Potsdamer Tageszeitung Nr. 82, 7th April 1941
"Ein neuer Vormarsch wurde angetreten"
"Die Tscherniki wüten in Jugoslawien"
"Aufruf des Führers an das deutsche Volk"
"Tagesbefehl des Führers an die Soldaten der Südostfront"
"Verlautbarung und Memorandum über Jugoslawien"
"Stukas im Sturz auf Belgrad Von Kriegsberichter Anton Dietz"
"A new advance was assumed
So it is again today that the advance begins towards Yugoslavia to secure peace and order in this part of Europe, too."
to resist the peaceful rearrangement of Europe
greater Serbia clique
fight is not aimed against the nations and ethnic groups gagged and
oppressed by Serbdom in the Yugoslav state for centuries, as did our
Wehrmacht in this hour not cross the border as an enemy of the Greek
traitors of the welfare of Europe"
"The Chetniks rage in Yugoslavia
Further the houses to be destroyed and the public figures to be captured or to be killed by them are accurately predetermined.
course, the Slovenes favor an own autonomous state, as generally all
three nations opposed the centralistic movements with distrust and
"Appeal of the Fuehrer to the German people
German envoy was insulted, the German military attaché was attacked, an
officer as an assistant of the military attaché was injured, numerous
officials, representatives of our companies etc. were publicly
ill-treated, German showrooms, shops, office houses and companies as
well as schools were demolished and wasted, countless women and men
especially also among ethnic Germans were beaten, their shops and flats
were partly looted, a number of ethnic Germans was murdered in the
The German people don't hate the Serbian people! The
German people see, above all, no motive to fight against Croatians or
Slovenes. They want nothing from these peoples. Now, however, the German
people will settle accounts with that Serbian criminal clique in
Belgrade which believes to be able to make the Balkans available to the
British attempt against the European peace for the second time.
the German people can enter this fight with the internal consciousness
that its leadership has done everything what was even humanly possible
to save itself this conflict."
"Order of the Day of the Fuehrer to the soldiers of the Southeast Front
have further tried, always with the same patience, to convince Yugoslav
statesmen of the necessity of a honest association of the nations that
are interested in the restoration of peace in this area.
the case of Poland, the wild instincts of inferior lot were mobilized
against the German Reich. Under these circumstances I was forced to
immediately recall the German colony within Yugoslav territory.
Members and officers of the German Embassy, employees of our consulates
in Yugoslavia, were violently attacked, our embassies destroyed. The
German schools - exactly as in Poland - were laid in ruins. Innumerable
ethnic Germans were kidnapped, attacked or killed.
This is the answer to my eight-year-long, everlasting patient effort to establish close and amicable relations with this state."
"Announcement and memorandum about Yugoslavia
the takeover of this clique Belgrade dropped the mask, and an
outrageous terror began against all members of the Axis powers and the
states allied with them.
The announcement closes with the explanation:
Government of the Reich is not determined to watch this activity of a
criminal clique in Belgrade any longer and to tolerate that Yugoslavia
becomes the playground of a British mercenary troop foreign to the
continent as this is the case in Greece at the moment. Now, hence, it
has given the order to the German troops to restore peace and security
also in this part of Europe with all military instruments of power of
In a memorandum in connection with the announcement it is
proven with help of extensive documents how Yugoslavia as a "victorious
power" of the Versailles dictate oppressed the German and other ethnic
groups, how the Serbs systematically deprived the rights of the ethnic
Germans, how one did not adhere to any minority protection contract in
"Stukas in the dive at Belgrade
by war correspondent Anton Dietz
move towards the the call of heavy grief of German countrymen in
Yugoslavia. The plaintive voices penetrate more and more clearly to our
ears, and finally we all see the immoderate misery which we were
confronted with from Poland, here in the southeast of Europe before us,
refugees, persecuted by blindly fueled hatred, an inexpressible horror
that German people successfully escaped, ethnic Germans who have their
home on Serbian soil for centuries. The endless columns of suffering
which form themselves on the border. With grief-stricken, pained faces
of women, old men, children, only few people fit for military service.
The hour of this liberation from back-breaking need and deep misery is aproaching more and more."
Landsberger General Anzeiger Nr. 83, 8th April 1941
"Memorandum der Reichsregierung zur amtlichen Verlautbarung über Jugoslawien"
"Memorandum of the Government of the Reich for the official announcement on Yugoslavia
peace dictate of 1919 subjected the Croatian and Slovenian people under
the rule of the Serbs: endowed with strong German, Hungarian and
Bulgarian ethnic group parts, the new kingdom of the Serbs, Croatians
and Slovenes counted itself to the "victorious powers".
The new Yugoslavia has taken over the role of the troublemaker from the old Serbia."
Oberkommando der Wehrmacht
Berlin W 35, den 28. März 1941.
Richtlinien für die Behandlung von Fragen der Propaganda gegen Jugoslawien.
http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/NT_Vol-XXVIII.pdf (page 39)
High Command of the Wehrmacht
Berlin W 35, 28th March 1941.
Guidelines for the handling of questions regarding the propaganda against Yugoslavia.
Because the Serbs have always exercised a ruthless dictatorship towards
the non-Serbian ethnic groups, especially towards the Croats and
Macedonians, it is to be voiced towards them that the German Wehrmacht
is not coming to the Croats, Bosnians and Macedonians as an enemy into
the country. In fact it comes to save them from being uselessly
slaughtered by Serbian chauvinists for English interests.
under the influence of the English-Serbian propaganda, the non-Serbians
were to put up resistance, thus the German Wehrmacht is forced to crush
it regardless of where and by whom it is put up.
the most brutal methods of terrorism, a regime sought to maintain an
existence that was condemned by the overhwhelming majority of its
people....I have tried to persuade the responsible authorities that it
is impossible for a great nation, because it is unworthy of it, to stand
by and watch millions belonging to a great, an ancient civilized people
be denied rights by their government... I have endeavoured to find some
way to alleviate a tragic fate. One agreement was signed only to be
broken. I then tried a second time to bring about an understanding. A
few weeks later, we were forced to the conclusion that the government of
Austria had no intention of carrying out this agreement in the spirit
that had inspired it, but in order to create an excuse. I have
determined, therefore to place the help of our country at the service of
these millions. Since this morning, our soldiers are on the march
across all of Austria's frontiers." Adolf Hitler. March 12th, 1938 -
Hitler prepares to march into Austria
"We have no interest
in oppressing other people. We are not moved by hatred against any other
nation. We bear no grudge. I know how grave a thing war is. I wanted to
spare our people such an evil. It is not so much the country of
Czechoslovakia; it is rather its leader, Edward Benes. He has led a
reign of terror. He has hurled countless people into the profoundest
misery. Through his continuous terrorism, he has succeeded in reducing
millions of his people to silence. The Czech maintenance of a tremendous
military arsenal can only be regarded as a focus of danger. We have
displayed a truly unexampled patience, but I am no longer willing to
remain inactive while this madman ill-treats millions of human beings."
Adolph Hitler, April 14th, 1939 - Hitler prepares to march into
"The wave of appalling terrorism against the
minority inhabitants of Poland, and the atrocities that have been taking
place in that country are terrible for the victims, but intolerable for
Great Power which has been expected to remain a passive onlooker. We
will not continue to tolerate the persecution of a minority, the killing
of so many, and their forcible removal under the most cruel conditions.
I see no way by which I can induce the government of Poland to adopt a
peaceful solution. But I should despair of any honourable future for my
own people if we were not, in one way or another, to solve this
question." Adolph Hitler, August 23rd, 1939 - Hitler Prepares to march
"Menschenrecht bricht Staatsrecht"
"Human rights brake state rights"
- Hitler in "Mein Kampf", 1925
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