Croatian > Event History > July Events > Bleiburg Commemoration - Documentary film - 29th July 6:30pm


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 who 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 British and 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confessed perpetrators, British officers, military intelligence officials, and scholars, as well as analysis of historical documents and newly released evidence of mass graves, the film traces violations of the Geneva Conventions and international law that resulted in what has come to be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’.

This is a new incredibly well done documentary by film maker, Nikola Knez, which fully reveals and documents so many shocking details and the ugly truth about the brutal massacre of over half a million people..

It must be pointed out that Nikola Knez, President of iFilms LLC and Dr. Dorothy McClellan of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (who wrote the screenplay) won two major prizes at the 51st annual WorldFest International Film Festival in Houston April 28th for their documentary "Tito's License for Genocide."

The film was selected from among more than 4,500 entries from 74 countries. The National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) will raise funds this summer to ensure that this important film gets wide distribution.

Presenting a new documentary Film

6:30pm Sunday 29th July 2018

at the Croatian Club

161 McLeod Rd, te Atatu South