Tito's Murder Squads

Tito's Murder Squads

2014, Crime  -   13 Comments
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Robert Zagajski stands in a barren field on the outskirts of Munich and stares at the spot where his father's lifeless and beaten body was discovered in 1983. He was just 17 at the time of his father's murder, but the terror of that day still lingers. "This place symbolizes suffering for me," he confesses. As we witness in these opening moments from Tito's Murder Squads, the thrilling new documentary from directors Phillip Grull and Frank Hofmann, Robert's father Djuro was one of 30 victims in what is believed to be the longest series of unsolved murders in German history.

Much like the majority of the slain, Djuro was a Croat exile who stood in strong opposition to the socialist Yugoslavian regime, and sought sanctuary on German soil. There were many thousands of Yugoslavians just like Djuro, who were all anxious to take advantage of Germany's bustling economic promise, and flee the constrictions of their birth place beginning in the late 1960's. But for some, there was no escape, and their homeland followed them in the form of ruthless assassins sanctioned by the communist party and their leader Josip Broz Tito.

Tito's Murder Squads untangles this twisted tale with all the tension and intrigue of an international spy novel. The film tracks a complex investigation that has mystified and challenged German authorities for more than three decades. Their efforts are buoyed by the families of the victims, who struggle to find closure in their quest for justice.

That justice is hard fought, as investigators attempt to shed light on a large group of Yugoslavian spies who have long operated in shadow within Germany's borders. Uncovering reams of secret documents and featuring a series of chilling interviews with many of the key players on both sides of the story, the filmmakers remain vigilant in their pursuit to hold accountable both the members of the Yugoslavian secret service who signed the death warrants and the assassins who carried out these dirty deeds. It's a journey that continues to this day. But for people like Robert Zagajski, discovering the truth behind what was taken from him so long ago is well worth the wait.

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Robert
Robert
6 years ago

This is not a documentary at all...

darealslimshady
darealslimshady
8 years ago

I am with Bok on this one...not much docu value here.
Beside that, Tito was the man! Killed the enemies while they were making bombs targeting YU territory . Smooth.
By the way Martin, Ustashe's Jasenovac is graded number six extermination camp in Jerusalem's Holocaust museum...Not surprised some of the victims mentioned in this movie were actually beaten to death.

northsideultras
northsideultras
8 years ago

His Father Djuro was a Croatian Ustasha Fascist, there are the Problem!

kobra
kobra
9 years ago

Djuro from Croatia ... He was a nazi with a plot to bring nazi regime to Yugoslavia... There are several books about that nazi plot so you don't have to believe me. What would he expect??

Mammy07
Mammy07
9 years ago

Since ancient times, the Serbs (Eastern Orthodox) and Croats (Roman Catholic), have battled each other constantly for religious reasons and sheer revenge. Master Communist strategist during WW2, Josip Broz (Tito) shared a Croat and Slovene parentage. In WW2, before he became Yugoslav's Communist leader, he was well aware of Jasenovac concentration camp where Croats personally hacked to death hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Gypsies and other undesirables. (The Catholic church in Rome included Croat clergy members who participated in Jasenovac atrocities.The church hierarchy secretly helped many of these clergy perpetrators to escape to South America after the war. ) My point is that bloodshed has always occurred on all sides in Yugoslavia. This video tries to make Robert Zagajski the son of an innocent martyr. Ha ha, there few if any innocent martyrs in the former Yugoslavia.

Marino
Marino
9 years ago

How many Orthodox Serbs did Ustasha murder and torture during
WW II? Of course, Robert's family was not involved in Ustasha.
What goes around, comes around. YOU can help stop it, Robert.

TomazZzz
TomazZzz
9 years ago

Its easy to say... Tito's squads of murderers tralala... in 1983 he was for three years dead (R.I.P. druže)!!
If nobody notices I will say it - the deed is done more then obviously by croats to croats. Ofcourse its not exclusive but here in this cases its more then obvious. Even Tito was Croat.
Recently it came out that many of this politicians was working under CIA patronage and its not excluded that also here it was higher "open market" goal.

The fact that many of liquidations happened in '83 I see as a fact that Tito did NOT support this kind of acts. This was cleaning after the fact, hiding the money grabbers behind.