Can you please enlighten us all to which NDH documents you are referring to when you mention "NDH's policy of genocide"
Misha Glenny's book The Balkans: Nationalism, War & the Great Powers, 1804-1999
includes a chapter called "The City of the Dead" with a subsection titled "Genocide
- the Balkan Camps: Romania, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia" Here are some quotes:
"...The Ustase turned their territory into one great slaughterhouse...In Croatia, the terror unleashed by the Ustase against the Serbian villages of Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina drove Serbs into the arms of the Chetniks and the Partisans."
...The terror in Croatia (which now included Bosnia and Hercegovina) was directed against the usual targets of a fascist party - Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and political opponents of the Ustase. But Pavelic was also determined to 'solve' the Serb question in Croatia: a third of the two million Serbs in the NDH would be expelled; a third would be assimilated through conversion from Orthodoxy to Catholicism; and a third would be killed. With such a range of potential victims, the Ustase leadership tried to simplify its policy of mass extermination wherever possible. As early as 17 April 1941, the Legal Decree for the Defense of the People and State was published. The first clause proclaimed 'Whosoever in whatever manner offends or has offended against the honor and vital interests of the Croat nation, or in whatever manner threatens the existence of the Independent State of Croatia or the state authorities, whether in deed or in mere intent, this person has committed the crime of high treason.' (footnote 25) The decree allowed for retroactive persecution and made no attempt to define the 'honor' or 'vital interests' of the Croats; it was a formula that allowed the Ustase to fashion a case of high treason against anyone.
Footnote 25 cites Bogdan Krizman's Pavelic izmedju Hitlera i Mussolinija
Zagreb, 1980 p.117.
the passage continues
"The Ustase has more difficulty defining Serbs, who were indistinguishable from Croats in racial terms. Serbs were stigmatized instead on the grounds of culture and confession. They were defined as 'Eastern Greek' in the Decree on Conversion from One Faith to Another which came into force on 3 May 1941...The leadership wanted to ensure that Serbs with money and education did not survive the planned genocide. The the Jews and Gypsies, Croatia's Serbs were denied citizenship in the NDH, a measure designed to speed up the sequestration of the victim's assets. The proceeds were used in party to pay for the physical liquidation of the original owner."
Page 501 gives a brief synopsis of the Jasenovac camp, the salient points of which have already been mention on various AHF threads to date.
Another book that touches upon the planned, genocidal policies of the NDH is Richard West's Tito and the Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia
(Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1995). For example, in the chapter "The Ustase Terror":
...Two months before he met the bishops, Pavelic had begun to put into action his plan to wipe out the two million Orthodox Christians, Jews and Gypsies within the NDH. In April 1941 the government issued decrees forbidding the use of Cyrillic script, closing the Orthodox schools and making the Serbs wear blue armbands, with the letter 'P' for 'Pravoslav' (Orthodox). In May and June the government passed laws depriving the Jews of the right to property or marriage with Gentiles."
West discusses the NDH policy of forced conversion of Serbs on subsequent pages, which includes this passage on p.93:
...The Ustase newspaper Hrvatska Krajina
carried a long report on the visit by Victor Gutic to the Franciscan monastery at Pertricevac, where he delivered a rousing address:
'Like an angel with a fiery sword, Prefect Dr. Gutic raised his voice which had been muted until now, declaring emphatically: 'Each and every Croat who takes the side of our enemy of yesterday [the Serbs] is not only not a good Croat but an opponent and hinderer of our previously thought-out and calculated plan for the cleansing of our Croatia of unwanted elements. Let us call on the mercy of God if that patriotic labor sometimes oversteps the usual bounds of religious morals and ethics, knowing that Almighty God, the most stern but also the most good and charitable, will approve the struggle to guard the independence of the long-suffering but God-loving Croatian people. (footnote 31)
Gutic was one of the first on record to use the term 'cleansing' (in Serbo-Croat 'ciscenje', pronounced cheesh-chen-ye) to mean the elimination of Serbs or Orthodox Christians from the NDH. It later became the semi-official euphemism, occurring constantly in the documents of the administration.
Footnote 31 cites Viktor Novak's Magum Crimen
p.705 (Zagreb, 1948)
For those interested in the historiography of the NDH regime, West specifically mentions in his footnotes section that there is little written in any language that gives a comprehensive history of the WWII Croatian state. However, he does includes some helpful suggestions on works to consult and scholars to research for additional information, including the Croatian historians Fikrita Jelic-Butic, Bogdan Krizman and Antun Miletic, the latter who has specialized in and gathered documentation on NDH concentration camps. Perhaps the most comprehensive work on the crimes of the NDH is Novak's 1948 work Magum Crimen: Pola vijeka klerikalizma u Hrvatskoj
, which was banned by Tito.
Another great source of information is the diaries of Glaises von Horstenau, a former K.u.K. officer who served as the German Plenipotentiary General to the NDH during WWII. Ein General im Zwielicht: Die Erinnerungen Edmund Glaises von Horstenau
, published in the 1980's, documents the NDH's genocidal campaign against non-Croats and the General's rising dislike for the Pavelic regime.
Perhaps the first book in English to mention NDH crimes was Stephen Clissold's Whirlwind
, published in 1948. Clissold served in the Allied military mission to the Partisans during WWII and was a prewar resident of Zagreb.