Honoring a war criminal


Proving that Russians aren’t the only ones with a selective view of history, approximately 100 worshipers gathered in a Croatian church Monday to celebrate a mass for the leader of a pro-Nazi puppet state.

The service, in Zagreb, honored the 49th anniversary of the death of Ante Pavelic, who led an independent Croat state during World War II and was recognised by German and Italian dictators Hitler and Mussolini from 1941 to 1945.

Pavelic was head of the Ustaše, which saw as its goal the ethnic cleansing of Croatia. The Ustaše were as brutal, if not more so, than their Nazi counterparts, setting up concentration camps, enacting race laws and killing as many as 1 million Serbs, Jews and Gypsies.

Pavelic’s Ustaše regime was arguably the most murderous, in relation to its size, in Axis-occupied Europe, according to Wikipedia, and German officers were themselves dismayed by the atrocities committed by the Ustaše.

Pavelic fled to South America after the war and was shot by an unknown assailant in 1957. He died in Madrid in 1959 of complications from the shooting.

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