Belgrade was promptly blitzed by the Luftwaffe while Zagreb hailed its German liberators. Serbia was truncated and subjected to German military rule for the duration of the war. Zagreb, in contrast, became the capital of a Ustasha-run Greater Croatia which encompassed much of Bosnia and Hercegovina. Muslim Slav fascists aligned themselves with the Ustasha. In a visit to Sarajevo, the self-exiled, pro-German Grand Mufti of Jerusalem helped establish the Muslim Slav SS "Handzar" Division.
Your readers may care to reflect upon the following quotation from Kessing's Contemporary Archives for the year 1941; "German radio announced on April 17 that the Yugoslav state was 'in dissolution' and that its reorganisation - in which the Serbs would have no say - would be 'taken by the Axis'."
France and Russia have invited Belgrade to their VE Day celebrations. Why is Her Majesty's Government the odd one out?
R. MARCETIC (CHAIRMAN)
M. GASIC, Y. KOVACH
Serbian Information Centre
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