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Bob Ivkovic
Calgary
Killing Tools Named After Serbs

I’ll never forget a question Dr. Srdja Trifkovic asked me many years ago: “What makes a Croat a bigger Croat?” He answered before he gave me the chance: “The more a Croat hates Serbs, the greater Croat he is.” Sometimes I wonder if Croats would have a nation if they didn’t have Serbs to hate. It was this hatred that was at the root of the genocide the Ustaše perpetrated against the Serbs in WWII. The more Serbs you killed, the greater hero you were among fellow Croats. And there were plenty of Serbs to kill. Out of a population in Croatia of almost 4.3 million people, 75% were Croat while 20% were Serb. That was a lot of Serbs to kill – about 1 in 5 people – and it would require special tools to kill them efficiently and effectively, not to mention the approbation and support of Nazi Germany. The Srbosjek was the Ustaša’s weapon of choice and would be used to kill innocent Serbian civilians in the most barbarous and inconceivable manner during the Croatian genocidal campaign between 1941 and 1945.

The “Srbosjek,” literally translated to “Serb cutter,” was a specially designed knife used by the Croatian Ustaše during World War II for the expedient liquidation of Serb prisoners in the concentration camps of the Nazi-puppet Independent State of Croatia (NDH), the more notable one being Jasenovac. In some cases, Ustaše used a Srbomlat, or “Serb basher,” to crack open their heads. These tools were especially barbaric as Ustaše cut throats with a Srbosjek or whacked their victims with a Srbomlat. In some cases, killing tools weren’t even required as the Ustaše pushed their victims into deep rocky ravines located near the Jadovno concentration camp. Of course, the Serbs weren’t the only victims, which included Jews, Roma, and a small number of Croats who denied Ustaša ideology. But Serbs victims were the large majority accounting for well over 90% of the victims during this reign of terror.

The Srbosjek was manufactured on a production line during World War II by the German factory Gebrüder Gräfrath from Solingen-Widderit under a special order from the Croatian NDH government. The upper part of the Srbosjek was made of leather, as a sort of a glove, designed to be worn with the thumb going through the hole, so that only the blade protruded from the hand. It was a curved, 12 cm long knife with the edge on its concave side. The knife was fastened to a bowed oval copper plate, while the plate was fastened to a thick leather bangle. The blade was curved in order to make it easier to slit the throat of the victim, following the curvature of the neck. Thus, the Srbosjek knife was designed to kill as fast as possible and with as little fatigue as possible. An Ustaša could slit throats without actually holding a knife with his bare hand.

In addition to the Srbosjek, Ustaše also used the Srbomlat for the expedient killing of Serbs during mass slaughters. The tool looked similar to today's sledge hammer although it consisted of a wooden handle attached to a serrated metal ball. The Srbomlat was especially a crude and barbaric tool which could be made by a local blacksmith or anyone with some woodworking know-how. All one would need to do is fasten a long wooden handle to the end of a heavy wooden block of wood, which was typically strapped with steel on both ends for durability. I can’t even describe how the tool was used for murder, and what a light force could do to a child’s skull. One witness described a routine killing spree and remembered that while one of the slaughterers was killing his victims with a Srbomlat, another Ustaša lurched backward so that he wouldn’t be sprayed by the brains of a child’s skull being crushed. He said the snow absorbed the blood and brain matter, while their screams went unheard. For the Ustaše, using barbaric tools like the Srbomlat and wood saws caused a greater pain and a slower death of victims for the pleasure of the Ustaše at these staged exhibitions. Actually, the Ustaše invented a form of death incomprehensible to the rest of the world. I pity the man they capture and throw on stage.

Members of the Ustaše weren’t afraid of being photographed during their perverted killing orgies — it seemed to them that there was no threat of exposure and there never would be. They probably also believed that Nazi Germany would win the war and dominate the world. Little did they know that one day their barbaric acts would become public domain while their faces could be seen by everyone for the cowardly and blood-thirsty animals they were. The special chic of these monsters was to pose with the heads of their victims. Note the smiling faces of these posing Ustaše in the photos, except for the proud Ustaša with a severed head in his lap. The Ustaša in the prior photo with the cigarette in his mouth is on a smoke break while being entertained by pathetic executions. The Ustaše were an evil and literally a perverted travesty of humanity. It’s hard to believe that they had kids and they live among us.

If you don’t understand the last photo above, an Ustaša is about to impale a Serb’s throat with a custom pipe used to collect blood into what looks like a small pan so that fellow Ustaše can drink Serbian blood and toast to the elimination of Serb vermin from Croat lands. Typically, a mug or stein is used which has a handle and conducive to toasting. It amazes me how the Ustaše are smiling in all the photos while Serbs are mercilessly tortured and killed. Even worse, Serbian mothers are witnessing the torture and murder of their own children before they are killed themselves.

Today, these murderous bastards are celebrated as Croatian freedom fighters. Who were they freeing themselves of? The Serbian peasants, who as Croatian citizens, respected their Croatian state, laws, and even culture. If Serbs could be accused of anything, it would be the fact that they weren’t Serbian enough or nationalistic as Serbs. These were regular people and law-abiding citizens who never saw it coming, and when inevitable death came to their doorstep, they were still in disbelief and denial. No Serb could imagine he’d get his head chopped off on a chopping block by his own axe and by his neighbors just because he was of the Christian Orthodox faith. And Pope Pius XII and the Vatican turned a blind eye only because the murderers were Roman Catholics exterminating non-Catholics Christians. The Ustaše were especially known for mass murdering Serbs in their Serbian Christian Orthodox churches – the Glina church massacre being one of the first documented – by slitting their throats and bashing their heads before burning the church down full of corpses. This is rather ironical considering that the Croats and their Ustaše were God-abiding and God-fearing Christians. Even more ironical is that their Croatian priests were willing to murder in the name of God and took great pleasure in the massacres. Miroslav Filipović-Majstorović, a Croatian Franciscan friar and Ustaša military chaplain, was notorious for slaughtering Serbs in Jasenovac, and some of the earlier villages to be massacred such as Šargovac, Motike and Drakulić, near Banja Luka, Bosnia. His savagery was recognized and earned him the epithets “The Devil of Jasenovac” and “Brother Satan.” Today, a good majority of Croats seem to take pride in their fascist history and the murder of Christian Serbs. They even have streets named after these thugs and keep their photos on the fireplace mantle. Sometimes I wonder if they understand the commandments from the bible, and if their version of Jesus Christ and God are fascists too.

This was a tragic time in the history of mankind. And the killings were brutal using the most inconceivable methods of slaughter. The Srbosjek was primarily used as the killing tool at the Jasenovac concentration camp where the Croatian Ustaše preferred to kill inmates by cutting their throats rather than gassing them. Serbs, Jews, and Roma alike were dispatched in this way, and in order to do so efficiently, they needed special apparatus – and this is where the Srbosjek was introduced as an innovative killing tool designed for killing people in mass numbers. Over 700,000 inmates were murdered in Jasenovac, and upward toward 800,000 according to a recent study by Gideon Greif, an Israeli historian specializing in the history of the Holocaust, who by the way had death threats against him for researching the truth and publishing it in a book entitled Jasenovac – Auschwitz of the Balkans. Tito’s Communist government and Croatian historical revisionists have downplayed that number to a couple of hundred thousand. The truth is readily determined by taking the difference between the census before and after the war. These make for genocidal numbers regardless whose tally you take.

In Jasenovac, competitions in speedy slaughter were organized by the Croatian Ustaše guards. The winner of one such competition was Petar Brzica, a Croatian Franciscan friar, who slit the throats of 1360 prisoners. Even today, Brzica is considered one of the great heroes of the fascist Croats. Brzica used a Srbosjek to murder his victims as it was quick, efficient, and best of all, his hand wouldn’t get tired from holding a knife. Ironically, “brz” means fast in the Serbian and Croatian languages, and Petar was indeed the fastest during the final competition in the slaughter of Serbian civilians in the Jasenovac camp. When Brzica won the competition in the night between August 29th and 30th of 1942, the chaplain of the camp honored him with a gold watch, the administration of the camp gave him a silver set, and his fellow Ustaše handed him a roast piglet and wine for the night’s festivities. They partied until dawn while his 1360 innocent victims were left to rot and then thrown into a pit and buried by other inmates who would later meet the same fate. God knows how many other victims lied there from the murderous hands of the Ustaše who lost against Fast Friar Peter.

The “king of murdering Serbs” Petar Brzica (the old man in the photo below) on August 29th, 1942 killed 1360 people without interruption and got away with it. Please excuse my sentiments, but this is one duplicitous and fucked-up world we live in. I still wonder who tallied up the scores during that horrific night while I have this picture in my head of scorekeepers trying to keep up and tallying the number of dead on a paper spreadsheet clipped to a clipboard – each tally representing an innocent victim whose mother never could have dreamed or conceived that her child would one day have his or her throat slit by blood-thirsty Ustaše wearing a Srbosjek.

After 1945, Petar Brzica fled to the US, where he obtained citizenship and changed his name, while his demented mind stayed intact. The attempts of Yugoslavia to hand Brzica over were ignored; the Simon Wiesenthal Center also couldn’t help, despite long disputes and discussions with the US. After the 1970’s, Brzica’s tracks were lost. In the 1990’s, fresh demands to hand him in fell on deaf ears. According to unconfirmed data, he died a natural death in 2007. The biggest injustice is that Petar Brzica and most of his henchmen escaped justice and fled to Western countries via the Vatican ratline into Europe, North America, South America, and Australia after the war where they became naturalized citizens and raised their own families, and died of natural causes. As for Petar Brzica, he is buried somewhere in the United States where he most likely had a proper burial with family and friends, and a Catholic priest presiding to recite a prayer for the deceased's soul. May the Devil incinerate his soul while God erase him and his evil kind from eternity.

It is unfathomable that the same tools that were used to kill Serbs were named after Serbs. The Serb killer or “Srbosjek” is one of the most hideous implements ever invented by man, and the Croats can take credit for both its introduction and implementation in their genocidal campaign. The Srbomlat hammer was just one of many other household killing tools to exterminate Serbs, Jews, and Roma. And tools not named after Serbs – such as saws, axes, pick-axes, hammers, pitchforks, knives, etc – were equally as deadly.

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