Pavelic, Ante

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Pavelic, Ante, born 14-07-1889, the same year as Adolf Hitler (did you know), in the small Herzegovinian village of Bradina on the slopes of Ivan Mountain north of Konjic. Ante Pavelić was a Croatian fascist leader, revolutionary, and politician. He ruled as Poglavnik or head, of the Independent State of Croatia (NDH),  a World War II puppet state of Nazi Germany in Axis-occupied Yugoslavia.  In the 1930s, he was a founding member and leader of the Croatian fascist movement, the Ustaše. Pavelić  was a lawyer and prominent politician in the Kingdom

of Yugoslavia, known for his nationalistic beliefs, particularly about an independent Croatia.       From 1927 until 1929 he was a member of the Yugoslav Parliament where he declared his beliefs about Croatian independence.  During this time he called on Croats for armed revolt agains Yugoslavia, and after King Alexander I declared his 6 January Dictatorship he escaped to Italy where he founded the Ustaša – Croatian Revolutionary Movement. At first it was a Croatian nationalist movement with the goal of creating an independent Greater Croatia by means of armed revolt. In October 1934 he planned the assassination of King Alexander I,

  he was assassinated, age 45, on 09-10-1934 and spent time in prison in Italy until 1936. After the Axis invaded Yugoslavia on 10-04–1941 Slavko Kvaternik, he is executed age 68, on 07-06-1947,  declared the Independent State of Croatia in the name of the Poglavnik, Pavelić. As the leader of the Croatian state Pavelić here with Joachim von Ribbentrop  took full control of the country and soon created a political system similar to Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. After the war he escaped to Argentina where he remained politically active.

Death and burial ground of Pavelic, Ante “The Butcher of the Balkan”.

    He was wounded in a 1958 assassination attempt by the Yugoslav Department of State Security,  following which he went to Spain where he died from his wounds on 28-12-1959. Pavelic is buried on the cemetery San Isido, in Madrid.


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