Catholic extermination camps

Surprisingly few know that Nazi extermination camps in World War II were by no means the only ones in Europe at the time. In the years 1942-1943 also in Croatia existed numerous extermination camps, run by Catholic Ustasha under their dictator Ante Paveliç, a practicing Catholic and regular visitor to the then pope. There were even concentration camps exclusively for children! In these camps – the most notorious was Jasenovac, headed by a Franciscan friar – orthodox-Christian Serbians (and a substantial number of Jews) were murdered. Like the Nazis the Catholic Ustasha burned their victims in kilns, alive (the Nazis had victims gassed first). But most of the victims were simply stabbed, slain or shot to death, the number of them being estimated between 300,000 and 600,000, in a rather tiny country. Many of the killers were Franciscan friars. The atrocities were appalling enough to induce bystanders of the Nazi “Sicherheitsdienst der SS”, watching, to complain about them to Hitler (who did not listen). The pope knew about these events and did
nothing to prevent them. [MV]

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2 responses to “Catholic extermination camps

  1. To say that he did not is absurd and ignorant of facts. He did what he could while under the heels of Mussolini.
    What would you have him do? Excomunicate them or have his small army of Swiss gaurds invade Croatia?
    It’s easy to take the moral high-ground in retrospect.

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    • Moral high ground….your diligence to ignorance is astounding, the old “I (they) were just following orders routine” doesn’t excuse their actions….what should one have done under Mussolini’s’ heel(?)….I would gladly give up my life before I would murder children….and I know the Christian Judean god is a fraud with a 2000 plus years chalked full of the same kind of atrocities These extermination camps were operating before the war and Mussolini’s’ reign started 1943 (the camps were there before 1942). By the way, the popular religious opinion was that Hitler was doing the world a favor….something that is less popular but still preached today. So check your moral high ground at the door your attempt at whitewashing these events is seen as the illusive fodder it represents.

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