Croatians named in Holocaust Lawsuit

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May 3, 2000

Croatian Neo-Nazis named in Holocaust Lawsuit

Plaintiffs in Alperin v. Vatican Bank, a class action lawsuit filed by Serb, Jewish and Ukrainian Holocaust survivors seeking restitution of the Word War II Croatian-Nazi treasury have named as defendants the Croatian Liberation Movement and other as yet unnamed Croatian groups in a motion filed May 3, 2000 in San Francisco Federal Court. Other defendants include the Vatican Bank and Franciscan Order of Monks in the class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco Federal Court.

A 1998 US State Department report implicated both the Vatican, and Swiss National Bank in the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars of gold, silver, and money looted by the 1941-1945 Croatian regime known as the Ustashe from Serbs, Jews, and others. Plaintiffs originally filed suit in November 1999 and later obtained wartime and postwar US government documents under the Freedom of Information Act that indicated the involvement of Vatican and Swiss banks in concealing and transferring stolen gold and money between 1944 and 1952 including cash transfers to Croatian war criminals in Argentina.

The Croatian Neo-Nazis known as the Croatian Liberation Movement were reestablished in Argentina in 1956 as the successors to the wartime Croatian Nazis. The WWII wartime leader of Croatia, Ante Pavelic, the war criminal responsible for the deaths of 750,000 Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies, served as the first leader of the Croatian Liberation Movement until his death in 1959. The Croatian Neo-Nazis committed terrorist acts worldwide and acted as hired mercenaries in South America and Africa until Croatia’s secession from Yugoslavia in 1991. Their activities were funded with the remnants of the Nazi era Croatian Treasury. After Croatia’s independence in 1991, the exiles filtered back to Croatia to engage in yet another round of violence and ethnic atrocities. Until last year the son in law of Pavelic, headed the Croatian Liberation Movement while working as a Croatian diplomat in Rome.

For more information see:
Law Offices of Tom Easton and Jonathan Levy

Jonathan Levy

(513) 528-0586

Tom Easton

(707) 464-4513

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