27 August 2015

0025 | Photo | SS-Karstwehr-Bataillon



Operation "Annemarie". With smiling faces, members of the SS Karst Defence Battalion decapitate a captured Partisan, member of the XVI Slovenian Brigade, near the village of Carnizza d'Idria. According to other photographs from the same series, another Partisan suffered the same fate. After the decapitation, their heads were placed on a table, (allegedly) with a note for the Partisans (in Slovenian): "Warm greetings from the SS Karst Defence Battalion! Men in green jackets." Two of the pictured SS men were later (allegedly) identified – one as an Italian volunteer Francesco Macotti (one of the two men holding the victim's arms; in this particular shot, only his hands are partially visible, in the bottom right corner) and the other as a German, a certain Walter W. (the man with an axe). Nobody was prosecuted for the crime. There was also a version according to which this was actually a revenge for a larger crime of the same kind committed by Slovenian Partisans (decapitation of several members of the same SS unit), but that claim, as far as is known, was never proven to be true.

Text © Ivan Ž.

Photographer: unknown.
Date: 11 June 1944.
Location: Carnizza d'Idria (Idria), Italy.
Original caption: unknown.

File source: Centro "Leopoldo Gasparini" / INSMLI.

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Operacija "Anamarija". Nasmejanih lica, pripadnici Kraško-odbrambenog SS-bataljona odrubljuju glavu zarobljenom partizanu, pripadniku XVI slovenačke brigade, u blizini sela Idrijske Krnice. Ostale fotografije iz iste serije svedoče da je još jednog partizana zadesila ista sudbina. Nakon odrubljivanja, glave su postavljene na sto, a uz njih je (navodno) ostavljena i poruka partizanima (na slovenačkom): "Srdačan pozdrav od Kraško-odbrambenog SS-bataljona! Ljudi u zelenim jaknama." Dvojica od esesovaca sa slika kasnije su (navodno) identifikovana – jedan kao italijanski dobrovoljac Frančesko Makoti (jedan od dvojice koji drže žrtvi ruke; na ovom konkretno snimku delimično mu se vide samo šake, u donjem desnom ćošku), a drugi kao Nemac, izvesni Valter V. (čovek sa sekirom). Za zločin niko nije odgovarao. Postoji i verzija po kojoj je ovo zapravo bila osveta za veći zločin iste vrste počinjen od strane slovenačkih partizana (odrubljivanje glava nekolicini pripadnika iste SS-jedinice), ali ta tvrdnja, koliko je poznato, nije dokazana.

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: nepoznat.
Datum: 11. jun 1944.
Mesto: Idrijske Krnice (Idrija), Italija.
Originalni natpis: nepoznat.

Izvor fajla: Centro "Leopoldo Gasparini" / INSMLI.

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