Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Croatian Knowledge of the Holocaust
Author: Jonathan Harrison
On December 16, 1941, Pavelic admitted to Ciano that the Croatian Jewish population had shrunk from 35,000 to 12,000. Ciano recorded, "Young Kvaternik explains this decrease with the word 'emigration', accompanied by a smile that does not leave any room for doubt." Thus we have proof that 'emigration' was known to be a euphemism for killing even among satellite states [Hilberg, Destruction, 2003, Vol 2, p.760]. On 17 July, 1942, Marcone wrote to Maglione, "The German government has demanded the extradition of all Jews residing in Croatia to Germany within six months, where, according to Kvaternik, two million Jews have been killed in recent times. It seems that the same fate awaits the Croatian Jews, especially the old and those unable to work." The original Italian document is copied in Actes, Vol 8, pp. 601-602 which is on-line here. English translation is here; also cited in Hilberg, as above, p.762, and Morley, p.153.
Posted by Jonathan Harrison at Wednesday, February 01, 2012