26 9 2023



Antifascism is a constant of the activities of the Association for Social Research and Communications (UDIK). Countering all forms of fascism what we share with all democratic forces in the country and the world, while anti-fascism after World War II has become an unquestioned democratic values. It is being shared by all freedom-loving people, so that, for example, May 9, which is marked as the anniversary of the capitulation of Hitler’s Germany, has also been declared as the Day of Europe.

Historically, Fascism was prevalent in various forms: the Italian Fascism, German national socialism (and local imitations), as well as in Bosnia and Herzegovina in form of the Ustasha movement, the Spanish Francism, etc. In x-Yugoslavian countries all puppet movements were more or less fascistic movements, what was especially evident through their genocide practices (Ustasha camp Jasenovac was the biggest concentration camp in Europe if we do not count German camps, while Sarajevo became thanks to national collaborations almost completely cleansed from Jews in 1941). The wars in the 90s was actually a continuation  of the local forms of fascism which were thought to be defeated in 1945.

However, we shall not disregard the role of Slobodan Milosevic who called for antifascist traditions, but used to be in all forms national socialist.

Today Fascism is present in various forms: attempts of revisions of history (e.g., Holocaust denying attempts), to various forms of totalitarian ideologies, neo-fascist, neo-nazistic, racist and similar movements.

In smaller areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina fascistic tendations are being detected in organized denials, or relativisations of the criminal past form the 90s of in the last century, while on the other side there are also activities of neo-nazistic and cleric-fascistic groups, who bring the worst forms of hatred into public speeches and seek to establish organic (i.e. totalitarian and fascist) regimes.

The Dayton Agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina has led to a discontinuation of radical violence – the war, but it did not lead to changes in the ideological system, cultural patterns that actually produced the war: the hatred of others and of a variety of ethnic, religious, sexual forms, because of what UDIK continued very intensively to advocate against all forms of fascism in the society.

By opposing the denial of a criminal past and hate speeches, UDIK constantly denounces any local aspects of fascism.

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