YUGOSLAVIA-MANIPULATIONS -WITH THE NUMBER OF SECOND WORLD WAR
Editorial Board: Chairman - Ante Beljo
Bozica Ercegovac Jambrovic, Edo Bosnar, Jadranka Busic, Ivan Galic, Biljana Knebl
Printed by: Hrvatska Tiskara, Zagreb
A REQUEST FOR ESTABLISHING THE NUMBER OF VICTIMS OF THE
SECOND WORLD WAR, SUBMITTED TO THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS
The pressure on Croatia and constant repetition of the issue of war victims continued
in the media and a large number of books (especially by Dr. Milan Bulajic), even after I
published my book, which documentarily verified that the total demographic losses (for the
pre- war territory of Yugoslavia) could be calculated at two million, and the actual war
death toll at about one million.
This conclusion was made by some other authors*, and by the present
director of the Federal Bureau of Statistics himself**. Therefore the
Yugoslav Academy of Arts and Sciences from Zagreb requested (in the official letter on May
25, 1990, no.28/4. 1990) from the Federal Bureau of Statistics that they engage in
establishing the population losses of Yugoslavia during the Second World War. A special
study was prepared for this purpose, describing in detail the aforementioned calculations
by several authors, and even the Bureau's participation in the earlier calculations of
losses and listings of slain resistance fighters and other victims of war. In spite of all
urgencies, the Federal Bureau of Statistics has not done anything at all, although the
request was handed in two years ago.
That confirms that even an official institution, which has shared the guilt for
creating such an atmosphere of confusion regarding Second World War human losses, took the
identical negative stand as numerous Serbian authors who have misused this confusing
situation with an aim to create an excuse (both for the Serbian people in the country, and
for the whole international community) for military aggression against Croatia.
* At the conference of the Serbian Academy of Arts
and Sciences, held on June 6, 1985, Dr Dusan Breznik stated that about 1,100.000 people
were killed in the war. Paul Mayers and Arthur Campbell, the American authors of the
study: "The population of Yugoslavia", published by the Bureau of Census,
Washington D.C. , 1954, calculated the Yugoslav life losses at 1,067.000.
** In "Politika Svet Exclusive", a Belgrade periodical,
no.1, April 1990, he stated that demographic losses could be between 1.75 and 2 milion.
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