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BLEIBURG: TITO'S LICENSE FOR GENOCIDE

# ( 201 )         38 min           2017    


Director            Nikola Knez

Producer          Damir O. Rados

Screenplay       Dorothy S. McClellan, Nikola Knez

Film Genre       Documentary

Country            USA / Croatia

In 1945, just a few days after the end of World War II, Tito and his Partisans initiated an extermination campaign against men, women, and children they viewed as enemies of the regime. 


The mass slaughter began with the forced repatriation of 700,000 civilians and soldiers who fled Croatia and Slovenia seeking asylum in Austria immediately at the close of the war. The refugees, deceived by the British into believing they would be given safe haven by the Americans in Italy, instead were loaded onto trains and sent back to Yugoslavia.Large numbers were massacred outright, others died on forced death marches and in mass executions across the country.


Through filmed interviews with survivors, confessed perpetrators, British officers, military intelligence officials, and scholars, as well as analysis of historical documents and newly released evidence of mass graves, the film traces violations of the Geneva Conventions and international law that resulted in what has come to be known as The Bleiburg Massacre and Operation Slaughterhouse.

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