To: email@example.com Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2002 00:27:21 -0800 Subject: Film Review
Letters to the Editor New York Times New York, N.Y. March 16, 2002
In the review of Serb producer Bogdanich's film "Yugoslavia, the Avoidable War" film critic Stephen Holden errs when stating that "it would be inaccurate to label this documentary pro-Serbian". While he sees through most of the fallacies parading as facts, the reviewer evidently does not have any knowledge of events in WWII Yugoslavia and therefore falls easy prey to the film's portrayals of all Croatians as Nazi collaborators. Not only were Serbs also Nazi collaborators , but most importantly left out is the historic fact that the Nazi resistance was formed in Croatia, not Serbia, with Croatians predominating in the antifascist war.
Most outrageously, Serbs, as in this film, still keep bringing up the hugely inflated numbers of Serbs and Jews killed in WWII by Nazi collaborators. While the loss of one innocent life is one too many, research by experts, historians and statisticians back in the 1980's Yugoslavia have proven the numbers to be vastly exaggerated. At the same time Serbs omit ever mentioning the tens of thousands of Jews and others they killed in their own concentration camps in Serbia. It is therefore obvious that such a "documentary" is indeed simply a Serb propaganda film and should not be seen as anything else.
Hilda M. Foley National Federation of Croatian Americans 13272 Orange Knoll Santa Ana, CA 92705
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