Anti-Fascist Struggle Day

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Anti-Fascist Struggle Day (HRV) History

Anti-Fascist Struggle Day commemorates the resistance against fascist regimes and their ideologies. The purpose of this day is to honor those who fought against oppression and tyranny, and as a reminder of the importance of democracy, freedom, and human rights in modern society. This day is particularly significant as it not only pays tribute to the heroic efforts of those who resisted fascism during World War II but also serves as a reminder of the ongoing need for vigilance against extremism in today's world.

The origin of Anti-Fascist Struggle Day can be traced back to the 44-day popular uprising against the Nazis in the Independent State of Croatia in 1941, which led to the establishment of the first armed anti-fascist unit in Europe. Within the context of the European Union, Anti-Fascist Struggle Day serves as a strong reminder of the shared history of sacrifice and the values that constitute the foundation of the European community. The day has evolved into a symbol of unity for the member states, highlighting the importance of solidarity and cooperation in the pursuit of peace, stability, and harmony within the region.

Throughout the European Union, Anti-Fascist Struggle Day is observed in various ways. Commemorative events, educational forums, and discussions on the relevance of anti-fascist struggle in contemporary times are often held, allowing citizens to reflect on the significance of the resistance against extremism. Anti-Fascist Struggle Day is usually observed on the 22nd of June, marking the anniversary of the beginning of the popular uprising in Croatia in 1941.

Top facts and quotes about Anti-Fascist Struggle Day

  • Croatia's National Liberation Army featured about 230,000 soldiers, 52 brigades and 17 divisions.
  • During World War II, fascist Axis powers such as Germany and Italy occupied Croatia in April of 1941. The party that came into power, the Ustase, created concentration camps to persecute and murder minorities much like in other areas under occupation.
  • During World War II, Croatia was not yet a country. It was part of the former country of Yugoslavia until it separated in 1991.
  • I write against violence. I write against fascism. I write against one person dominating another. - Timothy Findley, Canadian novelist and playwright
  • Fascism is capitalism plus murder - Upton Sinclair, American Author

Anti-Fascist Struggle Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend the wreath-laying ceremony at the monument-park in Brezovica to pay your respects to those who gave their lives in the struggle against fascism. Much of the political elite will also be in attendance.
  • Spread awareness on social media using hashtags such as #nofascism, #antifasciststruggleday and #croatiaagaisntfascism.
  • Read a book about Croatia's history throughout the 20th century to gain a better understanding of the Axis powers' occupation and the struggles against fascist rule. Some of our favourites include: Croatia Under Ante Pavelic, The Death Camps of Croatia and The Yugoslav Auschwitz and the Vatican.
  • Learn to recognise evil and confront it head on like the anti-fascist movements in Croatia during WWII. Think about some of the world's evils and ponder on ways to confront and solve these problems. Some ideas include genocide, poverty, oppression and discrimination.
  • Visit Jasenovac, the largest Croatian concentration camp during WW2, to see some of the atrocities of the fascist regime. In 1966, a large memorial was erected in memory of the victims that lost their lives there.

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