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BOSNIAN / MUSLIM ANTI-COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA: Muslimani u Sovjetskoj Rusiji [Muslims in the Soviet Russia]

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A rare Bosnian pan-Turkic anti-Communist pamphlet was published during WWII by a Muslim intellectual Mustafa Busuladžić, who sided with the Croatian pro-Nazi anti-Communist government. The book was used as an evidence against him at his trial for collaboration only days after the end of WWII.

 

12°. 70 pp. with a portrait and a map, later 20th century blue cloth binding with gilt lettering (slightly age-toned and stained, repaired small tears with old paper on the first 8 pages (typical from the books from this private collection), two old hand-written numbers on the inner side of the boards, binding with minor staining).

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Mustafa Busuladžić (1914 –1945) was a Bosnian intellectual and author, who during WWII sided with the pro-Nazi Croatian government. He was standing behind the idea of the pan-Turkism with a goal to unite the Muslims, living in the Slavic countries, and to fight the Communism.

In 1939, Busuladžić was one of the founders of an extreme group Mladi Muslimani (Young Muslims). He published several articles and books on the position of the Muslims in the contemporary political situation around the world, which were especially influential during the war under the government of the Independent State of Croatia, a puppet state of Nazi Germany with extreme antisemitic and anti-communist tendencies. The fascist ultra-national governor of this state, which at the time among others embraced the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ante Pavelić was born in Herzegovina and supported the Bosnian Muslims.

This rare pamphlet by Mustafa Busuladžić was based on the text previously published in a magazine Osvit. In the texts he discusses the importance of the unification of the Muslims to fight the contemporary Soviet government.

Busuladžić protects the war “which Germany is fighting with its allies against the Bolshevism” and compares WWII as a fight between Mein Kampf and Das Kapital. After his words, the Islam is a natural enemy of the Communism. The author afterwards sums up the history of the centuries long conflict between the Muslims and the Russians and describes the recent history of the Muslim regions inside the Soviet Union.

Mustafa Busuladžić was arrested by the partisans days before the end of WWII in liberated Sarajevo and was shot as a collaborator after a short trial on June 29, 1945.

The main evidence against Busuladžić, presented at the court, was his correspondence with the Jerusalem Mufti and member of the SS Amin al-Husseini, a fact, that he worked as a teacher at a school of the SS divisions, and this book.

This highly controversial book disappeared from the Yugoslav history and circulation for the next decades. It was reprinted in the 1990s. We could not find any institutional examples of the WWII edition.

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