German dictionary whitewashing genocide of 1mln Serbs, Jews and Roma

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BELGRADE – The leading German language dictionary ‘Duden’ is whitewashing the genocide of 1 million Serbs, Jews and Roma during WW2, according to Filip Filipi, president of “28. Jun”, the largest Serbian diaspora organization.

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“The ‘Ustase’ were/are a Croatian fascist, ultranationalist and terrorist organization. Its members murdered hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews, Roma and anti-fascist or dissident Croats in Yugoslavia during World War II, and Duden defines them as a movement which fought against ‘Serbian centralism'” Filipi said.

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Filipi said that “We need to stop the promotion of Nazism in Germany and make Duden re-define these terrorist killers,” and called everyone to sign the petition [link].

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The Ustase, also known as “Ustashe”, “Ustashas”, and “Ustashi”, were members of the Ustasa – Croatian Revolutionary Movement, a Croatian fascist, ultranationalist and terrorist organization, active, in its original form, between 1929 and 1945. Its members murdered hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews, Roma (Gypsies) and anti-fascist or dissident Croats in Yugoslavia during World War II.

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The ideology of the movement was a blend of fascism, Roman Catholicism and Croatian nationalism. The Ustase supported the creation of a Greater Croatia that would span the River Drina and extend to the border of Belgrade (Serbia). The movement emphasized the need for a racially “pure” Croatia and promoted genocide against Serbs, Jews and Romani people, and persecution of anti-fascist or dissident Croatians.

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The Ustase were fiercely Catholic, identifying it with Croatian nationalism. They declared that the Catholic and Muslim faiths were the religions of the Croatian people. They claimed the Islam of the Bosniaks was a religion which “keeps true the blood of Croats”.

The srbosjek ("Serb cutter"), a special knife worn over the hand that was used by the Ustaše for the quick slaughter of inmates, notably in the Jasenovac concentration camp in the Nazi puppet Independent State of Croatia.
The srbosjek (“Serb cutter”), a special knife worn over the hand that was used by the Ustaše for the quick slaughter of inmates, notably in the Jasenovac concentration camp in the Nazi puppet Independent State of Croatia.

When it was founded in 1930, as Ustasa – Croatian Revolutionary Organization (Croatian: Ustaša – Hrvatska revolucionarna organizacija) it was a nationalist organization that sought to create an independent Croatian state. When the Ustase came to power in the NDH, a quasi-protectorate established by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany during World War II, its military wings became the Army of the Independent State of Croatia and the Ustase militia.

The bodies of prisoners executed by the Ustasa in Jasenovac.
The bodies of prisoners executed by the Ustasa in Jasenovac.

The movement functioned as a terrorist organization before World War II but in April 1941, they were appointed to rule a part of Axis-occupied Yugoslavia as the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), which has been described as both an Italian-German quasi-protectorate, and as a puppet state of Nazi Germany.

Ustasa militia execute prisoners near the Jasenovac concentration camp.
Ustasa militia execute prisoners near the Jasenovac concentration camp.

The Duden is a dictionary of the German language, first published by Konrad Duden in 1880. The Duden is updated regularly, with new editions appearing every four or five years. As of August 2013 it is in its 26th edition and in 12 volumes, each covering different aspects such as loanwords, etymology, pronunciation, synonyms, etc.

The first of these volumes, Die deutsche Rechtschreibung (English: German Orthography), has long been the prescriptive source for the spelling of German. The Duden has become the bible of the German language, being the definitive set of rules regarding grammar, spelling and use of German language.

9 COMMENTS

  1. A Little Mathematical Tease for the Mind …What does One Truth (+) 2 Lies = equal ?
    Does one get a straight Answer by adding and looking at these two numbers ?
    When Reading the Facebook comment at the very beginning of this article, we certainly and clearly need to read it with a grain of salt … I say, but you Think.
    Like when Taking a prescribed Medication, we like to believe that it is a true Medicine/cure for our illness, when in fact we are really hurting the rest of our organs and other parts of the whole. Remember, they like to tell us, that the Medication is safe and FDA approved, but with minor side affects. Really! (There ‘s never a shortage of Vaccines / Medications but there’s always a shortage of Healthy People ) Business Must be GOD for them. (Gold.Oil and Drugs)
    I sincerely ask you … why is SERBIA in a state of very bad Health, and going through all kinds of symptoms and side affects. Is it the Illness that’s Hurting her or is it the Medication, Injected or Prescribed by our Western Spin Doctors, that is taking the Life out of Serbia ???
    The Kosher West is Full of Reverse Speech, in what they preach to us … “Do As I Say, Not As I Do”
    When we sit down and do our homework, we will find that the WEST has Bombed Serbia More times then the Germans ever did !
    So who are the Real Nazis besides the Puppet Ustashe and The Vatican Strikes Back ???
    Don’t be shy you can say it …

  2. INSERBIA, as its name is suggesting, might be very familiar with inner-Serbian contexts. But for Germans the DUDEN, in fact, has never been and never claimed to be “The leading German language dictionary”. German tradition makes a rather clear distinction between a “Konversations-Lexikon” and an “Orthographic Lexikon”.
    If the INSERBIA author himself writes about »The Ustase, also known as “Ustashe”, “Ustashas”, and “Ustashi”,… « then this may explain that any intelligent German would consult the DUDEN about Ustashe only to learn how is the correct orthography of this name, but never to learn what and who the Ustashe have been. For the latter purpose he/she would always consult a Brockhaus – or, in present time: Wikipedia.
    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ustascha

  3. This article needs to be corrected like Duden corrected themselves. The Serbian Orthodox Church is the largest Serbian diaspora organization.

  4. What is the point of writing such an article? This is a long time ago. My family has moved on, so should your’s.

  5. “serbischen Zentralismus in Jugoslawien bekampfte”??? Wie? Durch das Öffnen Konzentrationslager für Kinder? Durch die gesamte Bevölkerung eines Dorfes zu töten? Schämen Sie sich , Duden! Oder sollte ich sagen “Heil Hitler”?
    “Fought Serbian centralism in Yugoslavia”? How? By opening concentration camps for children? By killing a population of an entire village? Shame on Duden! Or should I say, “Heil Hitler”?

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