LIDICE – BUT
WHAT ABOUT KOCEVSKI ROG,
AND THOUSANDS OF OTHER ALLIED ATROCITIES LIKE IT?
Every year early in May, since becoming independent in
1991, many thousands of Yugoslavs make a pilgrimage to one of Europe's most
stunningly beautiful yet inaccessible valleys. There are no signposts to
this remote idyll and access is by rough forest tracks and paths.
In this little valley, for three hours, these thousands pray for their loved
ones by a natural earth bowl, which is just 200 feet across and 50 feet wide.
This is the site of yet another appalling massacre carried out with the full
connivance of Churchill and Roosevelt.
During May and June – months after the war's official end – some 12,000
Yugoslav soldiers, most of them in the Slovenian Home Guard, were brought
here by lorry loads.
On arrival, many of them accompanied by women, were stripped naked, bound
together by telephone wire, then forced to run the last 100 metres to the
edge of the bowl, were after being shot in their necks were tumbled into the
Nigel Nicholson in Time of my Life writes: 'Thousands of bodies were
piled in layers in this small place, some who were not killed outright
slowly dying of their wounds, or from suffocation, or the cold. Only half a
dozen managed to escape, and it is to them, one of whom I met, that we owe
these gruesome details.'
The British 8th Army, well aware of these poor peoples fate, had delivered
all the victims to Tito's death squads. The British Government uniquely has
never expressed any remorse.