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75 years since the Kragujevac massacre

Discussion in 'Eastern Europe October 1939 to February 1943' started by YugoslavPartisan, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. YugoslavPartisan

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    The Kragujevac massacre was the murder of Serb men and boys in Kragujevac, Serbia, by German Wehrmacht soldiers on 20 and 21 October 1941. All males from the town between the ages of 16 and 60 were assembled by German troops and members of the collaborationist Serbian Volunteer Command (SDK)[SIZE=11.2px] [/SIZE]and Serbian State Guard (SDS),[SIZE=11.2px] [/SIZE]including high school students, and the victims were selected from amongst them. On 29 October 1941, Felix Benzler, the plenipotentiary of the German foreign ministry in Serbia, reported that 2,300 people were executed.[SIZE=11.2px] [/SIZE]Later investigations by the post-war Yugoslav government estimated that between 5,000 and 7,000 people had been executed, though these figures were never proven reliable.[SIZE=11.2px] [/SIZE]The names and personal data of at least 2,794 victims are known.[SIZE=11.2px] [/SIZE]


    Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel had issued an order on 16 September 1941 (OKW-Befehl Nr. 888/41), applicable to all of occupied Europe, to kill 50 communists for every wounded German soldier and 100 for each German soldier killed. In early October Communist Partisans under Tito, and Serbian Chetniks under Draza Mihajlovic, attacked German forces near Gornji Milanovac, killing 10 and wounding 26. The massacre was a direct reprisal for the German losses in that battle.
    A German report stated that: "The executions in Kragujevac occurred although there had been no attacks on members of the Wehrmacht in this city, for the reason that not enough hostages could be found elsewhere."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kragujevac_massacre

    German escorting people from Kragujevac to be executed.
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    German rounding up Serb civilians in Kragujevac on October 21st, 1941.
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  3. YugoslavPartisan

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    Indeed.
     
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    The sad truth is that the perpetrators were Volksdeutsche, neighbors, so to speak, who had equal rights like other citizens, respected and protected by the former Kingdom of Yugoslavia, some of them were the richest men in the country, ministers, industrials. Then they went mad and wanted Hitler to provide them the position of the Master race. What they did reflects their "superiority". Bastards, they came from central Germany a century ago and have chosen to colonize only parts with the best soil. They've left, voluntarily, or not, they're gone. Good riddance Donau Schwaben.
     

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