08 January 2018

0307 | Photo | 13. SS-Freiwilligen b. h. Gebirgs-Division (Kroatien)



MPs of the 13th SS Mountain Division checking papers of two Muslim civilians (a man and a woman) at the entrance to Brčko, near the Sava Bridge (the Brčko–Gunja crossing; seen in the background is the Town Hall). According to the original photo caption, the Muslim woman is obliged to lift her niqab (veil) and confirm her identity before the soldiers for security reasons, because the Partisans persistently try to infiltrate the cities disguised as civilians. Judging by her shy but warm smile, the atmosphere is friendly and the scene has probably been prepared, i.e. staged by the propaganda reporter. Although they wear Muslim fezzes on their heads and Croatian coats of arms on their sleeves, the soldiers (that is, NCOs) checking papers are, in fact, Germans (SS runes and an "Old Guard" insignia are noticeable on their tunics, which were worn exclusively by Germans, members of the Party and SS).

Text: Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Schattinger.
Date: April 1944.
Location: Brčko, Yugoslavia.
Original caption: "The veil is lifting. Since members of the Bolshevik gangs in the Balkans keep trying to infiltrate the cities [disguised] as harmless civilians, the passers-by have to identify themselves. In her passport photo, the Muslim woman is unveiled, so now, in order to prove [her identity] to the soldiers of a Bosnian SS volunteer mountain division, who are on patrol, she has to lift her veil."

File source: NIOD / Beeldbank WO2, 3614.

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Vojni policajci 13. brdske SS-divizije legitimišu dvoje muslimanskih civila (muškarca i ženu) na ulazu u Brčko, kod Savskog mosta (prelaz Brčko–Gunja; u pozadini se vidi gradska kuća). Prema originalnom natpisu fotografije, muslimanka je iz bezbednosnih razloga pred vojnicima obavezna da podigne nikab (veo) i potvrdi svoj identitet, jer partizani uporno pokušavaju da prodru u gradove prerušeni u civile. Sudeći po njenom stidljivo-srdačnom osmehu, atmosfera je prijateljska, a scena verovatno pripremljena, tj. nameštena od strane propagandnog fotoreportera. Iako nose muslimanske fesove na glavi i hrvatske grbove na rukavu, vojnici (odnosno podoficiri) koji vrše legitimisanje zapravo su Nemci (na njihovim bluzama primećuju se SS rune i oznaka "stare garde", koje su nosili isključivo Nemci, članovi partije i SS-a).

Tekst: Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: Šatinger.
Datum: april 1944.
Mesto: Brčko, Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: "Diže se veo. Pošto pripadnici boljševičkih bandi na Balkanu iznova pokušavaju da prodru u gradove [prerušeni] kao bezopasni civili, prolaznici se moraju identifikovati. Na slici u pasošu muslimanka je otkrivena, stoga ona sada mora, da bi potvrdila [svoj identitet] vojnicima jedne bosanske dobrovoljačke brdske SS-divizije, koji su u patroli, da podigne svoj veo."

Izvor fajla: NIOD / Beeldbank WO2, 3614.

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