The latest cover of a Croatian weekly magazine published the faces of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Italian soon-to-be Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán with Hitler moustaches.
The latest cover of the Croatian weekly magazine ‘Express’ depicts the faces of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Italian soon-to-be Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán with Hitler moustaches under the headline „Achtung [beware]: Croatia between three mini-Fascisms. An analysis of the motives of leaders of anti-Croatian policies in neighbouring states,” reports The Jerusalem Post.
According to reports, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic, Internal Affairs Minister Aleksandar Vulin, and Deputy Prime Minister Zorana Mihajlovic condemned the magazine. Selakovic warned that Croatia is a country where „neo-Nazis did offensive things at the site of the WW2 Jasenovac death camp,” adding that their extremism „feeds on xenophobia and fear of its neighbours.”
Holocaust historian Dr Efraim Zuroff, the Wiesenthal Center’s Director of Eastern European Affairs, said, „While these three politicians are indeed right-wing conservatives, to brand them as Nazis is simply a disgusting and unfair description, which is in extremely poor taste and an insult to the victims of the Nazis.”
It was only a few weeks ago that Croatian soccer fans marched on the streets of Milan, Italy, throwing Nazi salutes during the UEFA Champions League match between Croatia’s Dinamo and Italy’s Milan.
In addition, in Australia, a crowd of Croatian supporters of the Sydney United football club gave Nazi salutes and sang „Za Dom Spremni,” (For the Homeland ready), the Croatian equivalent of the Nazi salute of „Sieg Heil,” during a „Welcome to the land” ceremony.
„Both incidents reflect the deep-seated fascism prevalent in Croatia and among Diaspora Croatian communities,” Zuroff said. „Since the breakup of Yugoslavia and the establishment of the Croatian state, with few exceptions, the government has not sufficiently emphasized the criminal nature of the Independent State of Croatia and the horrific crimes by the Ustasha movement, which governed the country and sought to destroy the Serb, Jewish, and Roma communities.”