran Croatia during World War II.
Catholics played leading roles in Ante Pavelic's Ustashe
(and Franciscan friars joined in the killing of Serbs and Jews at the Jasenovac death camp), in the Slovak Hlinka Guard, named after a priest (Slovakia itself was ruled by Fr.
The deaths of three quarters of a million Serbs, Jews and gypsies at the hands of the Ustashe
- the Nazi puppet regime installed in Croatia from 1941-45 - were still raw in the memories of many.
Now the former intelligence officer's testimony has revealed that after the war, Montini, who during the war served as the Vatican's deputy secretary of state under the pope, helped hide and launder property that had been stolen from, among others, Jews and was involved in the sheltering and smuggling of Croatian war criminals, such as the leader of the Ustashe
movement, Ante Pavelic.
On this spot in February 1942, Croatian Ustashe
fascists reportedly massacred 2,700 Serbs, including some 500 children.