The Republic of Serbia has made a decisive move to reclaim its historical heritage by acquiring one of the thirteen original copies of Directive No. 25, signed by German Chancellor Adolf Hitler on March 27, 1941. This directive, ordering an attack on the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the Kingdom of Greece, carries immense historical significance as it marked the commencement of the Second World War across the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
Historical Significance of Directive No. 25
The importance of this document is on par with the telegram declaring war on the Kingdom of Serbia by the Austro-Hungarian Empire on July 28, 1914. Adolf Hitler's directive signaled the start of four years of intense warfare and immense suffering, particularly among the Serbian population.
The Directive and its Implications
Directive No. 25 consisted of explicit orders for brutal air raids on Yugoslavia and round-the-clock bombings of Belgrade. It also included a clause expressing readiness to hand over parts of occupied Yugoslavia's territory to Bulgaria and Hungary and escalate internal political tensions in Yugoslavia by making political promises to the Croats.
Consequences of Hitler's Directive
The directive set the stage for the creation of the Independent State of Croatia and initiated a genocide against the Serbs across its territory. This acquisition of the directive by the Serbian government underscores its resolve and commitment, led by President Aleksandar Vučić, to recover cultural artifacts of significance to the Serbian people and state.