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40 At the same time, Ustaša paraphernalia came to be sold as openly in Croatia as Četnik material in Belgrade. In the increasingly tense political climate of 1990–91, the invocation of Četnik and Ustaša images was inherently loaded. In Croatia, the newly formed Croatian Democratic Union of Dr. Franjo Tudjman maintained an 38 For examples of the most inflammatory, see Banac, I. ” Daedalus 121: 141–174. 39 Vreme, 20 May 1991: cover story. g. Džadžić, P. (1991) Nova ustaška država. Beograd. national stereotypes in the wars in yugoslavia 15 uneasy relationship to the former Croatian state.
These stories were in fact published in Yugoslav émigré circles after the war, but such publications could not be brought into Yugoslavia or openly mentioned, much less discussed, within the country. Further, the émigré sources were themselves suspect, due to their fanatical hatred of communist Yugoslavia. However, the various stories received substantiation from a more reputable source when Milovan Djilas published his war memoirs in English in 1977 (M. Djilas 1980), even though at that time the book could not be published, discussed or even mentioned in Yugoslavia.
16 chapter one These all too real neofascists provided an explanation for the extraordinary violence that engulfed Yugoslavia at the end of 1991, rendering the fictitious Kurds, Sikhs, Palestinians and others superfluous, and they disappeared from the papers. By autumn, what had seemed impossible during the summer had become reality: the Serbs and Croats, Yugoslavs no longer, were killing each other in large numbers. The denial of their identity as both “Yugoslavs” as well as Croats, Serbs, Slovenes, Muslims, Macedonians and others was key to the transformation of brotherhood to enmity, unity to war.
A Miscellany of Britain: People, Places, History, Culture, Customs, Sport by Tom O'Meara