In time of general and never ending anti-Serbian hysteria and mass historical falsifications that have led to the morbide situations, i.e. descendants of victims acquit the executors and provide them with general and overall comprehensive forgiveness as well as assistance in some new mas murders worldwide, the old archives are precious guardians of the truth. Finding and publishing old documents, books and newspapers is a way to preserve the historical truth and to withstand popular abusements and forgeries.
Two Thousand Bulgarian Jews Reported Fighting with Chetniks in Serbia / “JTA” Jewish News Archive August 9, 1942
Increased anti-Semitism and restrictions in Bulgaria after the recent warning by the government that all the Jews in the country would be concentrated in two ghettos have resulted in 2,000 Bulgarian Jews fleeing the country to Serbia, where they have joined the Chetnik guerrillas of Gen. Draja Mihailovitch [Draza Mihailovich], it was reliably reported here today.
At present, thousands of Yugoslavian Jews are fighting with the Chetniks and several of the commanders of Mihailovitch’s detachments are Jewish. It has been reported that Jewish newspapers are published by these groups.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
9 August 1942
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Some more data about these Jews Chetniks can still be found in Serbian archives; For exaple, Dragutin Brandeis was a Jugoslav Jew. He testified after the War that 17 Jews have been tried by the Communist regime after the War for being Chetniks. His cousin Rudi Klofer, a driver of the Chetnik Duke of Dalmatia Dobrosav Jevdjević, was sentenced to death by Tito’s regime. But later on, at the request of his brother Rudi’s sentence have been reduced to 20 years in prison. At the time of the emigration of Jews to the newly established state of Israel, Rudi Klofer, like other Jews serving prison sentence, left Yugoslavia and gone to Israel.
According to the archives, the Jews from the very beginning joined Chetniks, as an anti-fascist movement . In the first group of 24 officers and non-commissioned officers ( the embryo of the future guerrilla movement ), which in early May 1941. arrived at Ravna Gora (there was a Chetnik HQ) there was one Jew – Samokovlija Benjamin, born in Bosnia .
German warrant and award for Mihailovich, dead or alive: 100 000 Reichsmarks
At the beginning of the war, except for the Jews who had previously been associated with the Communist movement, the general attitude among Jewish population was to join the anti anti-Nazi movement they first make contact with. General Mihailovich and the vast majority of his officers and staff have never harbored any anti-Semitic feelings . Members of Mihailovich’s Chetniks have always considered Jews the greatest victims of Nazism and therefore provided them with every possible assistance and support. Jews who fled German, Croatian and Bulgarian persecution were provided with protection and shelter by Mihajlovich and JVUO (Yugoslav Army in the Fatherland ); many of them joined their units and fought Nazis. Just mention a few:
Reserve lieutenant Anaf dr.Josif , an econom in Supreme Command (later executed by the Germans in Banjica conc. camp) , Lieutenant Goetz Egon Chief of Nisavski corps staff; dr.Dajč Ladislav doctor in Rasinski Corps; the personal physician of gen. Draza Mihailovich and also medical clerk was dr.Goldvajn Tibor, who, together with his wife Anne, had been accomodated in General Headquarters; dr.Atijas Regina, doctor; engineer Joseph Schlesinger Willie; dr. Atlas Djordje , Krišaber Franjo, Levenberg Oto , Klofer Rudi, who was a personal driver of the chetnik duke Jevđević , lawyer Mervorak Abraham, Chamberlain Otto, Pressburger Dragutin and many others .
The Jews were hiding under Serbian pseudonymes sometimes; they joined and supported JVUO (Yugoslav Army in the Fatherland, Chetniks) in the areas outside Serbia as well. In a New Year’s greeting card addressed to compatriots in America, among other things was said: ”… the Jews who are fighting in the JVUO (Yugoslav Army in the Fatherland,chetniks) units are sending greetings to American Jews, and expressing best wishes for the New Year . We are happy to fight under the command of General Mihailovic against the enemies of the Yugoslav people. We expect from our brethren in the United States full support in order to achieve a common goal – democratic freedoms and punishment for criminals . “
In retaliation for misdeeds against Jews, Belgrade illegals, the JVUO members , in May 1944. assassinated and killed Cvetan Djordjevic, German puppet and deputy Minister of the Interior for introduction of anti-Jewish measures.