Kingdom of Serbia was the first country after United Kingdom to officially support the creation of Jewish state. Serbian ambassador in Washington sent a letter (pictured above) to Captain Albala, in which he stated:
“I wish you to express to your Jewish brothers the sympathy of our Government and of our people for the just endeavor of resuscitating their beloved country in Palestine which will enable them to take their place in the future Society of Nations according to their numerous capacities and to their unquestioned right. We are sure that this will not only be to their own interest, but at the same time to that of the whole of humanity. You know, dear Captain Albala, that there is no other nation in the world sympathizing with this plan more than Serbia. How should we not participate in your clamors and sorrows lasting ages and generations, especially when our countrymen of your origin and religion have fought for their Serbian fatherland as well as the best of our soldiers? It will be a sad thing for us to see any of our Jewish fellow-citizens leaving us to return to their promised land, but we shall console ourselves in the hope that they will stand as brothers and leave with us a good part of their hearts and that they will be the strongest tie between free Israel and Serbia.”
The Serbian letter marked the first time any government had referred to the yet-to-be-born Jewish state as “Israel,” presaging the name that would be adopted by the nascent republic three decades later. Continue reading
Srebrenica was used by the Bosnian Muslims as a base of operations to attack Serb villages in the immediate vicinity.
“In response to the order, a raiding party of Bosniacs under the leadership of Zulfo Tursunovic, attacked the Serb village of Visnjica.”
UNPROFOR had failed to disarm the Bosnian Muslim forces in Srebrenica, and the Dutch military forces in theatre acted in a manner to protect them. Continue reading
“I have to admit that I myself got not less than nine threats for my life from Croatians all over the world… to stop my researches and to leave this subject…
They imitated Nazi Germany. They adopted a very similar ideology. The Ustashcism is like nativism, like National Socialism. They were like brothers, like twins for Nazi Germany. Ante Pavelic, the leader, the Fuehrer of Croatia went very often to Berlin to learn more, new systems. So they were very close ideologies.”
– Holocaust Institute Historian-in-Chief Gideon Greif Continue reading
“…Hitler called his military advisers to Berlin on 27 March. On the same day as the coup he issued Führer Directive 25, which called for Yugoslavia to be treated as a hostile state. Hitler took the coup as a personal insult, and was so angered that he was determined, in his words, “to destroy Yugoslavia militarily and as a state” (Jugoslawien militärisch und als Staatsgebilde zu zerschlagen), and to do so “with pitiless harshness” and “without waiting for possible declarations of loyalty of the new government”. Continue reading
“We outwitted three big Jewish organizations – B’Nai Brith Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Committee, and the American Jewish Congress.” – James Harff (Director of Ruder Finns’s Global Public affairs section) Continue reading
The recognition according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was in contravention of the Helsinki Final Act and more fundamentally, in contravention of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).
To the People of the United States: …
While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken. Though overwhelmed by superior forces, their love of freedom remains unabated. Brutal force has left unaffected their firm determination to sacrifice everything for liberty and independence.
It is fitting that the people of the United States, dedicated to the self-evident truth that is the right of the people of all nations, small as well as great, to live their own lives and choose their own Government, and remembering that the principles for which Serbia has so nobly fought and suffered are those for which the United States is fighting, should on the occasion of this anniversary manifest in an appropriate manner their war sympathy with this oppressed people who have so heroically resisted the aims of the Germanic nations to master the world…
President Woodrow Wilson