(PRWEB) February 16, 2002
For Immediate Release
Jonathan Levy and Tom Easton, Attorneys
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February 14, 2002
The Original Butcher of the Balkans: Pavelic not Milosevic
Ante Pavelic was the original ÂButcher of the Balkans.Â He was the leader of the Nazi puppet government of the ÂIndependent Sate of CroatiaÂ who died peacefully in Madrid in 1959. The mass murderer of 80,000 Jews, 30,000 Gypsies, and over 500,000 Serbs survived the Second World War and never faced a war crimes tribunal unlike Slobodan Milosevic whose alleged crimes pale in comparison. Instead Pavelic was offered sanctuary by the Vatican and became a security advisor to Juan and Eva Person before retiring to fascist Spain. Key to PavelicÂs survival was the so-called Croatian Treasury, really nothing more than PavelicÂs personal wealth, the plunder of concentration camps and massacres throughout the Balkans and beyond. Wherever the loyal Ustashe (Croatian Nazis) served Pavelic and Hitler, Orthodox Christian churches and Jewish synagogues were plundered and the property of Serbs, Jews, Gypsies, Ukrainians and others were confiscated. The crimes of Pavelic and the Ustashe were so barbaric that even hardened Nazis were disgusted by it.
In the final days of World War II, Pavelic and his inner circle bought and bribed their way to Rome where help was waiting at the Vatican. Pavelic committed genocide on a level far greater than any known before or since in the Balkans but he had been personally received by Pius XII during his reign of terror. The Franciscan Order and Vatican bank eagerly helped launder PavelicÂs loot the proceeds of which were used to establish the so called ratline which helped thousands of Nazis and Ustashe escape to South America.
Over 50 years later, a class action lawsuit was filed in Federal Court in San Francisco in 1998 seeking an accounting of the Pavelic loot. The defendants, the Vatican bank, Franciscan order, and the remaining Ustashe were asked to account for the gold, silver, and gems plundered so many years ago. A Federal judge has taken the case under submission.
Last month, an ex US Army intelligence official revealed that PavelicÂs body is secured at a secret location in Madrid awaiting its eventual return to the homeland. PavelicÂs followers view the current Croatian state as the successor to the Nazi inspired Independent State of Croatia, their legacy will be fulfilled only by the return of their supreme leader or in the Croatian language, Poglavnik, to lie in state in Zagreb. Tudjman, the late blood stained ruler of Croatia, was a proponent of returning Pavelic to Croatia and indeed Pavelic would be pleased to find many new public monuments to his loyal Ustashe springing up like toadstools after a spring rain in democratic Croatia.
Attorneys in the class action lawsuit even while awaiting the courtÂs ruling are opening up a second front against the Croatian Nazis in Madrid. It is thought a large portion of the Croatian treasure was secreted in Madrid and remains there yet along with PavelicÂs relatives and loyal Ustashe who maintain a vigil over their leaders grave. According to attorney Jonathan Levy, Spanish law firms have been contacted and an action of some sort in Spain is likely especially in light of the Spanish National CourtÂs recent interest in the Pinochet case. According to Levy, ÂThe Spanish courts have been interested in fighting Fascism abroad but here is an even worse case at home, letÂs hope they will put the principles of International Law at work on this domestic case and stop the Ustashe.Â
An annual ceremony presided over by Croatian Franciscan priests is thought to take place annually on PavelicÂs birthday. At such Ustashe ceremonies eternal hatred towards Serbs and others are sworn on a crucifix, knife, and a revolver. Many Ustashe returned to Croatia in 1991 and have played a role in the ongoing hostilities in Herzegovina ensuring the continuation of a cycle violence that began in 1941 with Pavelic.
For more information:
Jonathan Levy, Esq.
For more on Ante Pavlic see: http://www.diacritica.com/degenerate/4/pavelic0.html