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Carl Savich | Columns | serbianna.com Bosnian Muslim War Crimes: World War II
By Carl Savich

Bosnian Muslim War Crimes

Part 1: Atrocities against Christians in the 1990s (includes 3 videos)

Part 2: Bosnian Muslim Contribution to the Holocaust in WWII

Participated in the Holocaust

Bosnian Muslim war crimes did not begin with the 1992-1995 Bosnian civil war. Bosnian Muslims leaders had requested that Adolf Hitler make them a part of the Nazi New order in Europe. Pursuant to this, the Bosnian Muslims formed two Nazi SS Divisions. Bosnian Muslims played a role in the Holocaust and the genocide committed against Serbs during World War II in the NDH, the Croat Nazi puppet state. The “architect of the Holocaust”, Heinrich Himmler was filmed and photographed with the Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS troops. Himmler was committed to forming a Bosnian Muslim statelet under Nazi control.

The Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal declared that the SS was a criminal organization and found that all members of the Waffen SS were guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Bosnian Muslims had two Nazi SS Waffen SS Divisions during World War II, the 13th Waffen SS Division “Handzar/Handschar and the 23rd Waffen SS Division “Kama”. There were approximately 20,000 Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS troops in these two SS Divisions.

This is what the Nuremberg Tribunal held regarding the Waffen SS:

"The SS was utilized for purposes which were criminal under the Charter involving the persecution and extermination of the Jews, brutalities and killings in concentration camps, excesses in the administration of the occupied territories, the administration of the slave labor program and the mistreatment and murder of prisoners of war.....In dealing with the SS the Tribunal includes all persons who had been officially accepted as members of the SS including the members of the Allgemeine SS, members of the Waffen SS, members of the SS Totenkopf Verbaende, and the members of any of the different police forces who were members of the SS.


Bosnian Muslim Mufti prays for Nazi forces and endorses genocide against Serbs and Jews.
The Tribunal declares to be criminal within the meaning of the Charter the group composed of those persons who had been officially accepted as members of the SS as enumerated in the preceding paragraph who became or remained members of the organization with knowledge that it was being used for the commission of acts declared criminal by Article 6 of the Charter, or who were personally implicated as members of the organization in the commission of such crimes, excluding, however, those who were drafted into membership by the State in such a way as to give them no choice in the matter, and who had committed no such crimes. The basis of this finding is the participation of the organization in War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity connected with the war; this group declared criminal cannot include, therefore, persons who had ceased to belong to the organizations enumerated in the proceeding paragraph prior to 1 September 1939."

These Bosnian Muslim war crimes and crimes against humanity during World War II are censored, covered-up, and suppressed. Bosnian Muslim war crimes and crimes against humanity did not begin with the El Mujahedeen Unit of the Bosnian Muslim Army. The precursors go back to the Bosnian Muslim Handzar and Kama Nazi SS Divisions.


Heinrich Himmler, the architect of genocide and the Holocaust, reviewing the Bosnian Muslim Nazi Waffen SS Division Handzar. The Nuremberg Tribunal held all members of the Waffen SS to be war criminals.
There is no question that Reichsfuehrer SS Heinrich Himmler, the architect of the Holocaust and of genocide, was the man responsible for the creation of the two Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS Divisions, Handzar/Handschar and Kama. These two Nazi SS Divisions were created pursuant to the request made by Bosnian Muslim political leaders who personally wrote Adolf Hitler that they wanted to make Muslim Bosnia a part of the Nazi New Order in Europe. One of those Bosnian Muslim leaders making the request to Hitler was the Muslim Mayor of Sarajevo.

Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig, the commander of the Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS Division Handzar/Handschar, was extradited by Yugoslavia after the war for war crimes committed by the Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS Division Handzar. In the final weeks of the war, he joined the Germany Army and commanded a corps within Army Group H in northern Germany. Expecting lenient treatment from U.S. troops, he let the American forces advance freely on Wismar without resistance. Like Himmler, Sauberzweig expected the US and UK to be sympathetic to the plight of Nazi Germany. After all, the backward, subhuman Slav was a common enemy for the “Anglo-Saxon”. He became a British POW and was held at the Civil Internment Camp No. 6.

Subsequently, Yugoslavia requested his extradition for face war crimes charges. His extradition was approved to Yugoslavia. On October 20, 1946, Sauberzweig committed suicide by ingesting a cyanide capsule. This was how Himmler himself had committed suicide in 1945. Hans Konig of Handzar also committed suicide rather than face war crimes charges. Handzar member Otto Kruse swallowed a spoon to avoid trial as a war criminal. It is suspected that a British officer slipped Sauberswig the cyanide. The British did not appreciate the lowly, subhuman Slavs attempting to try an “Anglo-Saxon” for war crimes. Only the Brits could try “war criminals”. How dare these subhuman, inferior Slavs indict someone for “war crimes”. A Yugoslavian officer came to take the alleged war criminal Sauberzweig in custody on October 21. A British officer arrogantly and curtly informed him that Sauberzweig was dead. When the Yugoslav officer wanted to see the corpse, the British officer told him: “For you, the word of a British officer will have to suffice!”

Sarajevo War Crimes Trials, 1947

The Yugoslav government charged 38 members of the Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS Division Handzar for war crimes. A war crimes trial was held in Sarajevo in Bosnia-Hercegovina. The defendants were tried before a military court from August 22 to 30, 1947. They were defended by three defense attorneys, two civilian and one military. They were accused of the murder of 5,000 people in Bosnia-Hercegovina, then part of a Greater Croatia, known as the NDH. The 38 defendants were found guilty of committing war crimes in Bosnia and 10 were sentenced to death. On July 17, 1948, the following members of the Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS Division Handzar were executed in Bosnia: Rolf Baumeister, Walter Eipel, Kurt Lutkemuller, Bruno Lutjens, Heinz Masannek, Josef Palmke, Wilhelm Schmidt, Willi Schreer, Erich Schwerin, and Kurt Weber.

The remaining 28 defendants received sentences that ranged from 5 years imprisonment to life in prison. Wilhelm Mahn died in prison. The commander of the second Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS Division Kama, Hellmuth Raithel, was never apprehended and was never tried for war crimes. He died in 1990. Desiderius Hampel, a commander of the Handzar Division, was able to escape. He died in Graz, Austria in 1981.

A Bosnian Muslim Imam of the Nazi SS Division Handzar, Dzemal Ibrahimovic recalled the escape: “Seventy of us officers were later taken to a camp in Munster, and to internment camps at Fallingbostel and Neuengamme. …There, I met Hampel, our division commander. …A few German comrades eventually helped him escape….”


Indicted war criminal, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, recruited Bosnian Muslims, Kosovo Albanian Muslims, Soviet Muslims, and Arabs and other Muslims for the Nazi forces, rallying global Islam for the Nazi cause.
When the Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS troops were being interrogated, they hid and concealed their membership in the Waffen SS. Bosnian Muslim Ibrahim Alimabegovic, described how he was able to hide his membership in the Nazi SS: “When the British came, they took people’s medals, etc. and checked under our arms for the SS blood type tattoos. I didn’t have one….” He thus escaped prosecution for war crimes as a member of the Nazi SS. Many members of the SS had blood type tattoos. After the war, many tried to remove these tattoos. They also falsified their documentation to conceal the fact that they were members of the SS. They stated that they were members of the German armed forces but concealed the fact of any SS membership or connection to the Waffen SS.

Many of the Bosnian Muslim members of the Handzar and Kama Divisions escaped to Germany or the Middle East. Many of the former Bosnian Muslim members of the Nazi SS Divisions later fought in the Arab armies that sought to destroy Israel. The Bosnian Muslims moved from killing Jews in Europe to killing Jews in the Middle East. Ironically and absurdly, during the Bosnian civil war of 1992-1995, Jewish-Americans and Israelis were the main supporters of Muslim Bosnia.

Dzafer-beg Kulenovic, the president of the Yugoslavian Muslim Organization (JMO) and the vice-president of the Nazi-fascist-Ustasha NDH regime, escaped to Damascus, Syria, where he lived until his death on October 3, 1956. He was the political leader of the Bosnian Muslims during World War II. He was able to escape prosecution for war crimes and genocide charges.

In July 1945, the Yugoslavian government, a charter member of the United Nations, indicted Haj Amin el Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, for war crimes committed in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Husseini, because he was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, one of Islam’s most holy sites, was regarded as one of the most important leaders of the Arab or Muslim world. He had fled from Palestine to work with Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler and Bosnian Muslim leaders in implementing the Final Solution. Husseini came to Sarajevo to cheering Muslim crowds to form the Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS Division Handzar.

Husseini, however, fled from Berlin to Switzerland. But because the Swiss did not want to harbor “alleged war criminals”, they refused him political asylum. The Swiss government gave him to France, where he lived in a villa outside of Paris.

On left: Jihadist Al-Qaeda mujahedeen troops of the Bosnian Muslim Army marching in the streets. On right: Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS troops marching in a street.

Although Palestine was then under British “administration” under the Mandate, the British government, like the French, refused to extradite the Mufti. The British and French governments wanted to have good relations with the Arab and Muslim nations after World War II. They wanted to maintain their colonial and imperial possessions. They did not want to anger the Arab and Muslim leaders because they wanted to control the oil in those countries. What did Yugoslavia have to offer? Nothing. Britain and France could derive nothing from the Slavs. But oil was in abundance in the Arab and Muslim countries. This was how the Grand Mufti escaped prosecution for war crimes in Bosnia.

The French government gave the Mufti “privileged treatment” and saw him as “the head of a great Arab community." The Mufti had his own personal chauffeur, a secretary, and bodyguards. He walked openly in the streets of Paris.

In April, the American Jewish Conference requested that France turn the Mufti over for trial at Nuremberg as a war criminal. Instead, the French government denied the extradition request by Yugoslavia and allowed the Mufti to leave Paris for Cairo. Egypt granted him political asylum. This was how the Grand Mufti was able to “escape” war crimes prosecution in Yugoslavia for alleged war crimes he committed in Bosnia.

The World War II war crimes committed by Bosnian Muslims have been censored and suppressed in the US and the West. The role of Bosnian Muslims in the Holocaust has similarly been meticulously suppressed and covered-up. Finally, the role of Bosnian Muslims in the genocide committed against Bosnian Serbs during World War II has been suppressed and covered-up. This historical falsification allowed the US media and the experts to falsify the role of Islam in the Balkans. Moreover, it allowed the falsification of the role Bosnian Muslims played in the Holocaust and in the genocide against Bosnian Serbs. The Western propaganda machine manufactured a phony and bogus picture of Islam. The history of Bosnia was similarly falsified and fabricated. The war crimes that Bosnian Muslims committed were flushed down the sinkhole of history.


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