Vladimir Dedijer
Vladimir Dedijer was a Yugoslav partisan fighter
Partisans (Yugoslavia)
The Yugoslav Partisans, or simply the Partisans were a Communist-led World War II anti-fascist resistance movement in Yugoslavia...

, politician
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 and historian
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During World War II
World War II
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 he was an editor
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 of the Yugoslav Communist Party newspaper Borba
Borba (newspaper)
Borba is a Serbian newspaper, formerly the official newspaper of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia...

, and member of the agitprop
Agitprop is derived from agitation and propaganda, and describes stage plays, pamphlets, motion pictures and other art forms with an explicitly political message....

 section to the General Staff.

After the war he was a member of Yugoslav delegation on 1946 Paris peace conference
Paris Peace Treaties, 1947
The Paris Peace Conference resulted in the Paris Peace Treaties signed on February 10, 1947. The victorious wartime Allied powers negotiated the details of treaties with Italy, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Finland .The...

 and on several sessions of United Nations General Assembly
United Nations General Assembly
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 (1945-1952). In 1952 he became a member of the Party's Central Committee
Central Committee
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 and was excluded from it following the fall of Milovan Đilas. From then on, he devoted himself to writing history
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 and teaching (he taught at University of Belgrade
University of Belgrade
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 and at various universities in United Kingdom
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 and United States
United States
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). In 1955 he was charged with disseminating "hostile propaganda", but served no jail time.

One of his most famous books is The Yugoslav Auschwitz and the Vatican: The Croatian Massacre of the Serbs During World War II which was translated in several languages. Another book, The Road to Sarajevo, discusses the origins of World War I
World War I
World War I , which was predominantly called the World War or the Great War from its occurrence until 1939, and the First World War or World War I thereafter, was a major war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918...

. In his book Prilozi za biografiju Josipa Broza Tita, Dedijer cited casualties at the Jasenovac concentration camp
Jasenovac concentration camp
Jasenovac concentration camp was the largest extermination camp in the Independent State of Croatia and occupied Yugoslavia during World War II...

 of 700,000 people. The figure is frequently quoted despite the fact that historians, Serb and non-Serb alike, do not consider this a reasonable estimate.

On the other hand, there are authors who strongly oppose this kind of revisionism considering it an outright downplay of the body count and a mere apologism.

He wrote two important accounts of Partisan history: Diary and Tito, both of which have been published in English
English language
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He was Chairman and President of Sessions at the 1966 Russell Tribunal
Russell Tribunal
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, and member of the Scientific Committee of the Russell Tribunal in Rome in 1974.

See also

  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
    Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
    The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was the Yugoslav state that existed from the abolition of the Yugoslav monarchy until it was dissolved in 1992 amid the Yugoslav Wars. It was a socialist state and a federation made up of six socialist republics: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia,...

  • Jasenovac concentration camp
    Jasenovac concentration camp
    Jasenovac concentration camp was the largest extermination camp in the Independent State of Croatia and occupied Yugoslavia during World War II...

  • Jefto Dedijer
    Jefto Dedijer
    Jefto Dedijer was a Serb writer, geographer and influential in the formation of the Serb Academy. He who was born to a peasant family, in the 19th century in Bileća in the Herzegovina region of what was then Austria-Hungary. He had three sons, Vladimir, Boro Dedijer and Stevan...

  • Stevan Dedijer
    Stevan Dedijer
    Stevan Dedijer was a Yugoslav academic and a pioneer of Business Intelligence.Stevan Dedijer was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to Serb parents, Milica Dedijer and Jefto Dedijer....

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