British Diplomatic Reports on the German Minority in Yugoslavia between 1933 and 1945

  • Dušan Biber


The author has established that the German minority who lived in several separate areas in Yugoslavia, were often the subject of diplomatic reports. In 1935, the reports still described the minority as apolitical, whereas in 1938, they detected a clear shift towards nazism. It was anticipated that the minority could be used as an excuse for a military intervention, especially in Dravska banovina where the German economic influence and propaganda were the strongest. After the occupation of Yugoslavia, the British assessed that the minority, because of its conduct during the war, had no real prospects of being allowed to remain in a reformed country and foresaw its partial or total emigration.