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Offline TomSea

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Serbia Under Bulgarian Occupation: Documenting WWI Crimes
« on: April 13, 2019, 06:34:05 AM »
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Serbia Under Bulgarian Occupation: Documenting WWI Crimes
Ivana Nikolic     Belgrade      BIRN     April 12, 2019

Ivana Nikolic
Belgrade
BIRN
April 12, 2019
In his new book about the Balkans during World War One, historian Milovan Pisarri explores the crimes committed against Serbian civilians by Bulgarian military occupiers.

This article is also available in: Shqip Македонски Bos/Hrv/Srp

Milovan Pisarri’s new book ‘On the Balkan Front: War and Crimes against the Civilian Population in Serbia 1914-1918’, looks at civilian deaths in Serbia under Bulgarian occupation during World War I, which he argues is a neglected topic by both Serbian and European historians.

“When it comes to WWI in Serbia and Europe, historians mostly dealt with military, political and diplomatic history - battles, causes of the war and political agreements,” Pisarri explained in an interview with BIRN.

“The only picture we in Europe had about WWI is the one of soldiers in trenches,” he added.

Read more at: https://balkaninsight.com/2019/04/12/serbia-under-bulgarian-occupation-documenting-wwi-crimes/

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Re: Serbia Under Bulgarian Occupation: Documenting WWI Crimes
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2019, 02:19:43 PM »
I'm married to a Serb (all 4 of his Serbian grandparents arrived at Ellis Island in the first few years of the 20th century), so I admit to some bias.

The Serbs always seem to be blamed for whatever bad things happen, but more often than not, they're the ones being harassed and massacred. When we visited Mr. M's grandfather's home village in present-day Croatia in 1998, we saw where the Ustase (Nazi-supporting Croatians) slaughtered dozens of children, old folks and essentially the entire village on Christmas, 1943. There was a Christmas  program going on at the local school. The Ustase rounded everyone up, herded them into one room and opened fire with machine guns.

When we got to Ogulin (also present-day Croatia), we stayed with Mr. M's cousin, whose home was firebombed by Croatians in 1991. Mad Maddie Albright visited the area and was told by officials that it was the Serbs who were firebombing and causing all the damage she saw. Of course, she believed it. After all, it's those nasty Serbs.

Thanks for the link, Tom. I'll share it with the Serb.
"Because men have lost the objective basis of certainty of knowledge of the thing in which they are working, more and more I fear we are going to find them manipulating science according to their own sociological or political desires rather than standing upon concrete objectivity." Francis A. Schaeffer

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Re: Serbia Under Bulgarian Occupation: Documenting WWI Crimes
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2019, 04:10:53 PM »
A forceful demurral, as the Serbs inflicted their horrors from the Great War, upon themselves.
Context creates perspective; in contrast to a sob story by a Serb partisan.
In 1901, Dragutin Dimitrijevic, a Captain in the Serbian Military, organized the
Black Hand (Unification or Death), a terrorist organization created to separate
Serbia from Hapsburg rule.
Their core skill was assassination, which they carried out routinely; the most prominent
being the execution of the Austrian Heir, Crown Prince Francis Ferdinand and his Wife,
in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914.
This event triggered WW1, arguably the greatest tragedy ever visited on Mankind and
from which Europe and much of the world has yet to recover.
The Ancient Greeks asserted that Leaders must be Prudent by assessing the consequences
of actions taken or not taken now; on the future.
Dimitrijevic's action that day continues to resonate more than 100 years later and has
created lasting damage to the reputation of Serbia.

« Last Edit: April 14, 2019, 02:07:43 AM by Absalom »

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Re: Serbia Under Bulgarian Occupation: Documenting WWI Crimes
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2019, 05:46:14 PM »
I'm married to a Serb (all 4 of his Serbian grandparents arrived at Ellis Island in the first few years of the 20th century), so I admit to some bias.

The Serbs always seem to be blamed for whatever bad things happen, but more often than not, they're the ones being harassed and massacred. When we visited Mr. M's grandfather's home village in present-day Croatia in 1998, we saw where the Ustase (Nazi-supporting Croatians) slaughtered dozens of children, old folks and essentially the entire village on Christmas, 1943. There was a Christmas  program going on at the local school. The Ustase rounded everyone up, herded them into one room and opened fire with machine guns.
 

The Ustase had a lot of fans in The Vatican.

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Re: Serbia Under Bulgarian Occupation: Documenting WWI Crimes
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2019, 06:09:34 PM »
The Ustase had a lot of fans in The Vatican.
The Serbs are Orthodox Christians, while the Croatians traditionally are Roman Catholic. It is what it is.
"Because men have lost the objective basis of certainty of knowledge of the thing in which they are working, more and more I fear we are going to find them manipulating science according to their own sociological or political desires rather than standing upon concrete objectivity." Francis A. Schaeffer


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