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ANTISEMITISM / CROATIA / POLITICAL PROPAGANDA: O židovima [About the Jews]

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A rare, unusual separately issued propaganda publication in Croatian language with an extreme anti-Semitic content, was printed in 1939, on the eve of WWII. It is a reprint of a 1906 article by an influential Croatian politician Stjepan Radić (died 1928), who later became a liberal politician and regrated his early writings.

 

8°: 16 pp., original green wrappers with lettering, unbound, as originally published (an uncut example, tiny tears on the spine and margins, title page and first page with a loss of white margins in the lower corner, otherwise in a good condition).

 

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A rare, unusual separately issued propaganda publication in Croatian language with an extreme anti-Semitic content, was printed in 1939, on the eve of WWII. It is a reprint of a 1906 article by an influential Croatian politician Stjepan Radić (died 1928), who later became a liberal politician and regrated his early writings.

Stjepan Radić (1871 − 1928) was a Croatian politician and an early socialist, who was publishing political illegal and pro-Slavic articles in Prague already in the 19th century. In 1904, Radić founded the Croatian People’s Peasant Party. He was assassinated in the parliament in 1928, by a Serbian politician Puniša Račić, what caused further alienation of the Croats and the Serbs. Račić was sentenced to house arrest in a comfortable villa and was was killed by the Yugoslav Partisans on 16 October 1944

This pamphlet, printed over a decade after the author‘s death, was printed in Kamnik, Slovenia, for the Croatian market as the anti-Semitic movement was reaching its peak. In 1941, when the Axis Powers attacked Yugoslavia, Croatia proclaimed the Independent State of Croatia, a Nazi puppet state. A large percentage of the Jewish population was sent to prison and concentrations camps with only small chances to survive until the end of the war. Others escaped abroad or joined the Partisan movement.

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