Overview of priests and other officials from all religious communities convicted in Croatia in period 1944-1951, 14 February 1952. Archival document
The document has 95 pages, it was dated on 14 February 1952 and originally entitled “Overview of priests and other officials from all religious communities, convicted in Croatia in the period 1944-1951.” It is an alphabetical list of 271 priests, seminarians and religious officials convicted in Croatia in that period. For each person, the religious affiliation, type of offence, and the type and place of enforcement of the sentence (execution, strict imprisonment, forced labour, loss of civil rights) are listed.
The opposition activities for which they were convicted were primarily: speeches against the authorities, printing/reproduction of illegal flyers and brochures in private homes, monasteries and other sacral buildings, distribution of such flyers and brochures, and threatening letters to the state authorities. They were also accused of cooperation with the Ustasha regime and the foreign occupiers, espionage, sabotage and assistance to illegal organisations during and in the initial post-war years.
According to data at the end of the document, among the convicted were: 206 Roman Catholic priests, 15 Roman Catholic seminarians, 15 Roman Catholic nuns, 3 Greek Catholic priests, 13 Orthodox priests, 2 Orthodox nuns, 1 Evangelical leader, 2 leaders of the Islamic Religious Community, 7 leaders of Seventh-day Adventist Church and 7 leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses. As set out below, at the time of writing that report, there were another 70 persons in the penitentiaries in Stara Gradiška, Lepoglava and Slavonska Požega: 57 Roman Catholic priests, 9 Roman Catholic seminarians, 3 Roman Catholic nuns and 1 Orthodox priest.
The document is available for research and copying. It was quoted in the works of several authors (Akmadža 2003, p. 183; Matijević 2007, p. 121).
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- HR-HDA-1561. State Security Service of the Republic Secretariat of the Interior of the Socialist Republic of Croatia. Internal issues, Religious communities, Overview of the priests and other officials from all religious communities, convicted in Croatia in period 1944 – 1951, code 00/8.
- Croatian State Archives