Lisa Adeli Publishes Book on Minorities in the Balkans During WWII

CMES Outreach Coordinator Lisa Adeli, recently published her first book, "Resistance to the Persecution of Ethnic Minorities in Croatia and Bosnia During World War II." The book is published by Edwin Mellen Press and available for purchase through major book sellers.


During World War II, the Croatian ultra-nationalist Ustaa persecuted nearly two million Serbs, Jews, and Roma in the Independent State of Croatia (present-day Croatia and Bosnia). Political analysts today often cite this genocide as proof that ethnic violence within the region is inevitable. However, an equally important reality is that within just four years, Ustaa excesses had provoked a widespread popular reaction against the violence and the national exclusivity that inspired it.


“Adeli found valuable microcopies of testimony to support her account at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. Also important were primary sources held in the Hoover Institute of War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University in California as well as in published eyewitness reports, documents, and newspapers. These materials enabled her withal to illuminate the ideals of Yugoslavisrn in Croatia and Bosnia coupled with Panslavism and Croatia’s militant Partisans, who opposed the pro-Serbian Cetnici.” – Prof. Frederick Kellogg, University of Arizona

“. . . does nothing less than, on the basis of extraordinary evidence culled from never-previously- examined materials of the Holocaust Museum, make the case that human decency and solidarity can sometimes trump the passions of virulent extremist nationalism. Arguing against past and current apologists for the notion that different ethnic groups cannot coexist peaceably within a single state, Adeli shows that within the genocidal crucible of the wartime “Independent State of Croatia,” a partisan movement of Croats, Muslims, Jews, Serbs, Roma, Volksdeutsch and Hungarians emerged dedicated to the idea that common humanity was more important than ethnic difference.” – Prof. Douglas R. Weiner, University of Arizona

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