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(E) Film Review - The Avoidable War
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  03/19/2002 | Letters to the Editors | Unrated
(E) Film Review - The Avoidable War
 
To: letters@nytimes.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 
 
Dear Editor: 
 
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. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Hilda M. Foley 
National Federation of Croatian Americans 
13272 Orange Knoll 
Santa Ana, CA 92705 
 
 
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