(PRWEB) October 16, 2002
October 14, 2002
Announcing PavelicPapers.com - A New Website Exposing the Ustase Movement -
CHICAGO -- More than fifty years ago, Ante Pavelic, head of a Nazi puppet
state called the Independent State of Croatia, arrived in Buenos Aires,
Argentina. While the rest of Hitler's Nazi henchmen were being tried for
crimes against humanity in Nuremberg, Pavelic and his cohorts in the fascist
Ustase movement -- responsible for the murder of more than 30,000 Jews,
40,000 Gypsies and an estimated 500,000 Serbs -- escaped abroad and began
planning for a new reign of terror.
Today, owing to the efforts of a new generation of Nazi hunters, the
documents which tell the real story of the Ustase's miraculous survival are
finally being published on the Internet.
A new Internet website, PavelicPapers.com, has been launched to publish and
analyze a tremendous collection of declassified intelligence documents,
court decisions and other materials which implicate the United States
government as well as the Vatican in the continued existence this deadly
terrorist organization. Files from the archives of the CIA, the FBI and the
US Army are augmented with original background material, making
PavelicPapers.com the most thorough resource on the Ustase ever created and
likely to be of equal use to scholars of the Balkans or the Holocaust as
well as students and readers who have never heard of the Ustase before.
"Without Vatican and intelligence agency intervention, there's no question:
the Ustase would have ceased to exist," says Attorney Jonathan Levy. Levy
has been instrumental in fighting bureaucratic red tape to find out the
truth about the Ustase's survival, through multiple Freedom of Information
Act requests and lawsuits against the Army, the CIA and the Vatican Bank,
which is alleged to be responsible for the laundering of millions of dollars
worth of gold looted from Ustase victims.
The Ustase was formed by Ante Pavelic in the early 1930s in Vienna, Austria.
After Hitler's invasion of Yugoslavia in April, 1941, Pavelic and his Ustase
were placed at the head of a Nazi satellite called the Independent State of
Croatia. Within weeks, a massive bloodletting began as Ustase fanatics
descended on Serbian villages, slaughtering the inhabitants by the most
bestial means imaginable -- using knives, clubs, axes and even chainsaws.
Concentration camps for Jews, Serbs and Gypsies run by the Ustase, such as
Jasenovac, were exceedingly brutal, shocking even hardened German officers.
After his arrival in Argentina, Pavelic was able to rebuild the Ustase --
now enrolled as part of an American anti-Communist crusade -- with cells in
countries as far-flung as Australia and West Germany. All told, the Ustase
have been responsible for more than a hundred terrorist attacks since 1945,
including the bombing one airliner and hijacking two others, the murder and
extortion of dozens of Croatian-Americans and the bombing of dozens of
public buildings and monuments, including the Statue of Liberty.
PavelicPapers.com was created by Cali Ruchala, a 27 year old publisher, as a
robust clearinghouse for documentation on the Ustase. "I was appalled by the
lack of information that's out there, even in studies of the Holocaust," he
says. "This is a terrorist movement that has lasted for more than seventy
years -- longer than the PLO, Hamas, and al-Qaeda combined."
Governments and individuals have tried to keep these documents suppressed
for years, Ruchala says, and for good reason. "Their involvement with the
Ustase is a textbook case of what the intelligence community calls
'blowback': a gang of thugs that American intelligence recruited to fight
the Soviets, but who went on to kill other Americans instead."
PavelicPapers.com is being published without institutional support for the
time being. "My primary goal is simply to get the information out there,"
Ruchala says. "We should not subject the victims of the Ustase to the
indignity of being forgotten as well."
TITLE: The Pavelic Papers
SUBJECT: A clearinghouse for documents about the fascist Ustase Movement,
from 1930 to 1990
CONTACT: Cali Ruchala, firstname.lastname@example.org