Smiling at death


Stjepan_Stevo_FilipovićWith a noose around his neck on the scaffold, resistance fighter Stjepan Filipovic defied his Nazi captors. “Death to facism! Freedom to people!” the Yugoslav jeered.

There is a cause that is worth more than conserving your life: it is fighting evil. There are men who are unafraid to pay the ultimate price for the highest good, whether they be our armed forces or missionaries in remote villages. They are unafraid because they realize if they don’t live for something valuable, they don’t live.

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13 responses to “Smiling at death

  1. Historians debate which was worse, Nazism or Stalinist communism which was exported to countries like Yugoslavia where Filipovic was a supporter. There’s no doubt that Tito’s brand of communism was milder that the Moscow version but non-supporters

  2. …were still victimized.

      • Thanks for your posts by the way. I enjoy your down to earth, faith-translated-to-life messages. No, I’m actually Polish and I’ve done quite a bit of study on the conflict between the socialists/communists and the nationalists in interbellum (as well as during the war and post-war) Eastern and Central Europe. Millions were killed by the Soviets, in numbers rivaling and surpassing victims of the Nazis. Of course, the nationalists weren’t without blame either. In the inter-war period, hyper-nationalist, right-wing governments played right into the hands of communist recruiters. In Filipovic’s Yugoslavia, the reactionary Ustase of Croatia were tightly aligned with the Catholic church and worked hand in hand with the Nazis in eliminating socialists/communists (along with Orthodox Serbs, Jews, Gypsies, etc. I admire Filipovic his spunk but the system he represented was as deadly as the Nazis

  3. sdcharg, “the Catholic church worked hand in hand with the Nazis”? Is this true?

  4. You’re misquoting me. My statement was “…the reactionary Ustase of Croatia were tightly aligned with the Catholic church and worked hand in hand with the NazisNo, that statement is definitely not a blanket statement. But in Croatia the right-wing Ustase worked very closely with the Catholic church and the Ustase worked closely with the Nazis. Check out “Ustase” on Wkipedia.

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